Did you know that a serious toothache can kill? In 2007, Deamonte Driver, a 12-year-old boy in Maryland, died when his abscessed tooth left his body susceptible to traveling bacteria. In fact, the bacteria from his abscessed tooth spread to his brain, causing his demise. This just goes to show patients that if they’re experiencing dental pain, they should seek assistance right away from their dentist in Lancing at Hagerty Dentistry. You never know how serious your dental emergency may be!
Identifying a Dental Emergency
Dental emergencies are anything that causes persistent pain and requires immediate attention. Some examples include severe toothaches, loose teeth, lost teeth, a soft tissue wound or injury, or abnormal bleeding. Any kind of irregular pain around your face, neck, and mouth areas could also potentially be a dental emergency. If you experience any of these problems, we recommend heading to our Lancing office to visit us:
- Bleeding anywhere in your mouth
- Loose teeth
- Bulges or cysts along your gum line
- Sudden swelling anywhere in your mouth
- Knocked out teeth
- Suddenly misaligned teeth
- Lost dental restorations or prosthetics
- Long-lasting and/or excruciating dental pain
How do I handle a common dental emergency before I make it to your office?
Knowing how to handle a dental emergency in a timely, effective manner can help you save your natural teeth.
Chipped or Broken Teeth
- Save any remaining pieces.
- Rinse your mouth and the pieces using warm water.
- If there’s bleeding, apply pressure until the bleeding stops along with a cold compress in 10-minute intervals to keep any swelling down and relieve pain.
Lost Dental Restorations
There are several products available in the dental aisle of your local drugstore that can help you.
- Dent Temp—Place the mixture in the tooth’s affected area and pat it with water to harden the material. Bite into it while it’s soft to impress the shape of your tooth.
- Toothache gum—soften the gum in your mouth and place it where the missing restoration was. If you can’t find toothache gum, a piece of sugar-free gum will do the trick.
- Coat your tooth with Sensodyne or another fluoridated toothpaste to help with sensitivity and cover the area with sugar-free gum.
A Severe Toothache
- Rinse your mouth with a warm mixture of salt and water to disinfect the area.
- Use dental floss to floss around the aching tooth, try to remove any lodged debris or food if there are any present.
- Use a natural anti-inflammatory like clove oil or a hot chamomile tea bag to reduce swelling.
Contact Hagerty Dentistry ASAP!
When it comes to dental issues, they will only get worse if you ignore them—even to the point of death. Instead of having to google, “dentist near me,” you can be prepared with our phone number in your phone. This way, if you need assistance during a dental emergency we’re right in your pocket! Contact us anytime. We’re here to help keep your smile healthy and strong!