We understand that dental emergencies can be extremely stressful, especially if you are the one dealing with it or you have a family member in trouble and don’t know how to help them. The good news is Texas Dentistry has the expertise to get you out of discomfort and talk with you over the phone to improve your condition before you arrive. Below, you can also find plenty of useful information on what you can do to make your situation better after you’ve already called our office and scheduled an emergency appointment.
Start by taking a strand of waxed dental floss about 12 to 18 inches long and wrap it around your index fingers. Do your best to gently slide the floss in between the tooth experiencing discomfort and its neighboring tooth to remove the debris. If this does not reduce the pain, take an over-the-counter painkiller like ibuprofen. You can also try loosening the debris by rinsing your mouth out with warm water. Do not under any circumstances use a toothpick or other sharp object to remove debris from in between teeth.
You can rinse your mouth out with a salt water mixture (which is made by combining one teaspoon of salt for every 8 ounces of water) to clean wounds to the lips, tongue, cheeks or gums. Hold a gauze pad to the affected area and apply pressure for 15 to 20 minutes at a time. Apply a cold compress afterwards for 5 to 10 minutes. If bleeding does not stop, go to the emergency room.
Oral abscesses can form as a result of an infection on the tooth root. However, they can also appear in the space between individual teeth. While damage to your gum tissue and nearby teeth can occur, more severe cases can lead to tooth loss. To ease discomfort until you get to our office (which you should do the moment you notice a fever combined with swelling in the face or cheek or severe chronic tooth pain), create a salt water mixture and rinse your mouth out several times a day.
When a tooth is displaced from the socket, it’s imperative that you avoid chewing on that side of your mouth, take an over-the-counter pain medication, and hold a cold compress to your cheek to reduce any swelling. You may also try gently pushing the tooth back into the socket to keep it better preserved, but use extreme caution when doing this.