Emergency Dental Procedures that Can Save a Tooth

If all you had to do about your teeth is clean and floss and visit the General Dentist in Wicker Park two times a year, life would be pretty uncomplicated as far as your teeth would be concerned. But it isn’t and when accidents happen that involve the mouth and teeth, contact Dr. Anast’s office to get immediate help from your emergency dentist. The most common dental emergency that needs immediate attention involves the loss of a tooth or teeth. Here are some actions that you should take when this or another dental emergency takes place.

What Are Considered Dental Emergencies?

Here is a list of what the ADA considers a dental emergency and how best to proceed when they happen.

Knocked out tooth: If it is an adult’s tooth, keep it moist possibly by placing it back in the socket avoiding the root or keep it in your mouth with some milk and head to the dentist. A child’s tooth needs the same treatment unless it’s a baby tooth. Visit the dentist in that case to make sure the whole tooth has come out.

Cracked Tooth: Rinse with warm water and call the dentist. A cold compress on the face at the site of the tooth can be used to keep the swelling down.

Bitten tongue, lip, or cheek: Be careful, especially with the tongue. It has a large blood supply so place a compress on the wound and if bleeding doesn’t stop, see the dentist or go to an emergency room.

Toothache: Rinse and floss. If it still hurts call the dentist, but don’t place an aspirin on the tooth as that may actually burn the tooth or gum.

Caring for your teeth can reduce the emergencies from happening. Avoid using your teeth to cut through things, and always floss and brush to avoid cavities from developing into emergencies. When they do arise in the Bucktown, Wicker Park, and Logan Park area contact Dr. Anast for immediate help.