July 1, 2017
Our team at Dr. Hugh B. Rosenblatt’s office is prepared to do many things to help our patients. One of those things is treating dental emergencies.
We hope that you and your loved ones never need emergency dental care, but just in case, we want you to save this phone number — (561) 877-3802. That’s how you can reach our dentist office if you live in or near Boynton Beach, FL.
Dental emergencies can happen at anytime and anywhere. If one happens to you or someone you love, we want you to be as prepared as possible. Below, you’ll find some suggestions for items you can use to create a dental first aid kit.
Your Dental Emergency Kit
You can’t anticipate every possible problem, but you can take steps to be ready to deal with many situations. By keeping the items recommended below with your other first aid supplies, you’ll be more prepared for possible dental emergencies, too.
► Latex or nitrile gloves
Dental emergencies often involve blood and saliva. This makes it important to cover your hands before helping. You may already have gloves in your first aid supplies. Dental emergencies are another reason to keep them around.
► Denture adhesive
While helpful for keeping dentures in place, this also can serve as a temporary bonding agent for someone with a broken dental crown or dental bridge.
Gauze can help during a number of dental emergencies. As we mentioned above, bleeding occurs during many of these situations, and gauze can be used to soak up blood. Fresh gauze can be used to apply pressure to slow bleeding as well.
In the event of a broken tooth, gauze also may be used to cover a broken tooth. This can help protect against accidental cuts to the soft tissues of the mouth.
► Dental wax
Like gauze, dental wax can be used to cover broken teeth until you are able to see a dentist.
Dental wax also can be helpful when someone has broken braces with bent wires. A piece of wax can be used to cover the broken ends of the wires.
You can then use the eraser end of a pencil to gently push the wire flat against the nearest tooth. This reduces the risk of scratches or pokes from the wire.
► Dental floss
Dental floss is a practical everyday tool, that can help in a dental emergency as well. If something is stuck between your teeth and gums, you may be able to remove it with dental floss. In some cases, this may be all that you need to do.
► Pain relievers
Dental emergencies hurt, and taking an over-the-counter pain reliever could make that pain manageable until someone is able to reach the dentist’s office for treatment.
We do want to share some words of caution, however. You should swallow the pain reliever as directed. Holding aspirin in your mouth can cause burns to your gums and cheeks, which will only make the situation more difficult.
► Cold packs
Ice or cold packs can be applied to the affected area to reduce pain and swelling.
General Tips For Dental Emergencies
First, call our dentist office as soon as you are able. By contacting us, we may be able to advise you about what to do before you are able to see us in person.
Second, find any missing teeth. When a tooth gets knocked out, it may be possible to save it in some situations. After rinsing the mouth of the person with the missing tooth, you can try to place the tooth back in its socket. If it will stay, leave it there. If it won’t stay, keep the tooth in milk until you are able to see a dentist.
For a broken tooth, you will want to cover the tooth with wax or gauze after the bleeding has stopped and the blood has been removed. Broken teeth can have sharp edges or points which can cut the soft tissues of your mouth if they are left exposed.
Don’t Stay In Pain
Dr. Rosenblatt and the rest of our team never wants to see a patient in pain. We will do our best to relieve your pain and address the immediate problem. When things are under control, we can discuss the best long-term treatment.
Again, remember to keep our phone number, (561) 877-3802, close so you can get help quickly if your dental emergency occurs in or near Boynton Beach.