Summertime: a season for beach trips, relaxation, and barbeques. Don’t risk ruining your summer fun with a dental injury that could have easily been avoided. Your Wynnewood family dentist understands that accidents do happen, and we want you to know, we’re here when you need us – even in a dental emergency.
First Response for an Oral Injury
When you experience a dental emergency, call Dr. DeFinnis as soon as possible for an appointment. For accidents occur when you aren’t near a phone, be prepared by learning these tips. They could tide you over until you can see Dr. DeFinnis.
- Toothache – Avoid hot and cold foods, do not chew on the affected tooth, and clean your mouth with water. Use floss between teeth if you think that lodged debris may be the cause of your pain. To reduce swelling, place an ice pack on the outside of your mouth. Then, make a dental appointment.
- Canker sore – Dry the sore by rinsing with salt water, and apply a topical, over-the-counter ointment to ease pain. Read more about canker sore treatment here.
- Crown falls out – If the crown is in one piece, rinse it with water or saliva, then replace it over your tooth. A small amount of toothpaste can secure it until you can visit Dr. DeFinnis. If the crown is not in one piece, avoid chewing on the tooth and make an appointment as soon as possible so that we can place a temporary crown over your tooth.
- Knocked-out tooth – Gently rinse tooth in clean water or saliva, then place it back into its socket, if possible. If you can’t reset the tooth, put it in a Baggie with milk or saliva to keep it moist. Bring the tooth to our dental office as soon as you can.
- Swollen gums – Tissues swell when they are under stress. Swollen gums may indicate an infection or be a reaction to trauma, such as a blow to the mouth during sports. If the swelling does not subside in 24 hours, or if you experience pain, bleeding, or loosening teeth, call us for an appointment.
- Broken braces – Schedule an appointment with your orthodontist as soon as possible. In the meantime, place a tiny ball of orthodontic wax around the broken wire or bracket.
- Jaw injury – If your jaw is bleeding, swollen, or causes difficulty when you talk or breathe, contact emergency services immediately. However, if you have a slow onset of pain in your jaw, schedule a visit with Dr. DeFinnis.
Preventing Dental Emergencies
- Wear a helmet when riding your bike.
- Protect your teeth and gums with a mouthguard when playing sports.
- Keep your teeth clean by brushing twice and flossing once a day.
- Visit Dr. DeFinnis for six-month checkups and cleanings.
- Follow through with recommended dental treatment plans.
- Avoid chewing on objects that are very hard.
- Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, becuase they can contribute to the development of oral cancer and gum disease.
Should you experience a dental emergency, call Wynnewood Dental Arts immediately at (610) 228-4452. We provide comfortable family dentistry to patients from Wynnewood, Havertown, Ardmore, Penn Wynne, and the surrounding areas.