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October 25, 2012
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The trauma of injuries to the mouth and teeth may be reduced if action is taken as soon as the injury occurs.  Here are some suggestions to help lessen pain, speed the healing process and perhaps even save a tooth following a dental emergency.

Toothache

Toothaches generally require immediate attention.  A bacterial infection can worsen rapidly and could require antibiotics.  If you have a toothache, gently clean the painful area using a soft-bristle toothbrush and floss.  Rinse your mouth with warm salt water.  Take an over the counter pain reliever and call your dentist as soon as possible.

Broken Tooth

First, gently rinse with warm and keep it clean.  Immediate dental care is necessary.  The treatment will vary depending on the severity of the fracture and could range from smoothing out a chipped area to placing a crown on the tooth.  If there has been damage to the tooth's nerve, root canal therapy may be necessary as well.

Soft Tissue Injury

If the tongue, lips or cheeks are bitten, cut or punctured, there may be bleeding.  Apply firm pressure to the injured area with gauze or a clean cloth.  If the bleeding does not stop within 15 minutes, contact your dentist or physician immediately.  Stitches may be necessary.  If there is no bleeding, clean the area with warm water on gauze or a clean cloth.  Apply and ice compress to the bruised or swollen area and contact your dentist for further instructions. 

No matter what type of injury, keep calm and get to the dentist as quickly as possible. 

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Daniel Colgan

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