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Posted on 9/20/2019 by Robert Leale
|As you've probably noticed your teeth are pretty strong. They can bite down on hard candy and they can get knocked around some too – ask a martial arts student. For the most part, your teeth hold their ground. But accidents do happen that can cause your teeth and your mouth to need our attention. After all, that's what we are here for; to help you take care of your teeth.
Some of the dental emergencies you face you may be able to handle on your own, but others will definitely require our services. Some problems will require that you take action until you can see us so you can have the best possible outcome with the least intervention on our part.
How Do I Handle Things Myself?
We'll start with an easy and common problem. What if you have a toothache? If you have a toothache you should first brush the tooth with a soft-bristled brush to ensure it stays clean. Rinses your tooth with warm salt water. If it still hurts, take an aspirin-like product for the pain. Call us for an appointment as soon as possible and let us know you are experiencing pain.
If you have a tooth that gets completely knocked out, you need us immediately. If you can get to us within an hour, we may be able to save the tooth. First, find the tooth. Hold it by the crown and gently wash away dirt and debris. Put the tooth between your cheek and gums or in a saline solution or in a cloth soaked in salt water or milk. If it dries out there is less chance that the implantation will work.
If you have a loose tooth push it back where it belongs, but don't force it. Call us immediately. On your way here, hold it in place with some gauze or moist tissue. If you can get here quickly, we may be able to save it.
If you chip or break a tooth, try to find the broken piece. If you find it, put in in a container such as a baggie or a cloth that has some water or saliva in it. Call us and get here as soon as possible. As for your mouth, rinse it with warm water to get it clean. Keep it can until you get to us. Depending on the case, we may be able to reattach it and bond it to your tooth. If there is nerve damage you may need a root canal.
The bottom line is if you damage your teeth call us. We will give you instructions from there.