We rely on our teeth every day to perform very necessary functions, such as eating and speaking. So it can be particularly harrowing when something happens to them that isn’t supposed to. Fortunately, our emergency dentist in Lancaster is here to help. The following is a list of common dental emergencies and what to do if one occurs.
Knocked out tooth:
Patients who have lost a tooth should call our offices for help right away. Keep the tooth in a glass of milk or a tooth preservation kit until you can be seen. If neither of these are available, place in inside the cheek to keep it moist. Apply a small amount of gauze to the area to prevent bleeding.
Chipped or broken tooth:
Rinse out the mouth with lukewarm water immediately to clean the area. Patients can keep a cold compress on the area to manage any swelling on their way to our dentist in Lancaster.
Rinsing the mouth out with warm water and lightly flossing can get rid of any debris bothering your tooth.
Patients should be sure to use a mouthguard when participating in contact sports, and never use the teeth to open packages or tear apart anything other than food.