The first step to be taken in the event of an emergency dental treatment is to contact your dentist immediately. With the Covid-19 pandemic there was a change in the dynamics of dental offices, but they are still prepared to receive you for emergency care.
Here are some precautions you should take while at home while waiting for treatment to begin.
If you have a toothache, warm mouthwash can help relieve discomfort. In case of swelling, it is also recommended to use a cold compress on the cheek or mouth. Try telephone contact with your dentist so that he prescribes the use of anti-inflammatories or painkillers, always follow his instructions.
Any type of bleeding in the mouth area that was not caused by cuts needs to undergo an evaluation with the dentist. If you have noticed the presence of blood when brushing your teeth or using dental floss, this may be a sign of some disease or inflammation in your gums.
In case of minor and sporadic bleeding, review your teeth cleaning habits. If the bleeding is heavy, try to keep your head high until you receive dental care.
CRACKED OR BROKEN TEETH
Use warm water to rinse your mouth and clean the injured area. The cold compress can also help to reduce swelling. If a tooth breaks, check if it is possible to see a piece of dental pulp and avoid touching the region.
Wash your mouth and clean the broken tooth pieces with water. Apply gauze to the bleeding area until it stops and, if there is swelling, you can use a cold compress to relieve it.
PERMANENT TOOTH LOSS
If you have an injury that leads to the loss of one of your teeth, emergency treatment is necessary. While waiting for the consultation, try to find the tooth and clean it under running water, without rubbing it and do not touch the root.
The tooth can be reinserted into the gums and recovered if care occurs within 30 minutes after the fall. If it is not possible to be served in that time, preserve the tooth in a glass with fresh milk for up to 6 hours.
SOMETHING STUCK BETWEEN YOUR TEETH
When you feel anything stuck between your teeth, try using dental floss to gently remove the object. If you encounter any difficulties, do not force and never use sharp objects such as toothpicks, needles or pins as they can scratch the surface and cut your gums. Wait for dental care to perform the removal.
GUMS, LIPS OR TONGUE CUTS
If you hurt your gums or lips without reaching any teeth, make a compress with cold water or ice to relieve pain and swelling. Seek assistance if the wound is very large.
A small cut on the tongue can cause heavy bleeding, but in most situations, the problem looks worse than it really is. Clean the area and wait for some time to observe the size of the cut and the presence of swelling.