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How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies – Daytona Beach, FL

Know the Steps and Stay Prepared

A woman flossing.

When you’re having a dental emergency, it can be a scary experience, especially if you have never had one before. The most important thing you can do first is stay calm and keep a level head. Dr. Lloyd and his team are more than prepared to help you when you call Indigo Dental. While we have a dedicated emergency page, there are some issues that require immediate attention. Keeping this information in mind may not only help you, but your family members as well in the event of a dental emergency.

Foreign Object Stuck In Between Teeth

A closeup of an oral abscess.

Whether it’s food particles or other forms of debris, they can apply a significant amount of pressure once they get in between your teeth. This can lead to discomfort, but in many cases this issue can be resolved on your own. To start, pick up a wax-coated floss and tightly wrap it around your two index fingers. Make sure you are not cutting off circulation in the process.

Gently slide the floss in between your teeth and move it back in forth in the affected area. If needed, rinse your mouth out with warm water to attempt to loosen the food debris. If you cannot get it out yourself or discomfort continues, call our office. Do not use a pin or any sharp objects to try and remove the debris. This can result in you cutting your gum tissue or damaging your enamel.

Abscess

A man with oral pain.

An abscess refers to a small pocket of pus and typically appears as a result of an infection. You’ll likely notice it form near your tooth root or on your gums in general. Without expert treatment, you can suffer from damaged gum tissue, damage to nearby teeth, or even tooth loss. The infection could also reach other areas of the body, which is why you should always call our office right away if you notice severe tooth pain, fever, swelling in the face or cheek or swollen lymph nodes under the jaw. To ease discomfort until you get to the office, rinse your mouth out with warm mild saltwater several times daily.

Extruded (Partially Dislodged Tooth)

A woman covering her mouth.

If your tooth has been knocked loose but it hasn’t been completely dislodged, it is extruded. If you want the tooth to have any chance of being reattached, it needs to be treated as soon as possible. After calling our office and setting up an appointment, take ibuprofen and hold a cold compress to the outside of your mouth to reduce swelling that may be present. Do not chew or bite down until you get seen by our office.

Injury to Soft Tissue

If in any event your tongue, cheeks, lips or gums are bleeding, start by rinsing your mouth with warm saltwater. We recommend placing a piece of sugar-free chewing gum over the cut for 15 to 20 minutes, then applying a cold compress to the affected area for an additional 10 minutes. Seek immediate medical attention if the bleeding does not stop. If bleeding is severe, get to the emergency room before visiting our office.