Imagine that it’s Thanksgiving Day. Everyone in the family has stuffed themselves silly with turkey and all the trimmings, and no one can imagine having any room for pie. But, oh, that pie looks so good. Maybe if you all go outside and toss the football around a little, the exercise will help you digest and make some room. Jackets and scarves on, you make your way outside. That’s when your cousin lobs a throw your way, when you’re not looking, knocking you right in the mouth. You can tell you’re bleeding, and something feels really weird with your teeth. In fact, is that a tooth fragment you see on the ground in front of you. Everyone might begin to panic, including you, but your Farmington Heights dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari, wants to prepare you for any random emergencies involving your teeth.
Step 1: Retain any lost teeth, or teeth fragments
If you can find and keep any significantly sized parts of your tooth, and soak them in milk or a saltwater solution, there is a chance that your dentist will be able to reattach them. You must try and get into the dentist within an hour, if possible.
Step 2: Rinse your entire mouth
Rinse your mouth out with warm water to remove any dirt or food particles, and blood. This can help avoid infection.
Step 3: Cold compresses and pain control
Apply ice or a cold compress to the area just outside where your injury is – such as your cheek, lips, or jaw. This will reduce swelling while you arrange an emergency dental appointment. Take over-the-counterpain medication such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen if you’re feeling discomfort. Avoid aspirin for children under 18, and don’t allow aspirin to sit against the gums, as it can actually burn gum tissue.
Step 4: Get to the emergency dentist
Many dentists offer emergency appointments. If your regular dentist does not, find the closest one and call them as quickly as possible. Again, when it comes to reattaching teeth, time is of the essence.
If your injury is painful, but your tooth has not been dislodged, and there’s no other physical reason you can see to go to the dentist, you can take the wait-and-see approach. Always call the dentist, however, if your pain persists, gets significantly worse, or you have jaw pain with a popping or clicking noise.
Emergency Dentist in Farmington Hills
We offer emergency dental appointments at Comfort Dental Spa. If you would like to schedule an appointment, contact our 48335 dentist office at (248)474-6434. We are happy to provide comprehensive dentistry to patients from Farmington Hills, Dearborn, Novi, Livonia, Detroit, and surrounding neighborhoods.