You never know when or where a dental emergency could strike. Something as simple as tripping could result in damage to your teeth. Thus being prepared for an emergency situation is very important. But do you know what to do if you suffer a broken tooth, for instance? If you don’t, there is no need to worry. Your Brighton dentist, Dr. Thomas Villani, is here to prepare you for a variety of dental emergencies.
Caring for Common Dental Emergencies
- Bitten tongue. If you bite your tongue severely, use a damp cloth to apply pressure. Doing so should stop the bleeding. However, if the bleeding does not stop, visit a hospital.
- Cracked tooth. If you crack your tooth, it is at an increased risk of infection. Bacteria can enter the tooth far easier and access its pulp. Therefore, you should first rinse your mouth with warm water to remove some bacteria from your mouth. Then call your Brighton emergency dentist, Dr. Villani.
- Knocked-out tooth. If one of your teeth is knocked out, begin by rinsing your mouth quickly. Then look for the lost tooth. If you find it, be sure not to handle it by the root. Rinse the tooth clean in warm water and then place it back in its socket. If you are unable to replace it in the socket, you may place it between your gums and your teeth or in a glass of milk. Be sure to bring your tooth along when your visit Dr. Villani.
- Broken tooth. As with a cracked tooth, a broken tooth is at an increased risk of infection. Rinse your mouth with warm water and seek dental assistance. If any swelling develops, you can limit it with a cold compress.
Schedule a Visit with Your Brighton Emergency Dentist
Prompt care is vital in a dental emergency. If you need emergency care, contact your Brighton emergency dentist, Dr. Villani, by calling Brighton Family Dental Group at (617) 562-5210. We proudly serve patients from Watertown, Cambridge, Brookline, Newton, Brighton, and the 02135 area.