5 Common Dental Accidents and How To Handle Them

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Published on September 27th, 2019

Dental emergencies or accidents involving gums or teeth problems occur more frequently than we think. These can range from toothache to broken tooth or even tooth loss.

In such situations, timely professional treatment at a dental clinic in Vadodara can eliminate expensive and extensive dental procedures later on. However, in some cases you may need to handle such dental emergencies yourself first with some simple measures.

Described below are 5 such commonly occurring dental emergencies and how best you can tackle them to ensure minimum or no loss of teeth.

1. Toothache


If you are experiencing toothache, thoroughly rinse your mouth with warm water first. If you notice any lodged food particles, try removing them gently with dental floss.

In case of any swelling apply a cold compress on the outside of your cheek or mouth. Do not put aspirin or any other painkiller near the aching tooth or gums as it may burn the gum tissue. Contact your dentist at the earliest.

2. Objects Caught Between Teeth

The safest way to extract any objects stuck between teeth is by using dental floss gently. Do not use force or any sharp objects such as pin to remove that stuck object. By doing so, you may damage your gums or teeth. Consult your dentist immediately.

3. Abscesses

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These are basically pockets of pus which are caused by bacterial infection around the root of the tooth or in the spaces between gums and teeth. They are a serious condition which if neglected can cause damage to tissue and surrounding teeth.

In severe cases, this infection might spread to other parts of body if left untreated. Never try to treat this condition yourself. Your dentist will drain out the pus and treat the infection with antibiotics.

4. Chipped or Broken Tooth

Keep the chipped or broken piece safe. Rinse the chipped or broken piece and your mouth with warm water. If the site of injury is bleeding, apply a piece of gauze there until the bleeding stops.

If there is swelling or pain, apply a cold compress outside the mouth. Visit a nearby dental clinic for professional help. As a precaution, its best to avoid chewing on extremely hard foods or even non-food objects like pen.

5. Loose or Knocked Out Tooth

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Wash the knocked out tooth or teeth gently with water and place it in a container of milk or solution like Save-a-Tooth. Don’t try to fit the knocked out tooth or teeth forcibly back in its place.

You can take an over-the-counter pain reliever medication if needed. Those who actively play contact sports are at an increased of this dental accident. Hence, it’s advisable for them to wear a mouth guard to protect their teeth and gums.

Other dental emergencies may include problems like lost crown or filling and broken brackets or wires of braces. In such a situation never try to fix the problem yourself.

Especially in case of protruding wires or broken brackets of braces cover the loose sharp end with orthodontic wax until you reach your orthodontist’s or dentist’s office.

Look for a dental clinic in Vadodara with an experienced team which can help you understand better about dealing with such dental emergencies.

Author Bio:

Aesha PatelDr. Aesha Patel graduated from the K.L.E.S’s Institute of Dental Sciences, obtaining her Bachelor of Dental Surgery following which she also completed her Master of Dental Surgery in Conservative Dentistry & Endodontics from the Karnavati School of Dentistry. Her enthusiastic personality and warm manners allowed her to serve as a junior lecturer from 2010 to 2011 at the Karnavati School of Dentistry. She has gained her expertise in Endodontics by working under the guidance of Dr. Manish Shah at Aashu Dental Clinic. Outside her professional practice, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her friends and family.

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