Knowledge about how to deal with a dental emergency will prove useful if and when you are faced with such a situation – especially if it is not possible to go for a dental checkup immediately. Efficiently dealing with a dental emergency will help in ensuring that you limit the damage to the teeth, mouth and gum areas that are affected.
A dental emergency that involves a toothache may be dealt with by tooth brushing or flossing, as there are times when food lodged in between the teeth is causing the pain. A knocked-out tooth, on the other hand, should be retrieved and held only on the crown part – touching the root part should be avoided, as there is still a possibility that the dentist can put the tooth back into its socket. A cavity caused by a lost tooth filling can be temporarily plugged with dental cement or sugar-free chewing gum, while a dental crown that falls off can be temporarily re-attached with the help of toothpaste or denture adhesive.
The tips mentioned above will provide temporary solutions, and should be followed with a trip to the dentist in the soonest possible time. The dentist will be able to provide a more lasting solution to the dental problem, so you can go back to the bright smiles you have previously enjoyed (before having the dental emergency).