When Christmas morning arrives, you’re probably going to hear the quick and excited sounds of feet stomping towards your bedroom doors. What you might also hear however, is a trip, fall and crash after your child rushed to the Christmas tree to gather their presents. In the event that your child damaged their tooth, you’ll want to know the steps to handle their dental emergency.
Even if the general dentist may not be open on Christmas day, you’ll still want to give their emergency line a call to schedule an appointment at a later date or the same day if possible. Until then, here’s what an emergency dentist in Chicago Look says you should do to manage these common issues.
If your child knocked out their tooth, then you can wait until normal business hours to have it addressed. Until then, give your child an ice pack to apply to their face in 20-minute intervals. This will reduce swelling and discomfort. Make sure no other damage to neighboring teeth has occurred.
If you have an adult who’s had their tooth knocked out, you’ll need to get to an emergency dentist within the next couple hours in order to reimplant it. Until then, pick the tooth up by the crown, rinse it of all debris (make sure not to remove any tissue that’s still attached) and attempt to place it back into the socket. If it doesn’t stay in place, keep the tooth in a container of milk, saliva or saltwater and get to the dentist.
Chipped or Broken Tooth/Restorations
If your tooth breaks and the nerve isn’t exposed, rinse your mouth out with warm water to clean the tooth. Apply a gauze pad to the tooth for about 10 minutes or until bleeding stops. Apply an ice pack to the cheek, take an over-the counter painkiller and apply dental cement to the tooth to prevent any food from getting stuck inside it. If the nerve is exposed, call your dentist right away and listen to their instructions.
If a restoration has broken off but still in one piece, rinse your mouth out and apply a dental cement to the tooth before reapplying the restoration. This should only be considered a temporary solution until you get to the dentist. If you don’t have the restoration, cover the exposed area with dental cement.
Chronic tooth pain can be caused by a variety of issues, but the most likely reason is tooth decay. Avoid chewing foods on that side of your mouth and avoid sugar which can exacerbate the pain. The only way to know for sure what’s happening is to get an X-ray performed by a dentist. Until then, you can take over-the-counter pain medications and call a dentist in Chicago Loop. They may be able to prescribe antibiotics if you have symptoms pointing to an infection.
Holiday emergencies can happen, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take action. Schedule an emergency appointment today and don’t let your issue worsen!
About the Author
Dr. Joseph Ceisel earned his dental degree from the University of Illinois College of Dentistry. Over the past 30 years, he’s been providing patients the best dental materials, information and treatments possible, including those experiencing a dental emergency. To get your issue treated this holiday, you can contact his office through his website.