One of the most important steps for dealing with oral emergencies includes planning for oral emergencies. It may not be easy to reach your dentist right away, so it is important that you take the necessary steps to minimize the damage until help is available. While we cannot always prevent oral accidents, we can help in the recovery process. Here are a few things you can do until you reach the necessary help required:
– If you have lost a crown, you can temporarily use clove oil to dab on the sensitive area. If you wish to temporarily slip the crown back over the tooth, coat the inside of the crown with dental cement or a denture adhesive.
– If you have broken your braces or wires, try to temporarily reposition the broken part back into position. If you cannot, try to cover the end of the break with a cotton ball or piece of gauze. To avoid additional health hazards, do not attempt to cut off or remove the broken parts.
– If you have chipped or broken any teeth, if possible, try to save the teeth. To minimize bleeding, rinse your mouth with warm water and use gauze directly on the area. To dull the pain and to keep swelling down, use a cold compress against your cheek. Keep the damaged teeth moist at all times. If a tooth has been knocked out, it may be possible to be put back into place if you visit your dentist immediately.
– If you have lost a filling, try using a piece of sugarless gum to temporarily cover the cavity.
The most important thing you can do in an oral emergency is to seek out your dentist immediately. Westwood Dental can be reached by calling us at 913-432-0765 in Kansas City, Kansas. In severe cases, don’t hesitate to go to the emergency room at your nearest hospital. Otherwise, you can arrange an appointment with Dr. Shelly Galvin by calling us today.