The first thing you should do in a dental emergency is call Pleasant Dental®. We see all emergencies as soon as possible, and we can advise you of what to do until you come to the office. Unfortunately, emergencies seem to strike at the worst time, in the worst place. If you can’t see Dr. Dietrich immediately, what should you do?

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Some of the most common dental emergencies involve accidents, sports injuries, or other trauma. The first thing to do is assess your condition, and decide whether you need a dentist or doctor. If you are bleeding profusely or have facial injuries, you should see your physician, or visit the emergency room. For dental injuries, such as broken or dislodged teeth, here are a few dental first aid tips:

  • Use a cold compress on the outside of your mouth to reduce swelling.
  • Avoid aspirin based pain relievers, as they can increase bleeding. Dr. Dietrich recommends ibuprofen for patients who can safely take it. Always follow the directions on the label. Holding the pill against your gum or tooth can burn soft tissues. Taking more than the recommended dosage can be dangerous.
  • For topical pain relief you can use an over the counter numbing gel (like Orajel) or clove oil.
  • Rinsing with saline solution can ease pain and reduce bleeding. Although there are commercially available formulas, you can use table salt mixed with warm (not hot) water. Use about one half teaspoon per cup of water.
  • Apply pressure to bleeding areas with a small piece of sterile dental gauze. A tea bag will also work if you don’t have gauze.
  • Avoid hot or cold foods and beverages. Extreme temperatures can aggravate exposed nerves.
  • Don’t smoke or drink through a straw. The force of suction may increase pain and bleeding, as well as “pull” on already loose or damaged teeth.
  • Choose soft foods, and chew on the opposite side of your mouth. Avoid anything sticky that will cling to the injured tooth.
  • Save the pieces from any broken tooth or restoration if possible. If the entire tooth is knocked out, attempt to place it back in the socket. Be sure that you don’t get it backwards, and don’t use force. If it won’t go back in place easily, keep it in a container of milk or Save-A-Tooth solution.

Always remember, among the first things you should do in a dental emergency is call Pleasant Dental® at (708) 576-1900.

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