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How To React To A Dental Emergency

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It is important to know how to react when an emergency comes your way, no matter what kind of emergency it is. When you experience a dental emergency, you need to know how to react when one occurs. Knowing how to react in advance will help you have the right reaction in the present.  

Dental Emergency #1: Broken Tooth 

When you break a tooth, the first thing you need to do is rinse your mouth out with warm water. This will help clean the area where you broke your tooth. After you clean your mouth, you are going to want to take some ice, wrapped up in a towel, and apply them to your cheek near the area where your tooth was damaged. This will help reduce any swelling to your jaw and surrounding mouth areas. Then, you need to get to an emergency dentist right away. 

Dental Emergency #2: Lose Filling 

Next, fillings are not made to last forever. Hopefully, when your filling needs to be replaced, you will be at the dentist's office. However, if your filling comes out when you are going about your everyday life, you are going to want to protect the opening. You can save the filling if you were able to spit it out. 

Then, you are going to want to place some paraffin over the cavity. This will help ensure nothing gets into the cavity that is left behind when your filling came out. Then, take some aspirin if you are dealing with any pain, and get an appointment to replace the filling with your dentist as soon as possible. 

Dental Emergency #3: Completely Knocked Out Tooth 

If your tooth got completely knocked out, you need to act quickly. First, try to save the tooth. Take the tooth and rinse the tooth off with a little running water. Try to limit how much you touch the tooth, and don't scrub it. If you can put the tooth back in the socket and hold it in place, you are going to want to do that. If you can't put the tooth back in the socket to protect it, put it in side of some milk. Then, get to an emergency dentist as fast as possible. The faster you get to the dentist, the better the chance of the tooth being saved. 

If you find yourself in a dental emergency, get to the dentist as quickly as you can to get the emergency dental care services you need.