At Creekside Dental, our dentists, Dr. Bennett Packard strive to help you with all of your oral care needs. We have seen how quickly dental emergencies can affect a smile, so today we would like to share three possible dental emergencies so that you can be prepared and receive the proper treatment as quickly as possible. While you are waiting to be seen by our team, the following tips can help you save a tooth:
Did a tooth fall out from an accident or injury? If so, don’t panic. While time is crucial for saving a lost tooth, keeping it moist and protecting the tooth root are key. You can temporarily store the tooth in the socket or between your cheek and gums while you are waiting to be seen. Saliva is your best protector of the tooth root. If you can’t keep the dislodged tooth in your mouth, try placing it in a small container of milk, or a tooth preservation product. Avoid handling the tooth by the root and handle it as little as possible and only by the crown.
What if you are eating your favorite food and suddenly you feel a jarring pain? It is possible to crack or fracture a tooth while chewing or biting into something. (It goes without saying that you don’t want to use your teeth as tools by biting non-food items.) Start by rinsing your mouth gently to remove oral debris, including food particles. If you are experiencing swelling in the gum tissue around the affected tooth, apply a cold compress to your cheek where the fracture occurred to help reduce swelling. Make an appointment with our dentist as soon as you can to have the tooth looked at.
Do you have a gradually worsening toothache or one that simply won’t dissipate? You will want to make an appointment to be seen. You may have an abscessed tooth. To help with the pain, you can rinse your mouth with water to remove any debris. If there is food lodged between your teeth, gently remove it using dental floss.
If your toothache is caused by a mild infection, it may sometimes go away on its own. To reduce the inflammation, rinse your mouth with a salt water solution: stir a spoonful of salt in a cup of warm water until it dissolves and periodically rinse, making sure that the saltwater washes over the affected area.
We hope these emergency tips help you should a dental emergency arise. If an emergency arises, please call us at 509.577.8277 to see when we can fit you in.
If something happens after hours and you require immediate assistance, visit your local emergency room. Dr. Bennett Packard in Yakima, Washington, look forward to helping you maintain and preserve your healthy, beautiful smile!