Here are some tips for common dental emergencies:
- For a knocked-out permanent or adult tooth, keep it moist at all times.
- For a cracked tooth, immediately rinse the mouth with warm water to clean the area.
- If you bite your tongue or lip, clean the area gently with water and apply a cold compress.
What is considered a dental emergency?
“Dental emergencies are a continuum,” Simmons said. “Emergencies are usually fractures and infections, and urgent matters are when you have pain, sudden sensitivity to sweets or hot or cold drinks.”
What do you do for emergency dental care?
Apply a cold compress to the outside of the mouth, cheek, or lip near the broken/chipped tooth to keep any swelling down and relieve pain. See your dentist as soon as possible.
What is the most common dental emergency?
Common dental emergencies include pulpitis, abscesses, cellulitis, pericoronitis, and broken, loose or missing teeth. Inflammation or infection of the pulp, or nerve of the tooth, is called pulpitis.You may experience pain after eating hot or cold foods.
Can I go to hospital for dental emergency?
For all dental emergencies, it’s important to visit your dentist as soon as possible. Most dentists reserve time in their daily schedules for emergency patients so be sure to call your dentist and provide as much detail as you can about your condition.