Your Evansville dentist Dr. Max Lingo is there for you if you have a dental emergency, just like Dr. Lingo and his staff and associates are there for you when you need a regular checkup or dental maintenance and care.
You can be prepared for a dental emergency ahead of time by assembling an emergency dental-care kit, according to Know Your Teeth. The kit should include: Your dentist’s phone number, a handkerchief, gauze, a small container with a lid, and ibuprofen.
You should see a dentist Immediately if you suffer a tooth or mouth injury. Getting to a dentist within 30 minutes can make the difference between saving or losing a tooth.
If a tooth is knocked out, immediately call your dentist for an emergency appointment. Sometimes you may be directed to an emergency dentist who’s on call.
Don’t touch the root of the tooth because you can damage cells necessary for bone reattachment. Gently rinse the tooth in water to remove dirt, then gently place the clean tooth back n the socket to keep it moist. If that’s not possible, wrap the tooth in a clean cloth or gauze and immerse it in milk or saliva.
If a tooth is pushed out of position, gently push it back in place then bite down to hold it in place while you head to the dentist’s office.
If a tooth is cracked or fractured, rinse your mouth with warm wate, use an ice pack to reduce swelling, take ibuprofen for pain and get to the dentist.
If you injure the inside of the mouth, cheek, lips or tongue, clean the wound right away with warm water and go to a hospital emergency room for the necessary care. Bleeding from a tongue laceration can be reduced by pulling the tongue forward and using gauze to place pressure on the wound.