Handling Dental Emergencies: Tips from Mary H. Makhlouf DMD, Your Trusted Dentist in Burlington

Accidents can occur unexpectedly, but knowing how to respond can make all the difference in preserving your oral health. Dental emergencies require prompt attention to prevent permanent damage. If you encounter a dental emergency, follow these guidelines and contact our office immediately for assistance.

Common Dental Injuries and How to Respond

  1. Knocked-Out Tooth:
    • Rinse the tooth with water if dirty, avoiding damage to tissue fragments.
    • Keep the tooth moist by gently placing it back into the socket, if possible.
    • Alternatively, store the tooth in milk or a saltwater solution and seek immediate dental care.
  2. Chipped or Cracked Tooth:
    • Save any tooth fragments if possible.
    • Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the injured area.
    • Apply cold compresses to reduce swelling and alleviate pain.
  3. Objects Caught Between Teeth:
    • Carefully use dental floss to remove the object.
    • Avoid using sharp instruments to prevent injury, and seek professional assistance if unable to remove the object.
  4. Soft-Tissue Injuries:
    • Rinse your mouth with mild salt water to control bleeding.
    • Apply a moistened piece of gauze or tea bag to the bleeding site for 15 minutes.
    • Use a cold compress to alleviate pain, and contact our office if bleeding persists.

Preventing Dental Emergencies

  • Use Mouthguards: Wear a mouthguard when participating in sports to protect your teeth from injury.
  • Avoid Hard Foods: Refrain from chewing on ice, popcorn kernels, or hard candy to prevent dental damage.
  • Never Use Teeth as Tools: Do not use your teeth to cut or open items; instead, use scissors or appropriate tools.

In the event of a dental emergency, do not hesitate to contact our office in Burlington immediately. We can provide step-by-step guidance on caring for your mouth and arrange for prompt treatment if necessary. Your oral health is our priority, so feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns regarding dental emergencies.

Mary H. Makhlouf DMD, MS, PA of Burlington
Phone: (336) 226-8406
1682 Westbrook Ave.
Burlington, NC 27215