You might be very careful about maintaining the health of your teeth and gums, being sure to brush and floss every day, limiting the number of sugary foods you eat and visiting the dentist twice a year for a cleaning and exam. These are all useful steps to take to have a healthy mouth, but emergencies can happen to even the most careful patient.
Fortunately, if you experience a dental emergency, there are steps you can take to preserve your oral health. The first step you should always take is to call us at Brooklyn Smile to try to see your dentist promptly. Here are the next steps you can take to give your teeth the best chance of recovering after a dental emergency.
Though teeth are very strong, they can become cracked or chipped when biting down on something too hard or when they incur impact. If you crack or chip a tooth, you should come visit Dr. Herskovits at Brooklyn Smile immediately so he can treat your teeth.
A toothache is often a sign of a more serious dental issue. Only your dentist at Brooklyn Smile will be able to determine the cause. To deal with the pain until your appointment in Brooklyn, clean around the affected area thoroughly. Rinse the mouth with warm salt water to clean the mouth and to displace any food that may be lodged in between the teeth. Acetaminophen can be taken for temporary pain relief, but do not place aspirin on any affected teeth. If there is accompanying facial swelling, apply a cold compress.
After a tooth has been completely knocked out, try to recover it, holding it only by the crown and not the root. Rinse it off gently with water, but do not clean it or use soap on it. Be careful not to handle it excessively. Keep the tooth in a container of milk or saliva and bring it to our office in Bayridge to have it put back into place.