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How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies – Auburn, ME

Taking Immediate Action to Protect Your Smile

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When a dental emergency occurs, it can be difficult not to panic. Whether it is you or your child who is hurting, finding the right solution to relieve the pain may not always be easy. At Willow Run Dental Association, you can feel confident knowing that our expert staff can walk you through every step while at home waiting to see a dentist. But even before you make that phone call, you might find that having a basic knowledge of how to handle common dental emergencies in Auburn, ME, can help when an injury occurs.

An Object Lodged Between Your Teeth

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When something is stuck between your teeth, this can result in a serious toothache. Since pain and possible swelling can result from this type of injury, it is best if you work quickly to try and remove the lodged object. Whether it is a piece of food or some other small item, it is suggested that you try to remove it with wax dental floss. By gently moving the floss back and forth, you should be able to remove it; however, you might try rinsing your mouth with warm water first. This will soften the item and encourage it to more easily loosen.

If proving too difficult or the item will not dislodge, call our office immediately and schedule an appointment. Our team will use the proper tools to remove the object and have you back on your way.

Partially Dislodged (Extruded) Tooth

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If you have a tooth that is partially dislodged or extruded, time is important. No matter if the tooth is fully or partially knocked-out, the only way to save it is by having your dentist put it back into the socket within an hour of the incident. While waiting to get to our office, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever to alleviate some of the discomfort as well as keep a cold compress next to your mouth. This will reduce swelling and help with any pain you are experiencing. If possible, try to push the tooth back into its socket, but if you are too worried you will do more damage, just wait until you get to our office.

Serious Infection or Abscess

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When pus pockets begin to form in the gum area above your infected tooth, this is a clear sign you have an abscessed tooth. An abscess is the result of severe infection and usually forms around the root of your tooth. If left untreated, an abscess can seriously damage your gum tissue and nearby teeth, even resulting in tooth loss and possible health problems should the infection enter your bloodstream and travel to other areas of your body. Should you notice any signs or symptoms associated with an abscess (i.e. fever, toothache, swelling in your face or cheek, swollen lymph nodes), you will need to receive immediate medical attention. In the meantime, try rinsing your mouth with saltwater.

Soft-Tissue Laceration

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Scrapes and cuts around the lips, cheeks, gums, and tongue can be easy to obtain. When a soft tissue laceration occurs, try to keep a piece of gum or gauze over the affected area. For 15-20 minutes, you should keep the problem area covered to stop the bleeding. Once it subsides, a cold compress can be placed near the area for 5-10 minutes. Only in situations where the bleeding does not stop should you get to your local emergency room.

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