In the event of a dental emergency, it's best to talk to your dentist about whether or not they offer emergency dnetal services. If not, then you should ask for a reference to an emergency dentist in the area that will accept your insurance. This way, in the event of an emergency, you will know where to go. If you have a dental emergency, it's important that you know what to do at home before you leave to receive emergency treatment. This way, you can be sure that the treatment will be as successful as possible. Here are four ways to take care of specific dental emergencies:
- A Lost Filling: In the event that you have lost a filling, cover it with sugarless gum. This way, bacteria cannot easily make its way into the area. You can also use dental cement for this, which is more effective. However, you might not have dental cement in your home. You should consider purchasing dental cement to have just in case once you have fillings done.
- A Dental Abscess: A dental abscess is definitely something you want to treat right away. This is because a dental abscess can become a serious infection if not treated. This can lead to the loss of a tooth or multiple teeth. On top of this, the worse the infection becomes, the more painful it is going to be. You will know you have a dental abscess if you have a small pimple-like bump near your tooth that is somewhat painful. Once you notice this, rinse your mouth with saltwater and go to your emergency dentist right away.
- A Broken Tooth: In the event that you have broken a tooth, it's important that you save as many pieces that have broken off as possible and bring them to your dentist. This way, they can restructure the tooth as best they can. You will also want to wash your mouth out with warm water since you are likely going to have some heavy bleeding, and then be sure to use ice or a cold compress to help prevent swelling, which can make treatment for your broken tooth more complicated since it will be more difficult for your dentist to see.
- Something Stuck in Your Teeth: If you have something stuck in your teeth that is causing discomfort or pain, you should try to get rid of it with floss. However, you need to do this gently so as not to damage your teeth. If you can't remove it, then you need to visit an emergency dentist.
When you know these four ways to take care of a specific dental emergency that you may face, you can be sure that the treatment for the problem is done in the best way possible.