At some point, many of us will be faced with a dental emergency. This involves any sudden discomfort or injury involving the oral cavity. Fortunately, there are many ways of addressing the immediate discomfort of an emergency situation. From there, you can visit the dentist to receive the restorative solution you need.
Dental Emergency Quiz
- True or False: You should try flossing if you develop a toothache.
- True or False: A cold compress can reduce swelling if you chip a tooth.
- True or False: You should clean a knocked-out tooth.
- True or False: You will need to bring the tooth with you to see the dentist.
- True. First, rinse with warm water and then gently floss on each side of the aching tooth. If this fails to dislodge an object or stop the discomfort, then schedule an appointment. Never use anything other than floss or you could damage your gums.
- True. When you chip a tooth, rinse with warm salt water and take an over-the-counter pain relieve to ease the discomfort. If the area is bleeding, apply a piece of gauze to the area. A cold compress to the side of the face can reduce swelling.
- True. First, pick the tooth up by the crown, but never touch the root. Gently rinse the tooth under running water to remove dirt, but don’t remove any tissue adhering to the tooth.
- True. You will need to bring the tooth with you to the office. You can either return the tooth to the socket and gently bite down to hold in place or put the tooth in a glass of milk. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.
ABOUT YOUR GARLAND DENTIST:
Dr. Vi Mai and the caring staff at Mai Dentistry are dedicated to ensuring that our patients are proud of their beautiful, healthy smiles. With years of experience in general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry, we can expertly diagnose and treat early dental trouble to preserve your natural tooth structure. To learn more, or to schedule your next appointment, call us today at (972) 530-0552.