Emergency is a word that most of us fear. I know I do! Some people are comfortable in an emergency setting and thank goodness for that.
For those of us who aren’t so level headed in an emergency, the best thing we can do is educate ourselves on how to handle certain situations. We can hope that if we ever have the need to handle an emergency, our education will help us keep calm until someone else comes along to help.
Dental emergencies can be just as frightening as medical emergencies. If something is painful, chances are, the pain will cause us to not think clearly. We want to make sure you have the tools necessary for getting help if you should encounter any dental emergency, either with yourself or your grandchildren.
– Toothaches: While toothaches aren’t necessarily an emergency, they can sometimes be very painful and make you very uncomfortable. Try washing your mouth with warm salt water and taking an over the counter pain medication. Contact your dentist for an appointment as soon as possible.
– Lost Tooth: If a permanent tooth is knocked out, time is of the essence. You may be able to re-implant the tooth. In order to give you the best chance, call your dentist immediately and try and get into to see him within one half hour. Transport your tooth in a glass of milk if available. If not, a glass of salt water will do.
– Broken or Fractured Jaw: If you have a broken jaw, you will likely feel pain in the face or jaw and have swelling and bruising. Your jaw may not work properly or misalign teeth. To control swelling, apply a cold compress. Stabilize the jaw using a bandage wrapped beneath the jaw and tied on top of the head and get to the nearest ER quickly.
While these dental emergencies are by far the most common, they are not the only dental emergencies that could happen. It is important to remember in an emergency situation to take deep breaths and try to keep calm. Get to the nearest dentist or doctor immediately.
“Handling Dental Emergencies.” Delta Dental. Web. 15 Mar. 2012. <http://oralhealth.deltadental.com/Adult/OralSafety/22,DD22>.