What to do in a Dental Emergency
Accidents happen, and knowing what to do when a dental emergency occurs can mean the difference between losing and saving a tooth. Dental emergencies are serious and shouldn't be ignored. Dr. Manny Valerin at Valerin Dental Group in Peoria, IL, offers a full range of dental services, including emergency care. Here are some tips for handling the most common dental emergencies.
1. A Severe Toothache- Toothaches are usually the result of either tooth decay or an infection. Rinse your mouth with salt water and use an interdental cleaner or dental floss to make sure the area is clean. Apply a cold compress to the outside of your cheek to reduce pain. Call your emergency dentist immediately. Appropriate treatment could include antibiotics and root canal treatment.
2. Broken Tooth- A cracked or broken tooth is a dental emergency. Call an emergency dentist immediately. If the pulp of your tooth is damaged, you may need root canal treatment. If the pulp isn't damaged, you might only need a dental crown. In the interim, you should rinse your mouth with salt water to keep the area clean. Put an ice pack on your face to reduce swelling. If you have the broken tooth piece, wrap it in a wet cloth or wet gauze and bring it with you to your Peoria dentist.
3. Knocked-Out Tooth- When a tooth is knocked out, you should call an emergency dentist immediately. If it is within 30 minutes of the injury, it may be possible to reimplant the tooth. Gently rinse the tooth to remove debris or dirt. If you can, gently place the tooth back in the socket. If you can't put the tooth back in place, wrap the tooth in gauze or a clean cloth and immerse in milk. Seeing an emergency dentist quickly is critical for saving a knocked-out tooth.
4. Tooth Abscess- A tooth abscess may occur when a tooth is fractured or injured in other ways. A tooth abscess is a collection of pus that's caused by a bacterial infection. Signs and symptoms of a tooth abscess include a severe toothache, swelling in your face, and jaw pain. If you have a tooth abscess, rinse your mouth with warm water to dislodge any food debris. Clean the area around the tooth by flossing and brushing gently. Apply an ice pack on the outside of your cheek. Contact an emergency dentist immediately.
If you're experiencing a dental emergency, call Valerin Dental Group at 309-693-2310 immediately for emergency dental treatment. We will make sure you receive quality care and are seen as soon as possible. Our Peoria, IL, dentist will get you out of pain and on with your life.