Physical trauma sometimes results in dental pain or tooth loss. This is a dental emergency and you need to see a dentist as soon as possible.
Examples of Accidents that Cause a Dental Emergency
- Ski accidents
- Bike accidents
- Car accidents
- Sporting accidents (football, soccer, baseball, hockey, basketball)
- Biting into popcorn kernels, bones, nutshells, ice and eating utensils
Types of Emergency Dental Procedures
- Re-implantation: replacing a tooth into its socket in the mouth after it has been knocked out. This usually requires stabilization with wires.
- Emergency root canal treatment. After getting the tooth numb the nerve and blood vessel are removed which usually will stop a toothache.
- Open and drain: This emergency dental service is required when there is a painful infection and swelling. Usually, an opening is made in a tooth or gums to relieve the painful pressure of an abscess.
- Extractions: The removal of a painful tooth.
- Bonding: For a cosmetic emergency replacing part or all of a tooth temporarily with a plastic tooth covering material.
- Sedative fillings: Placing a filling material into a damaged tooth to make it feel better.
First Aid Procedure in Case of Emergency Event
- Damage to baby teeth in patients under the age of 6 years old. If a baby tooth has been knocked out and you are pretty sure it is not a permanent tooth you can just give your child some Tylenol and then make an appointment with your dentist to make sure that no further treatment is necessary.
- If a permanent tooth is knocked out in 1 piece the best thing to do is to put it back into its socket as soon as possible, being careful not to touch the root with your fingers. If the tooth is dirty rinse it off with running water. If you are unable to put the tooth back into its socket then put it into a small container of milk and bring it to your dentist as soon as possible.
- If you have a broken tooth that is painful and sensitive you can pick up a small tube of dental cement at your local pharmacy and place some of this over the sensitive broken area of your tooth until you can get to your dentist.
- If you have a painful dental abscess with swelling around a particular tooth, holding a mouth full of ice-cold water over the tooth will shrink the gas pressure inside the tooth and relieve the pain.
- For any painful dental emergency taking 500 mg of Tylenol ( acetaminophen ) plus 400 mg to 600 mg of Ibuprofen will be as effective as a narcotic for relieving pain.