What to Do in Case of Tooth Trauma
Do you know what to do if someone near you breaks their arm, or has a concussion? What if someone near you starts choking? Knowing what to do in emergencies can help you keep calm and help someone prevent further injury or even save a life. Preparing for dental emergencies is just as important as being knowledgeable about other traumatic situations. Our Chicago dentist, Dr. Fondriest offers tips for handling emergency situations involving chipped or broken teeth, a dislodged tooth, and severe toothache.
Steps for Handling a Dislodged Tooth
If your tooth becomes knocked out you have half an hour for optimal reattachment. Contact your Lake Forest dentist immediately to schedule an emergency dental visit. Handling the dislodged tooth with care is imperative to protecting the connective tissues, so recover the knocked out tooth by holding the crown. Since the tooth root is not accustomed to being exposed it is very sensitive. Gently rinse the tooth of debris with lukewarm water. Do not scrub the tooth. You can either attempt to replace the tooth in the socket, hold the tooth between your cheeks and gums, or place the tooth in saline solution. Keeping the tooth moist is vital. Bring the dislodged tooth to your emergency appointment.
Handling Pain with Dental Emergencies
For knocked out teeth or chipped teeth you can alleviate pain by holding a cold compress to the outside of the cheek, or by taking pain relief medication. Avoid aspirin as this type of medication thins the blood and may increase bleeding from injuries. For severe toothaches, use dental floss to try to dislodge any food particles that may be creating pressure.
Emergency Dentist in Chicago
If you encounter a dental emergency, contact our Lake Forest, IL, dental practice at 847-234-0517. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, we can offer a wide range of dental treatments for patients from the North Shore, and Chicago.