Dental emergencies can look gruesome, but most of them are treatable if tended to in time. Here’s what to do when faced with a dental emergency:
Knocked Out Tooth
It is actually possible to replace a tooth that’s been knocked out. If it isn’t too filthy, place it back in its socket, or tuck it between the cheek and the gum. Make sure not to touch the root. If that’s not possible, place the tooth in a cup of milk or saliva. Then, rush to the dentist.
Cracked or Chipped Tooth
Rinse out the mouth with warm water, then apply a cold compress to the area of the face to ease the swelling.
A person who bites their tongue should wash the bite and alternately press their tongue against the roof of their mouth, and apply ice to the wound. It should be cleaned regularly with an antiseptic until it’s healed. If the bite is over an inch long, the person needs to seek medical attention.
The person should rinse their mouth with warm, salt water to treat a toothache caused by bits of food stuck between the teeth, and use dental floss to remove the food particles. On the other hand, the severely painful toothache caused by pulpitis is eased when the person holds ice water in their mouth. Pulpitis, an inflammation of the pulp of the tooth, needs to be looked at by a dentist.