There are so many ways to injure your teeth and gums, but because most people are careful to protect their mouths by instinct, we don’t often see many true dental emergencies in Orlando. When you are, however, how will you know if you should go to the ER or see a dental emergency specialist? Here are some things to look for:
Damage to Your Teeth
If your tooth has been knocked loose, chipped, fractured, or otherwise damaged, call us for an emergency dental appointment. This is a dental emergency that needs to be dealt with before the tooth has time to deteriorate further. While you wait for your appointment, be sure to clean the area around your tooth by swishing warm water in your mouth. You can also use a cool compress on your cheek to dull any pain.
If you have had a tooth come out completely, first pick it up by the tooth – never touch the roots. Then rinse it gently and try to put it back into the socket. Bite down carefully to hold it in place. If that does not work, keep the tooth in a cup of milk.
Damage to Your Tissues
If your gums or the tissue of your tongue or cheeks has been damaged, then this may be a dental emergency. If it is bleeding profusely, please call us for an emergency dental appointment. In the meantime, carefully rinse your mouth with salt water and then try to apply slight pressure to the area with gauze or a tea bag. Again, the cold compress on the cheek will help with pain.
Learn More Today
If you want to learn more about what constitutes a dental emergency, or if you are currently experiencing an emergency, call us at University Dental Group Orlando 407-679-5151. You can also contact us online.