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How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

Last updated 6 years ago

Just as illnesses can arise unexpectedly, so too can dental emergencies. No matter the nature of the dental problem, general and cosmetic dentistry practitioners advise that patients seek professional assistance. Until you are able to reach a dentist, the following guidelines can help you monitor and minimize the damage or pain that may result from a dental emergency.

When you feel a toothache coming on, the first step recommended by dentists is thoroughly rinsing out your mouth with warm water. If food is lodged between your teeth, attempt to loosen it by flossing. Then, apply a cold compress to the area to decrease pain and swelling. Lastly, contact your general or cosmetic dentist.

Chipped Teeth
If you chip a tooth, hold on to the tooth remnant. Rinse both your mouth and the tooth chip with warm water. If your mouth is bleeding, press a sterile bandage against the wound until the bleeding stops. Then, apply a cold compress to the area to alleviate pain and swelling. Call your dentist. If your chipped tooth piece cannot be saved, consult your dentist to see if you are a candidate for veneers. You may require a crown to protect the vulnerable tooth from infection.

Knocked-Out Teeth
Be sure to keep the dislodged tooth. Hold it only by the crown and rinse away any noticeable dirt or debris. If possible, gently attempt to reinsert the tooth. If the tooth won’t go back into place, put it in a cup of milk. Most importantly, contact your dentist as soon as possible. Dislodged teeth that are reinserted within an hour of getting knocked out have the greatest chance of being permanently saved.

Dr. Kenn Kakosian, D.D.S., P.C. attends to a wide range of dental issues, including toothaches, chipped teeth, and dislodged teeth. Dr. Kakosian also offers many cosmetic dentistry services such as Invisalign, veneers, and teeth whitening. To schedule an appointment at our New York City office, please call (212) 661-0949.


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