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Dealing With Dental Emergencies - The Practical Way

Embarking on our day-to-day activities in your home and work frequently makes us oblivious of the possibility of dental emergencies that may suddenly occur, without us having the prior knowledge of coping with certain situations. In the following guide, we will tackle the significance of sensible remedies and cautionary measures involving dental crises.


1 common fault of people who experience toothaches is that they think that cleaning the enamel and completely gargling with cold water can relieve the pain. Actually, this may only worsen the pain because the bristles of the toothbrush may burn the gums. It's more effective to floss the teeth and rinse the mouth with warm water to ensure that the gums and the teeth are rid of some germs latched onto them. Tightly pressing the teeth is also one common mistake people make. If you are going through toothaches through the day, it's better to not take a rest, because lying will increase the blood circulation to the affected region, thereby inflicting more pain on the tooth.

If the toothache is persistent, it's much better to go see your dentist and get a thorough examination to know whether the aching tooth has a sill or crack and is in need of instant composite filling. The more you self-medicate the tooth, the higher the odds of it getting worse.

Chipped/Broken Teeth

Chipped teeth tend to be caused by slipping on the floor and landing face-first on the concrete. Bleeding will automatically ensue from the damaged region due to the continuing impact. But before moving to rinse your mouth, retrieve the chipped pieces of your teeth and see your dentist as soon as possible. Apply cold compress on the lips or other areas affected by the impact before moving to the dentist.

Knocked Out Tooth

Having a tooth knocked will require proper treatment and care, as well as quick thinking. Should you suddenly got an whole tooth knocked out, hold it by the crown, not by the root. Immediately rinse it from any foreign germs from the surface it dropped into. Don't wash or brush it, because regenerative tissues are still intact on the rootcause. If you believe it can be reinserted to its socket, do this by carefully aligning and reattaching it. If that does not work, put it in a clean container of milk or a glass of water with a pinch of table salt. The processes mentioned above must take 10 to 15 minutes of your time. Again, dental emergency services to stress. Dedicate the next half hour to going to the closest dentist. Do not wait in line. Tell the secretary that it is an emergency and that your tooth was knocked off. Jagged teeth have significantly higher odds of being salvaged if taken into the dentist an hour after being knocked off.

Objects Caught In-between Teeth

In situations like these, the common remedy of individuals is poking out the object trapped in-between the teeth by using a sharp object. This isn't how it needs to be done. First and foremost, use dental floss to efficiently exfoliate the stuck object. If this doesn't work, see your dentist. Any subsequent poking will only cause reparation of the tooth surface.

Lost Filling

Though highly unlikely in the majority of scenarios, suddenly losing entire dental fillings is not any uncommon occasion in the specialty of dentistry. Eating extremely hard-to-chew foods can rip out the whole dental filling, resulting in severe pain. In instances such as these, you should cover the exposed area with sugarless gum or even better, if there is clinic nearby, buy over-the-counter dental cement to guarantee maximum protection for the tooth before you proceed to the dentist.

Broken Brace Wires

Wire braces use rough, stainless steel metal which can not be trimmed by just kitchen shears alone. When the wires abruptly stand out, be as careful as possible in repositioning the wire back to its initial position. Even better, see the orthodontist who installed your braces to avoid any potential damage in your teeth. Cases such as these are normal especially when a person has tempted to eat illegal foods for brace-owners. Mouth sores can also be set to follow within three days when left unattended.

Loose Brackets

Use the same treatment as broken wire braces: try to revert back the bracket to its initial angle befo
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