The frustrating thing about emergencies is that, definitionally speaking, they are completely unpredictable. Just as you never know if you might accidentally trip on the stairs and break your arm, you never really know when you might be faced with a dental emergency. And when you or a family member falls and chips part of a tooth, it can be hard to get past the panic and actually figure out what to do.
Luckily, that’s where Mint Dental Alaska comes in. We offer emergency dentistry solutions to all patients. If you or your family ever experiences a tooth-related emergency, you can contact our office and see a dentist as soon as possible. To make the process less stressful, we’ll also explain here what you should do when faced with common dentistry emergencies.
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One of the most common tooth-related maladies is the infamous toothache. Ranging from a slight twinge to unbelievably painful, toothaches often seem like they spring up for no reason at all.
When faced with a toothache, you should carefully rinse your mouth with warm water and floss in the event that the pain is caused by something stuck in the mouth. Because toothaches can arise for a number of very different reasons, you shouldn’t try self-diagnosing or self-medicating it. Instead, if the pain persists, you should visit your dentist to get a professional’s opinion.
Chipped or Cracked Tooth
Another common type of tooth damage is a chip or crack in a tooth. Although teeth are made from a relatively strong material, they can still chip, break off pieces, or crack (fracture) when faced with blunt trauma.
If you or a family member ever chip or crack a tooth, you should immediately rinse out your mouth with warm water, taking special care to spit out (not swallow!) any pieces of the tooth that might have fallen out. Carefully clean and gather these pieces in case your dentist might need to see them.
Your next priority should be stopping any bleeding in the mouth. Applying a piece of gauze and putting pressure on the area can help the bleeding stop faster. Be especially careful if the damaged tooth has sharp edges — sealing the area in a piece of dental wax or cement can help make sure the tooth doesn’t cause anymore problems.
After taking these steps, you should visit your dentist in Anchorage as soon as possible. With dental emergencies, the sooner you get professional treatment, the greater chance you have of saving the tooth and a complete recovery. Dentists can easily polish, file down, or repair cracked and chipped teeth, but you have to visit them to get the full benefits of their expertise.
Knocked-out (Avulsed) Tooth
Finally, it’s also possible for a tooth to become avulsed (or knocked out). With an avulsed tooth in particular, reacting quickly is vital. If you can get the tooth replaced within 30 minutes, you’re almost certain to recover, and the longer you wait, the more likely that tooth will be rejected when you try to replace it.
If you ever knock out a tooth, you should first clean out both your mouth and the tooth with water. Be careful not to touch the root of the tooth while doing so. If at all possible, you should try placing the tooth back in the socket by lining up the root and pressing it gently into place. The key here isn’t the positioning — your dentist can fix the positioning at any time — but rather making sure your gums don’t “forget” the tooth and reject it later on.
If you are unable to put the tooth back in, you should keep the tooth as moist as possible. Place the tooth in a cup of milk, inside your cheek, or in a special ADA approved preservation product (available at your pharmacy) before rushing to the dentist as soon as possible.
Again, we cannot emphasize this enough — dental emergencies can be dealt with easily if you get to a dentist as soon as possible. Mint Dental Alaska is always available for treating new patients in Anchorage, so if you are ever faced with a dental emergency, you should call (907) 646-8670 or visit our website at mintdentalak.com to set up an emergency appointment with one of our dentists.