Do you know what to do in the event of an oral emergency? Oftentimes, oral emergencies are the result of accidents that occur to our mouths often unintentionally and in many cases, they are not easily preventable. However, preparing for any situation that may arise with your oral health is one of the key pillars to ensuring the highest chance of successful recovery in the shortest amount of time.
One of the most common forms of oral emergencies occurs with objects that get lodged or stuck in your mouth. This could range from a simple piece of food stuck between your teeth that is causing pain or discomfort to an object that is causing heavy bleeding. The first thing you should do is use a removal tool that is not too sharp or capable of inflicting more damage. Removal of the item may require the help of a dentist, but if you can do it yourself, be careful not to do anything that could damage your teeth and gums for the worse.
Some oral emergencies are caused by the loss of teeth. This happens when a tooth is knocked out with brute force or blunt trauma. If your tooth has fallen out due to trauma, it may be possible to save and re-attach the tooth. However, this requires protecting the tooth or bits of the tooth until your dentist can successfully reattach them. Place the tooth in a tooth-saving product and use gauze to prevent further bleeding in your mouth. Be careful not to damage the root of your tooth or any nerve endings that may be exposed.
If you would like to learn more about oral emergency tips or to book an oral exam with Fisher Distinctive Dentistry, contact us at our dentist office in Port Orchard, WA. Our number is 360-876-0445. Dr. Fisher and Dr. Bergevin along with our entire team look forward to your visit.