Dental emergencies include severe toothache, as well as damage to teeth caused by physical trauma. You may crack, chip, or knock out a tooth in an accident, fight, or while playing sports. If you have a dental emergency, contact a dentist in Belmont immediately. Dentists usually save time slots in their daily schedule for possible emergency visits. If there is no dentist available, go to your nearest hospital Emergency Department (ED or ER). Give the dentist or doctor a detailed account of the relevant events and symptoms. Meanwhile, there are a few initial steps you can take, in the event of an emergency.
If you are suffering from a severe toothache, use dental floss to carefully remove any food particles lodged between teeth. Then rinse out your mouth with warm water. See your dentist right away.
Cracked, Chipped, or Broken Tooth
If you have cracked, chipped, or damaged your tooth, use warm water to rinse your mouth. If you are experiencing facial swelling, apply cold compresses to the area. Visit your dentist as quickly as possible.
If you have knocked out a tooth, try replacing the tooth in its original position. If this isn’t possible, immerse the tooth in a glass of milk. You can also keep it from drying out by holding it carefully inside your mouth (do not swallow it) or by using a tooth preservation solution marked with the ADA seal of approval. With baby teeth, keep the tooth from drying out and bring the child to the dentist as rapidly as possible.
Injuries to Your Jaw, Tongue, or Lip
If you believe that you may have seriously injured your jaw, you will need immediate medical attention. Go straight to your emergency dentist or nearest ER. You can use cold compresses to help reduce any swelling. If you have bitten your tongue or lip and the area is bleeding uncontrollably, you may need medical care. Rinse the affected areas or apply cold compresses. Consult a medical or dentist professional right away.