Oral emergencies are accidents that happen to your mouth that require immediate attention. Staying calm and knowing what to do in a stressful situation such as an oral emergency is important to minimize damage and decrease your recovery time. Here are some oral emergencies you may face in your life and some tips on what to do:
– Object Stuck in Mouth: If you have an object stuck in your mouth, try using a cleaner designed to work between teeth. This could include water flossers or dental floss. Avoid using sharp objects or objects that could contaminate your mouth.
– Bite Wound: If you have bitten your lip, tongue or inner check, the first step is to wash out your mouth. After the wound is clean, cover it with gauze until it stops bleeding. Visit your doctor if the wound requires stitching.
– Lost Dental Filling/Crown: If a tooth restoration service like a dental filling or dental crown becomes loose or falls out, cover the area until professional help is available. With a lost filling, cover the area with dental cement or sugarless gum. With a lost dental crown, cover the area with a cotton swab.
– Tooth Knocked Out: If you have a tooth that is knocked out, it may be possible to save it for reinsertion later. Place the tooth in milk, water with a dash of salt, or a tooth saver like Save-A-Tooth. You can also try to place it back in your mouth over the missing gap as long as you keep it moist until professional help is available. Visit your dentist to have it molded back into place.
– Cracked Tooth: If a tooth is cracked or damaged, wash out your mouth to ensure the area is clean. After the wound is clean, cover it with gauze until it stops bleeding.
No matter what oral accidents you may suffer from, Dr. Don Harvey Dental and our team at Don Harvey Dental are here to give your smile the appropriate treatment. If you would like to schedule an appointment to come see us at our dentist office in Alpharetta, Georgia, please contact us at 770-343-6565 to speak with a member of our team. We look forward to speaking with you soon!