It was a beautiful Saturday morning – you work up early to head to the Warwick-to-Ephrata trail to get in some exercise. Hopping on your bike, everything seemed perfect – but when a small branch got caught in your wheel spoke and made you lose control, you fell and landed with your chin taking the brunt of the force, knocking out a tooth. Remaining calm, you wonder who you should you call. Luckily for you, the team at Ephrata Family Dentistry were able to see you right away and manage to save your smile. In this post, the team gives you pointers on what to do in urgent oral healthcare situations.
What Dental First Aid Tips Should I Know?
When it comes to a dental emergency in Ephrata, our team has seen it all. If you find yourself with any of the problems below, follow these tips from Dr. Glenn Wenger, Dr. Dennis Cerasoli and Dr. Sean Moriarty. Remember, urgent situations like these can be stressful, so don’t panic – stay calm and call us right away at (717) 733-1088.
Broken, Chipped, Or Cracked Tooth
If you break, chip, or crack one of your teeth, collect any of the broken pieces you can and store them in a glass of milk. Reach out to us as soon as you can, and don’t use over-the-counter dental cement to attempt to repair your tooth yourself – this only complicates professional treatment.
If you have a toothache, don’t ignore the discomfort. Floss gently, but thoroughly in the area to remove any debris, and rinse your mouth with warm salt water. If the pain doesn’t go away, contact us for treatment – don’t delay because oral infections can become serious quickly.
Gum Laceration & Soft Tissue Injuries
If you cut your gums or nick other soft tissue like your lips or tongue, you may be surprised by the amount of bleeding. Apply a piece of moistened sterile gauze or a wet tea bag to the area and apply pressure.
If you lose or have a tooth knocked out, pick it up by the crown (the part you chew with) and rinse it off with water, being careful not to disturb any attached tissue. Then, place the tooth back in its socket. If you’re not able to do this, put the tooth in a glass of milk. Either way, call our office immediately for care.
When Should I Go To The Hospital?
In most instances, your dentist should be your first contact when a dental emergency happens. But if either of the circumstances below arise, go straight to the nearest Emergency Room:
- Excessive Bleeding – If bleeding from an oral injury does not stop in 15-20 minutes with applied pressure, go to the ER.
- Jaw Injury – If you fall, are in an accident, or have trauma to your face, go to the hospital for care first. If you have pain after they send you home, come to us for follow-up care – the ER can sometimes overlook a broken jaw, but we can diagnose and treat this after you’ve been seen by medical professionals.
Now that you know what to do in a dental emergency, schedule your appointment with the team at Ephrata Family Dentistry to get to know our team before an accident happens!