Be Prepared For Dental Emergencies
If you are having a dental emergency, stop reading this and call 248.266.2528 to reach our dentists if you are in or near Rochester Hills, MI.
The sooner you get help in a dental emergency, the more we can do to help.
Now, if you are not in need of immediate emergency dental care, we want you to continue reading. We are going to prevent three emergency scenarios and what you should do in addition to calling our office for help.
At Hubbard & Leath Dental, we know that dental emergencies can happen at any time. You can call us anytime, day or night. If you are calling outside our normal office hours, we have a 24-hour answering service so you can get help faster.
Trouble With Braces
Anyone who has worn braces can tell you that it is not one of life’s great experiences.
In order to move your teeth, the brackets and wires push and pull your teeth as needed to give you a straight smile. And it can hurt, but that’s someone you learn to live with as a part of your treatment. You know the payoff is a nicer smile when you are finished.
Unfortunately, accidents are possible along the way. Biting into something too hard or crunchy could cause your wires to bend or break. That’s not good for anyone.
A broken and bent wire can poke you in the soft tissue of your mouth. If you thought your braces were uncomfortable on their own, try wearing them while you have a wire poking into your lips, cheeks, or gums.
The immediate need is to move the wire so it’s no longer poking the person with braces. To do this, you can get a pencil with an eraser. Use the eraser end to move the wire. Cover the exposed ends with dental wax. Then use the eraser end again to gently press the wire flat against a tooth.
This should prevent further poking until you are able to meet with one of our dentists.
Breaking A Tooth Is Not Good Luck
In show business, people will tell one another to “break a leg.” This isn’t meant to be taken literally. It’s become a way to wish someone good luck before a performance.
Break a tooth has no such other meaning that we are aware of. Breaking a tooth is a dental emergency, plain and simple.
If you or someone you love should break a tooth for any reason, the first things you will want to do are find the broken piece (if possible) and have the person rinse his or her mouth with water.
You want to remove any dirt or blood. If they bleeding continues, use gauze to soak up the blood, changing the gauze as needing until the bleeding stops. He or she may need to rinse his or her mouth again after the bleeding ceases.
At that point, the tooth should be covered with gauze or dental wax. Broken teeth can have sharp edges or points that can cut soft tissues and create new problems. Covering the tooth reduces the risk of those cuts.
Pain, Pain Go Away
We want to say from the outside that your teeth should not hurt. If they do, then this is a sign that something is wrong.
One of the first things you may want to try is getting some dental floss. Sometimes a piece of food can become stuck. Dental floss may be able to remove the particle and alleviate the pain.
If this doesn’t help, then you should call Hubbard & Leath Dental. In the meantime, you may want to take an over-the-counter pain reliever. If you are having swelling, an ice or cold pack can reduce that swelling and numb the pain.
The kind of pain could indicate at infected tooth or advanced periodontal disease. In either case, you will want to see a dentist as soon as possible.
Steps You Can Take To Prevent Dental Emergencies
There is no way to stop every possible dental emergency, but you can reduce your risk of having such an emergency with some simple steps:
◼︎ Practice good oral hygiene. Brush twice and floss every day.
◼︎ Get regular dental cleanings. These visits can remove plaque and tartar and identify problems before they turn into emergency situations.
◼︎ Wear an athletic mouthguard. If you participate in any high-impact sport, then you should wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth. Talk to our dentist about which kind of mouthguard is right for you.