ToothachesThe most common issue people tend to have with their teeth is pain or aching of a tooth or several teeth. It is always wise to arrange to come and see Dr. Tufarolo as soon as possible when a tooth starts hurting you as pain can be an indicator of a couple of different issues.
While waiting for your appointment make sure to keep your tooth as clean as you possibly can, brushing it with care and flossing it gently enough not to irritate it. Rinsing and swishing with salt water is advised as this can help dislodge food and debris from around the tooth.
Over-the-counter painkillers are perfectly acceptable to reduce discomfort or pain. Try not to use aspirin as it is a blood thinner.
If you experience any swelling of the face or the neck, feel free to apply a cold compress keeping in mind that the skin should not come into direct contact with ice or extremely cold items. Makes sure to wrap any cold items with a towel or cloth to avoid direct contact between ice and skin.
Broken ToothIf you chip or break your tooth or crown it is important that you call our office as soon as possible. We will need to determine whether or not the nerve of the tooth is damaged or not. While preparing to come see us it would be a good idea to rinse your mouth with warm water and apply pressure to any area that is bleeding with a piece of gauze until it stops. You can take Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen to combat swelling or pain. Make sure to bring the piece of tooth with you, as it may be able to be re-attached.
Knocked Out ToothIf you lose a whole tooth please make certain to retrieve the tooth and bring it with you to our office. Make certain not to touch the root end of the tooth while rinsing it off. Generally, handling the tooth much more than rinsing it off and placing it in milk or between your cheek and gums is discouraged due to the fact that excessive handling may damage the tooth further. As stated, place the tooth in milk or in your mouth and come to see us immediately so that we can fix the issue.
How to Avoid Dental EmergenciesAs always, the easiest way to deal with emergencies is to prevent them from happening in the first place with careful planning and preparation. Don’t use your teeth as a tool to open or hold objects. Avoid chewing on hard objects like ice and hard candy. Always make certain to wear a protective mouth guard when participating in sports and other forms of dangerous recreation.
Again, if you have a serious injury or emergency please do not hesitate to head to the emergency room immediately. If it’s a problem you are unsure about or think we can help you with, give us a call at (425) 405-6400 and we will be happy to help you however we can.