Accidents can happen anywhere, anytime. Knowing how to handle a dental emergency can mean the difference saving and losing a permanent tooth. For all dental emergencies, it's important to call your dentist or an emergency room as soon as possible.
Here are some tips if someone experiences a common dental emergency:
- For a knocked out tooth, keep it moist at all times. Either between your cheek and gum, or in milk.
Then call Dr. Hicks right away
- For a cracked tooth, immediately rinse the mouth with warm water to clean the area. Put cold compresses on the face to keep any swelling down.
- If you bite your tongue or lip, clean the area gently and apply a cold compress.
- For toothaches, rinse your mouth with warm water to clean it out. Gently use dental floss to remove any food caught between the teeth. Do not put aspirin directly on your tooth or gum tissues.