Dental emergencies occur when you least expect them. Unfortunately, many people don't know what to do when a dental emergency occurs, nor what first aid materials to keep on hand. Knowing how to treat a variety of unexpected dental problems can help you stay calm when they happen and allows you to stock your medicine cabinet with all of the proper first aid materials beforehand. From the Edmonton dentists of the Azarko Dental Group, here are the recommended first aid treatments for some common dental issues.
Toothaches can be caused by dental cavities, tooth sensitivity, tooth grinding, or simply by getting food caught in the teeth. A toothache can often be temporarily relieved by taking an over-the-counter painkiller such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen and applying an ice pack to the area. Schedule an appointment with your Edmonton dentist to get your tooth looked at. If your tooth pain is severe, then you should contact a clinic that offers emergency services so that you can be seen right away.
- Broken tooth
If you chip or break a tooth, then try to find the broken tooth pieces so that you can bring them to your dentist. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water, apply pressure with a gauze pad to stop any bleeding, and use painkillers and a cold compress for any pain. You should try to visit an Edmonton dental clinic as soon as you can, even for a small tooth chip, to prevent possible infection.
- Lost filling or crown
Losing a filling or a crown may cause pain if it leaves your sensitive tooth nerves exposed. Applying some clove oil to the area with a cotton swab can help relieve the pain. You should strive to see a dentist as soon as possible to have your filling or crown replaced. If you're unable to get to a clinic right away, then you can use an over-the-counter dental adhesive as either a temporary filling or to hold your crown temporarily in place.
- Lost tooth
If you lose a tooth, then it's important to act quickly. Pick the tooth up by its root, give it a gentle rinse in water, and try to place it back into its socket for transport. If you cannot reposition the tooth, then you can instead transport it in a saline solution of one cup water and a half-teaspoon of salt. It's a good idea to keep your medicine cabinet stocked with a balanced saline solution from the drug store. The sooner you get to an Edmonton dentist after a tooth has been knocked out, the better the chances are for successful reimplantation.
Edmonton Dental Clinic Providing Emergency Dental Care
Keep in mind that most first aid treatments for dental problems are meant to provide temporary relief and protection until you can see an Edmonton dentist for emergency dental care. If you have a severe toothache, a lost tooth, a broken tooth, a lost filling, or a lost crown, then Azarko Dental Group encourages you to contact our Edmonton dental clinic as soon as possible.
14938 Stony Plain Rd.
Edmonton, AB T5P 3X8