Life is not always neat and clean. Sometimes, accidents happen, and on occasion, those accidents can involve your mouth and teeth. This can especially be a problem during the summer months when people are more apt to be out and active.
The first thing you should do in the event of any dental accident is to contact our dentists, Dr. Neil Dhillon and Dr. Grace Woo to schedule an appointment and to get instructions on what you can do until you can come into the office. Then, take a deep breath, remain calm and follow the tips below. Doing so might help you have a good outcome for your emergency.
If you lose a tooth, handle it only by the crown, and gently rinse it in cool water. If you can fit it back in the socket, hold it in place by gently biting down on it through a piece of gauze. If it won’t fit back in the socket, submerge the tooth in milk or your own saliva, or hold it between your cheek and gum until you can come to the office. On average, your tooth will remain viable for about an hour. If the tooth is only partially knocked out or knocked loose, apply an ice pack to reduce swelling and take an over-the-counter pain reliever for any discomfort. If you chip a tooth and do not experience any pain, contact your dentist and schedule an appointment. If you break a tooth, save the pieces and see the dentist as soon as possible. If you sustain a blow to the mouth, but there doesn’t seem to be anything wrong, be on the lookout for pain in your teeth when you bite or chew, or drink something hot, cold or sweet. That could be an indication of a cracked tooth. If you cut your tongue or lip, apply gentle pressure with a clean piece of gauze or a wet tea bag until the bleeding stops. If you have a broken jaw, or an injury to the tongue that will not stop bleeding, you should go to the nearest emergency room right away, and make sure you contact the dentist after you are released.
If you experience a dental emergency in Woodlyn, Pennsylvania, don’t panic! Instead, call Complete Care Dental at 610.833.1919 immediately to make an appointment, and we will get you in as soon as possible.