How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies – Williamsville, NY
Don’t Wait to Save Your Smile
Dental emergencies rarely come at a convenient time. However, when a dental emergency occurs, it’s important to seek professional treatment with Amherst Dental Group right away. If you choose to postpone, the problem will only get worse and cause more damage. Our main dental emergency page discusses how to deal with certain scenarios, but there are others that require urgent care instructions before you arrive for your emergency appointment with us.
Something Stuck Between Teeth
Sometimes food or other kinds of debris can get wedged between teeth, putting pressure on your teeth or damaging your gum tissue. You can try to rinse your mouth with water to moisten the object, and you can attempt to get the object out with floss. Give us a call if you are unable to retrieve it. Do not, however, use a pin or other sharp tool because you can accidentally scratch your teeth or damage your gums.
An extruded tooth is basically a tooth that has come out of its socket but is still connected to the gum tissue. Although you can attempt to carefully and gently push it back into the socket, you need to come to our office as soon as possible so that we can reseat the tooth and help it reattach properly. If needed, you can take ibuprofen and apply a cold compress on the outside of the mouth, and do not chew or bite using that tooth.
When you have an infection under the gums’ surface, you can develop an abscess, or a pocket of pus. Often an abscess forms near a tooth’s root or in the space between teeth, and it is accompanied by a severe toothache, swelling in the face, fever, swollen lymph nodes, and other unpleasant symptoms. Please contact us if you notice an abscess, because it can damage your gums or teeth, or even lead to infections elsewhere in the body, if it goes untreated.
Your gums, tongue, cheeks, and lips are soft tissues that can bleed if cut or injured. To keep the area clean, you can swish salt water in your mouth, and then hold gauze or a clean cloth on the injury. If you can, place a cold compress outside the mouth to manage swelling and slow the bleeding. If the injury is still bleeding after more than 10 minutes, you need to go to the emergency room.