The most common dental emergencies include loosened, fractured, or knocked-out teeth. In addition to these, painful cuts to the gums, lips, or cheeks should be treated promptly.
Dental emergencies can also include tooth pain or objects stuck between the teeth.
At Covington Signature Dentistry in Covington, Washington, Dr. Yeh has the experience and knowledge to treat any and all dental emergencies swiftly and efficiently.
Types of Dental Emergencies
Here are the most common dental emergencies and what you should do if they happen before you reach out to our office in Covington, Washington:
Handle the fallen tooth by its crown and gently rinse it with water to remove debris. Place the tooth in a milk container so that Dr. Yeh can try to reinsert the tooth in its socket once you reach our office.
Broken, Chipped, or Fractured Tooth
If the tooth is fractured or a piece has broken off, rinse the mouth with warm water. Place an ice compress to reduce swelling and retrieve the broken tooth fragments.
Tooth Pushed Out of Position
Gently use your finger to reposition the tooth to its initial location. Bite down on the loosened tooth to prevent it from dislodging.
Bitten Lip or Tongue
If a severely bitten tongue or lip is causing bleeding, clean the bite with water and use a cold compress to reduce any swelling.
Object Caught in Teeth
Dental floss should be used to remove the object. Never use a metal or sharp tool to remove a stuck object.
In most instances, a broken jaw is caused due to a blow to the head. Severe blows to the head can be risky and even life-threatening. If you suspect that the jaw is fractured, use a cold compress to reduce swelling and rush to emergency care.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies?
The following tips can help you avoid dental emergencies:
- Childproof your house to help prevent accidents
- Avoid chewing on ice, popcorn kernels, or other hard foods
- Always use car seats for children
- If you play contact sports, wear a mouthguard
- Prevent toothaches with efficient brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits
How to Prepare for Dental Emergencies?
It is always a good idea to be prepared. For dental emergencies, you can keep a dental-care kit ready. Your kit should contain:
- Your dentist’s regular and emergency phone numbers
- Clean cotton gauze or handkerchief
- Small container with lid
- Painkillers like Ibuprofen
If you have a dental emergency in Covington, Washington, contact Covington Signature Dentistry at (253) 638-9955 or visit our office at 27121 174th Place SE, Suite 202, Covington, WA 98042.