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How To Handle Common Dental Emergencies – Annapolis, MD

Avoiding Additional Damage to Your Mouth

Want to feel in control when dealing with a dental emergency at home? Oftentimes, people use unverified methods and techniques to take care of a problem that can cause more damage and harm to your oral health. Dr. Neil Vanik wants to avoid this at all costs, which is why he is providing some helpful tips and suggestions on how to handle common dental emergencies in Annapolis, MD at home until you are able to get in to see him and his team. If you have any questions or need additional assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Something Stuck Between Your Teeth

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If you want to effectively remove an object from between your teeth, the best (and safest) way to do this is to use waxed dental floss. By moving it in a gentle, back and forth motion, you can release the object and begin to feel immediate relief. However, if the pain you’re experiencing isn’t because of something lodged in-between your teeth, it could be that an infection has developed, and you will require root canal therapy or tooth extraction to avoid additional damage to your smile.

Extruded Tooth

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Anytime a tooth is partially dislodged (extruded) or fully knocked out, time is of the essence. While the pain may increase after the initial injury, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever to minimize discomfort as well as use a cold compress against your cheek to reduce swelling. If possible, you can also try to push the tooth back into its socket; however, if you do not feel comfortable doing this, make sure you do not chew on that side of your mouth.

Abscess

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An abscess is an extremely dangerous dental infection that can cause problems not only for your teeth and gums but for the rest of your body as well. When you begin to notice a pocket of pus forming within your gums, pain developing around a particular tooth, and if you notice swelling around your jaw, mouth, or face, it’s time to get in to see us as soon as possible. While waiting for your appointment time, make sure to rinse with mild saltwater multiple times a day to reduce swelling, minimize pain, and thoroughly cleanse your mouth. It will be necessary for us to remove the tooth in its entirety and allow your oral cavity to heal thoroughly before discussing ways in which we can replace the tooth.

Soft Tissue Injury

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A busted lip, scratched gums, or bitten cheek can produce more blood than a knocked-out tooth. If this happens to you, use a clean, damp washcloth or gauze to place over the injured area to stop the bleeding. After 15-20 minutes, replace it with an ice pack or cold compress to reduce swelling and minimize pain and discomfort. Most soft tissue injuries will cease bleeding without a problem; however, if it continues to bleed beyond the allotted timeframe, visit your local emergency room for immediate care.