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How to Handle Dental Emergencies

As some point in your life, you or a loved one might encounter an illness or accident that leads to a dental emergency. Knowing how to respond quickly should such a situation arise can ensure that the emergency is handled with minimum discomfort and maximum potential for a full recovery. Consider these guidelines should you experience a dental crisis in the future:

Tooth First aid

Address Complications

Dental emergencies can bring on an array of complications, including bleeding and swelling. If you experience a toothache, calm tooth and gum discomfort with an over-the-counter pain reliever. Should you suffer a bitten tongue, apply firm and consistent pressure to the laceration site to subside blood loss. If you incur an injury that results in a broken tooth, locate the missing pieces to facilitate the restoration process.

Protect Injuries

Some dental emergencies can leave your teeth and gums vulnerable to other repercussions. For instance, if you have a crown that comes loose, the exposed tooth may suffer an infection should bacteria penetrate it. To avoid this side effect, refrain from eating on the side of the mouth with the dislodged crown. You may also want to use a dental adhesive or sugarless gum to reattach the crown and safeguard the tooth until you receive professional treatment. If you knock out a tooth, reinsert it into the empty socket to protect both the tooth roots and exposed gum tissue.

Consult a Dentist

Ignoring a dental emergency can lead to severe ramifications. A loose crown that causes an infection can necessitate a root canal. A knocked out tooth may be permanently lost if professional help is not sought. Even a toothache can threaten tooth loss if the underlying abscess causes damage to the roots and bone. Seeking the help of a dentist as soon as you experience a dental crisis can provide you with the best means of alleviating your emergency and enjoying restored dental health.

Park 56 Dental can attend to your most pressing dental needs. Our team of top dentists can provide comprehensive treatment for many dental emergencies, including broken teeth, bitten tongues, and toothaches. Call us today at (212) 826-2322 for more information on our dental care options for residents of the greater NYC area. 

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