Emergency Dentistry in Newtown, PA
Dental emergencies happen. We have offered some helpful tips below on some of the cases that happen the most often. For serious emergencies, going to the hospital may be the best option. Here are some helpful tips for what to do when faced with some of the most common dental emergencies:
Is it possible that something stuck between your teeth is causing the pain? We recommend that you floss and rinse thoroughly to make sure. If the discomfort persists, contact us right away. In the meantime, it’s fine to take a safe medication for the discomfort, but DON’T place it directly on the tooth or the gum tissue. This could cause burning.
Rinsing your mouth with a mild saltwater mixture may help reduce your discomfort until you’re able to reach us. If you’ve suffering from a serious cut, apply pressure to the area with a piece of gauze until the bleeding subsides.
Swelling in the cheeks or gums is a common sign of a dental infection, and patients should reach out to our Newtown location right away for further assistance. It may also occur if a tooth has been broken. Holding a cold compress to the appropriate area should help reduce the severity of this symptom.
If any significant pieces of the tooth have become separated, gather them and make sure to bring them with you to our practice. Rinse your mouth with warm water and apply a cold compress to the appropriate cheek if any swelling occurs.
Tooth Knocked Out
Do you still have the tooth? If so, rinse it carefully (taking care to leave the root and natural tissue as untouched as possible) and place it back into its original socket, holding it in place. If this isn’t possible, holding it in your cheek is also a viable option, as well as placing the tooth in a cup of milk. Time is of the essence when it comes to the possibility of reattachment, so contact our team as soon as possible.