EMERGENCY FIRST AID DENTISTRY TIPS
When you have a dental emergency, please contact our office 24 hour service (same 316-684-1470). We will be in contact with you as soon as possible. In the meantime, here are some first aid Dental tips from Dr. Williams.
Toothache: Generally, ibuprofen can be taken as directed. You should avoid hot or cold foods, as sensitivity will probably increase. Also, be sure to clean the area around the affected tooth. You can apply a small amount of sensitivity toothpaste to the area or apply an ice-pack to the face. Schedule an appointment with us at your earliest convenience.
Canker Sores: Unless canker sores are a recurring problem, or you experience other symptoms in addition to canker sores, home treatment works well. Canker sores are not the same as cold sores; canker sores are not contagious. Use a salt-water rinse to dry out the sore. Also, apply an over-the-counter topical ointment as directed.
Temporary Crown Falls Out: In some cases, a temporary crown can come loose. Replace the crown, if possible, by using a dab of toothpaste between your tooth and the crown. You can also purchase temporary dental adhesive at your local pharmacy. A broken temporary crown should not be replaced. Call the office for an appointment, and we’ll see you as soon as possible. Until your visit, do not chew food with the affected tooth.
Knocked-Out/Broken Tooth: If there are other significant injuries, seek emergency medical attention. If there are no other injuries, seek an emergency appointment with Dr. Williams. In the meantime, rinse the tooth only if it is very dirty. Do not rub or scrub the tooth. Be very gentle. Do not touch the nerve-endings or ligaments of the tooth or in the gum. If the tooth is in one piece, attempt to replace it into the socket. Securely hold the tooth in place with gauze until you reach our office. If re-implantation is not possible, store the tooth in saliva or milk. The tooth can also be transported by storing it between the gum and the cheek of the person who lost the tooth. Transporting a tooth dry will cause definite damage.
Bleeding Gums: Even healthy gums, pink and firm in appearance, can bleed if you use a hard-bristled toothbrush or floss too harshly. However, if your gums are red or swollen, you may be exhibiting early signs of gum disease. If so, call our office to make an immediate appointment with Dr. Williams
Broken Braces or Other Appliances: If you have a loose bracket, schedule an immediate appointment with Dr. Williams. If a wire sticks out, try placing a small amount of balled orthopedic wax around the wire until you can schedule an appointment to have the excess wire removed. If you experience a traumatic injury in which your gums become entangled in the wires or brackets, please consult emergency services.
Jaw Injury: If you are bleeding or swollen in the jaw area, or have difficulty talking, breathing, or eating, please consult emergency services.