A fun family ice skating excursion ends with someone’s tooth knocked out. What could be the harm in biting into this old candy cane — ouch! Or maybe you are just minding your own business and are hit with severe mouth pain.
Dental emergencies come in all forms, and you never know when one might strike. But if you are prepared, you will be less prone to panic and you will be better able to take action efficiently and effectively.
If you live in the Neenah, WI area, one of the first steps in any dental emergency is to call Smile Creations for an immediate appointment. We will do our very best to fit you in the same day. If you are in pain, we will provide local anesthesia and/or nitrous oxide to make you comfortable while we repair your smile. Call 920-243-4122.
Read on to learn about the different types of dental emergencies you may encounter, and how to handle each one.
Knocked-Out (Avulsed) Tooth
Contact sports, other rough activities, and accidents can knock a tooth cleanly out of your mouth. Luckily you aren’t doomed to a lifetime with a hole in your smile. Under ideal conditions, and if you see us at Smile Creations immediately, your tooth may be able to reattach to its socket.
- Never touch the tooth’s roots. Hold it by the crown only. If the tooth is dirty, you may rinse it gently with water.
- The tooth must be kept moist, or it will not survive. Try placing the tooth back into its socket, facing the correct way. If you can’t do this comfortably and safely, store in in a small container with saliva or milk. We don’t recommend that young children store teeth in their mouths.
- If we are unable to reattach your real tooth, we can fit you with a natural looking dental bridge or dental implant.
Broken or Cracked Tooth
As strong as your teeth are, they are not immune to chipping or cracking. This can happen in a number of ways:
- An injury from sports or rough activity
- Being hit in the face
- Using your teeth to open packages
- Eating ice and other hard foods
- Cavities that weaken the tooth structure
If you do break a tooth, be sure to gather up any pieces to bring to your dental appointment. Rinse your mouth with warm water, and stop bleeding by pressing clean gauze to the affected area (a damp teabag may work if the gauze does not). If you are experiencing swelling and/or pain, apply a cold pack to the outside of the area over the injured tooth. You may also take an over-the-counter pain reliever. If you can’t see us immediately, you may cover the area with temporary dental cement (available at drugstores).
Unexplained Tooth Pain
Tooth pain may come out of nowhere, and it’s often tough to pinpoint the cause. It may be due to:
- A tooth abscess, or infection of the root
- A Cavity
- A fracture
- A damaged or lost filling
- Bruxism, or clenching and grinding of the teeth
- Gum disease
If you are suffering from tooth pain, come see us as soon as you can. If you have an abscess, prompt treatment is imperative to prevent you from losing the tooth and the infection from spreading. In the meantime, you can relieve your pain at home with the following methods.
- Judiciously applied clove oil, applied to the tooth on a cotton ball, can quiet the nerves and reduce pain. Don’t overdo it, as that may actually make the pain worse.
- A warm salt-water rinse (about a teaspoon of salt in a cup of water) can relieve discomfort and help minimize swelling.
- An ice pack, either held carefully to the tooth itself or to the outside of the face, can help numb nerves.
- You can take an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as ibuprofen.
Keep a Dental First Aid Kit
You can buy a premade dental emergency kit, or put one together yourself. It’s easy! A few things to consider including:
- Floss and toothbrushes
- Medical grade disposable gloves to minimize germ transfer
- Temporary dental cement
- Dental wax
- Sterile gauze and tea bags to control bleeding
- Dental mirror
- Clove oil
- OTC pain meds
Now you will be prepared for any dental emergency that crops up. And one of the first steps will be to call Smile Creations of Neenah, WI. Keep our number — 920-243-4122 — close at hand.
For your non-emergency dental questions and appointment requests, we also have a convenient online form.