A Richardson dental emergency can be a scary situation, but the most important thing to remember in any emergency situation is to stay calm. Focus on stopping any bleeding and protect any injured teeth. Do not take aspirin or ibuprofen during a dental emergency. These medications are anticoagulants and can cause excessive bleeding. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) can be used for pain relief following the directions on the label. If it is a life-threatening emergency, go to the hospital immediately or dial 911. Otherwise, make sure you call your dentist immediately. Injuries to the mouth can result in infections, loss of teeth and other complications.
The following is a guide for what to do in possible dental emergencies:
Severe Mouth Pain – Severe pain is a common problem that can have many causes, including: a cracked or broken tooth, debris stuck under the gum line, a lost filling or crown, or an infection. You should call your dentist immediately to schedule a thorough exam to determine the cause of your pain and appropriate treatment. Acetaminophen can be taken for the pain, and you can apply ice to the affected area for 10 to 20 minutes every hour until you see your dentist.
Lost Filling or Crown – A lost filling or crown can be quite painful. You should schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible if this occurs. In the case of either a missing filling or crown, you can use clove oil to relieve the pain caused by air coming in contact with the exposed part of your tooth. Clove oil can be found over-the-counter at pharmacies and supermarkets in Richardson. Simply apply it to the exposed part of the tooth with a cotton swab. Applying an ice pack to your face over the area that hurts can also help with pain.