Protect Your Smile During A Dental Emergency

A dental emergency can happen to anyone – usually when we least expect it.

The good news is you don’t have to panic when you suffer an oral injury or experience any kind of dental dilemma that requires immediate attention. In this blog, we’ll tell you exactly how to be prepared for some of the most common emergencies our patients experience.

n Trauma to your smile. If your smile gets damaged while being physically active or slipping and falling, don’t panic. It’s very likely that your tooth can be saved. When you chip or break a tooth, you should call to tell us what occurred. Since your smile is a priority to us all the time, we’ll fit you in right away with 24-hour emergency access. Once you’re here, we’ll determine which treatment is best for your smile.

If one or more teeth has been knocked out … we can also fix that if you act quickly. First, hold the tooth by the crown and be sure to rinse off the root in water if it’s dirty. If you can, gently insert and hold the tooth in its socket. If not, put it in a glass of milk and head to our office right away. Call us if you can.

n Bitten lip or tongue. Use a clean cloth to wash the affected area. Then apply a cold compress, such as an ice pack, to decrease the swelling. If the bleeding continues, head to your nearest emergency room.

n Lost restoration or filling. If you have any sugarless chewing gum laying around, grab it and put it in the spot where your filling or restoration was. This will safeguard the tooth temporarily … long enough until you to make it in to see your dentist.

n Tooth pain. As always, give us a call first if you’re able to. Then rinse your mouth with water and take a look to see if there’s anything caught between your teeth. Don’t put Aspirin or other painkillers against the gums by the aching tooth – it just may burn your gums.

With the holiday season around the corner, there are dangers to be aware of. Be on the lookout for slippery sidewalks and tooth-cracking candies (if you plan to indulge). Remember: If you’re going to be active, wear a mouthguard. When it comes to treats, avoid chewing anything that’s too hard or sticky for your smile.

And don’t forget … as your dentists in Mississauga, Erinwood Dental is here to help you – at any time of the year – should you need immediate smile care. Call us!