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How To Handle A Holiday Dental Emergency

As you might expect from an emergency, it tends to happen at an incredibly inconvenient time, such as during the holiday season. This is particularly true because most dental clinics are closed during the holidays or have reduced hours so dentists and staff members can spend time with their families and loved ones. So what do you do when a dental emergency happens during a holiday party, dinner, or vacation? Here, our dentists in Orlando with Thornton Park Dental Arts discuss what to do when you have a broken or chipped tooth, a knocked-out tooth, a toothache, cracked or lost crown, or a broken filling, and offer tips for preventing dental emergencies this holiday season.

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Dental Emergencies

Broken Or Chipped Tooth

If you’ve found yourself with a chipped, cracked, or broken tooth during holiday festivities, our Orlando dentist recommends you try to save any pieces of the tooth that have fallen out of your mouth, if possible. Then, you should carefully rinse your mouth out with warm water as well as any broken fragments of teeth (exercise caution as fragments can go easily down the drain). If you experience persistent bleeding on the area of your mouth with the chipped, cracked, or broken tooth, apply gauze to the affected region for 10 minutes, or until the bleeding stops. Next, apply an ice pack to the outside of the mouth, over the area to help reduce any swelling. Last, contact our dentist's office to schedule an appointment. We offer a wide range of restorative dentistry treatments, such as dental bonding, to help restore your smile.

Knocked-Out Tooth

Teeth can become knocked out for a wide range of reasons, and when this happens, it can cause a great deal of panic and distress. Take a deep breath and follow our dentists’ tips to help handle the situation. First, retrieve the knocked-out tooth and gently rinse the root of the tooth with water. Then, try to put the tooth back into its socket, making sure the tooth faces the correct way. If you can’t put the tooth back into the socket, don’t force it, and instead place the tooth in a cup of milk or saltwater. Knocked-out teeth are salvageable only within 4 hours of being dislodged from the mouth, so you should immediately seek treatment from a dentist.

Severe Toothache

Numerous concerns can lead to toothache pain, including dental infections, cavities, and sinus infections. When you experience severe pain from a toothache, you should start by rinsing your mouth out with warm water and taking a mild, over-the-counter pain reliever. Do not apply aspirin powder directly to the broken tooth, as this can cause delicate tissues in your mouth to become damaged and will likely cause you more pain. Additionally, it can make it more complicated for your dentist to identify and treat the source of toothache pain. But whatever you do, don’t ignore your toothache. Pain is your body’s way of signaling that something is wrong and needs treatment. Contact our office to schedule an appointment!

Cracked Or Lost Crown

For cracked or lost dental crowns, you should try to save any piece of the damaged crown, if possible. Then, you should cover the affected area of your mouth with gauze to prevent the jagged area from catching and harming your tongue or surrounding gum tissues. If possible, slip the crown back onto the tooth, but don’t force it. We strongly advise against gluing down the tooth unless you’re using denture adhesive or toothpaste. For more information about what to do when you crack or lose a dental crown and to schedule an appointment for treating a cracked or lost crown, contact Thornton Park Dental Arts.

Broken Filling

In some cases when dental fillings become broken or fall out, you may experience some degree of tooth sensitivity. But most patients who lose a filling or break a filling only experience irritation to their tongue due to the jagged edges of the remaining structure within the tooth. When a filling breaks or falls out, try to avoid chewing on that side of your mouth while eating. Also, be sure to clean the tooth thoroughly by rinsing your mouth with warm saltwater after you eat. Maintaining your dental hygiene routine is likewise important, so brush and floss twice each day. Try your best to avoid touching the spot with your tongue, which will likely lead to soreness and additional discomfort.

Tips For Preventing Dental Emergencies

Emergency dental situations may not always be preventable. However, taking good care of your oral health, your teeth, and your gums by brushing and flossing twice daily can help. Eating a balanced diet and visiting your Orlando dentistry clinic regularly for dental checkups and teeth cleanings can likewise help limit the chance of an emergency dental visit. To best help avoid emergency dental situations, adhere to the following tips.

  • Skip sticky and chewy holiday treats
  • Don’t use your teeth to open presents
  • Avoid bad oral habits like nail biting and teeth grinding
  • Brush and floss your teeth at least twice per day
  • Schedule regular dental checkups and teeth cleanings