Dealing With Dental Emergencies Over Memorial Day Weekend
Memorial Day should be spent relaxing, enjoying the three-day weekend, and spending time with family. Unfortunately, dental emergencies don’t take a three-day weekend, and you may encounter a dental emergency over the holiday.
Below are a few of the most common dental emergencies and how you can deal with them until you can get to our office:
Toothaches – If you’re experiencing a toothache, begin by brushing and flossing gently and rinsing with warm water. If your pain is being caused by a piece of food that’s been stuck in the teeth, this should dislodge it. If this doesn’t help, take an over-the-counter pain reliever and avoid placing heat directly onto the tooth or gums. Eat soft foods until you can get to our office.
Knocked Out Tooth – Find the tooth and pick it up by the crown – never touch the roots. Rinse the tooth gently with cool water and avoid washing away any tissue that may still be attached. If possible, place the tooth back in the socket and gently bite down to keep it in place. If this is not possible, place the tooth in a cup of milk or the saliva of the person who lost the tooth. If you’re seen within 30 minutes of losing the tooth, we may be able to save the tooth.
Broken Tooth – If a tooth has been broken, there may be some bleeding. If so, apply sterile gauze to the source of the bleeding and apply gentle pressure until the bleeding subsides. If there’s pain, take an over-the-counter pain reliever and avoid chewing hard foods. If the broken tooth has jagged edges, purchase and apply some dental wax to avoid cutting the inside of your cheeks or tongue until you can be seen by a dentist.
We’d like to wish you a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend! If you encounter a dental emergency, please don’t hesitate to contact SpringRock Dental, located in Aurora, Colorado.