With Memorial Day coming up, you may be wondering what would happen and what you would need to do if you break or knock out a tooth over the holiday weekend. Whether you’re traveling or just kicking back at home, here’s what you need to do if a dental emergency strikes.
First Aid for a Dental Emergency
First things first, you need to apply first aid. Depending on what sort of dental emergency you’re facing, you’ll want to take different actions.
First Aid for Broken or Chipped Tooth
Save any pieces if you can. Rinse your mouth and apply gauze if there’s bleeding for 10 minutes or until the bleeding stops. Apply a cold pack to the outside of the mouth nearest where the injury is. See a dentist as soon as possible.
First Aid For a Cracked Tooth
If a tooth is cracked but still completely there, apply a cold pack to the outside of the mouth to help with swelling and pain. Call a dentist as soon as possible or go to the emergency room.
First Aid For a Knocked-Out Tooth
If you can, find the tooth and hold it by the part that was exposed in your mouth (not the root that was in your gums/jaw). Rinse it off with water if it’s dirty, but don’t scrub it at all. If possible, you can try to put it back in the socket (make sure it’s turned the right way). If it’s not possible to reinsert it, place it in a container of milk or better yet in an emergency growth medium like Save-a-Tooth (you can buy a kit at the drugstore, grocery store or online to keep on hand). See a dentist as soon as possible.
How to Find a Dentist in Case of Emergency
If you’re in the midst of a dental emergency, the best thing you can do after applying first aid is to see a dentist as soon as possible. If you’re outside of normal business hours either on a weekend or a holiday, or if you’re traveling, you can use 1-800-Dentist’s emergency number to find a dentist in the area: 1-855-217-3840.
Emergency Dentist in Kansas City
If you’re already a patient of Dr. Irwin’s, you can rest assured he’s here to help in case of an emergency. In the event you do need urgent care from Dr. Irwin, you can call 816-668-8769. While we hope you never have to experience an emergency dental situation, we know how comforting it can be to have peace of mind that your dentist is there for you if you do.
Year-Round Dental Care from Dr. Irwin
With more than 30 years of dentistry, Dr. Irwin has the knowledge and experience to help you achieve the best dental health. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at 816-347-9933, or contact us via our website.