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31Dec2010

Dental Emergency Help

AT ELIZABETHTOWN DENTAL, WE CARE ABOUT EVERY aspect of your oral health. We know that no matter how careful we all are, sometimes life hands us emergencies. It’s an unfortunate fact.

Although it may seem like a minor thing to you, a dental injury to your teeth or gums should not be ignored as it can be potentially serious. Something small now can have risks of more permanent damage, or more extensive (and expensive) repair down the road.

To help you with an unplanned dental injury, we put together a few simple tips…

Toothache?

Rinse with warm water check to see if anything is lodged. Apply an ice pack if needed to reduce the swelling, and call us as soon as possible. We should take a look to see what is causing the pain.

Something Caught Between Your Teeth?

Gently try dental floss first, and never use a sharp object. If you can’t dislodge it, call us right away so that it doesn’t become infected or cause pain.

Lose A Filling?

Believe it or not, as a temporary measure until you can get in here to see us, you can stick a piece of sugarless chewing gum into the hole. Then, call us!

Lost A Crown?

Come in as soon as possible and be sure to bring the crown. In the meantime, slip the crown back in if you can, or use a cotton swab to apply a little clove oil to the sensitive area.

Chipped & Broken Tooth?

Apply gauze pressure if you’re bleeding, and try to save any pieces if you can. Call our office and get in to see us right away.

A Knocked Out Tooth?

As with many dental emergencies, the sooner you can get this fixed the better.

A Dislodged Tooth?

Apply a cold compress to help if there’s pain. Take over-the-counter pain relievers as needed. Please get in to see us right away.

Broken Braces Wires?

If the wire sticks out and is poking you (ouch), try using the eraser end of a pencil to push the wire into a comfortable position. If you can’t do that, cover it with orthodontic wax or a piece of gauze until you can see us or your orthodontist. Don’t try to cut the wire yourself, doing so could result in damaging your tooth, braces, or swallowing a piece of the wire.
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As we’ve all heard before, the best defense is to be prepared. Be careful out there, and remember to wear a mouth guard when needed. We want to keep you healthy, and all your teeth safely in your mouth!

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