Dentist Dr Harleen Gandhi Kalsi, head of Meraki Dental Studio in New Delhi has extended her personal support for all those who might be facing any dental emergency, and are in quarantine. She gives sound advice below on how to tackle certain dental emergencies at home. For those wishing to talk to her personally over phone can make an appointment at the details provided below
You should first Rinse your mouth with warm saline water to see if the pain subsides. Acetaminophen or ibuprofen will also help with the acute pain.
Check to see if there is a food particle or other debris wedged alongside the tooth. If so, try flossing around the tooth. Please avoid using a sharp object in the mouth as it may further your pain.
If the toothache is severe, increases while lying down, or worsens with hot food, you may need additional help. You can schedule an online consultation.
If your tooth is broken, try to keep the broken piece safely with you. We may be able to bond the broken piece back to your teeth. In case a large piece is broken, your tooth may bleed because of exposed dental pulp. In such case, you may need an emergency root canal. Call or contact us for immediate assistance.
If the tooth is broken because of an injury, use cold compressions for any facial swelling if present.
A dental abscess is a severe condition in which a pocket of ‘pus’ in the tooth has led to an infection. A tooth abscess may cause fever, tooth sensitivity to hot and cold, a persistent toothache, tender lymph nodes in your neck, swelling in the face, and a pimple-like bump on your gums near the infected tooth.
In such a situation you may need immediate antibiotics & treatment. You are advised to schedule online appointment.
Knocked Out Tooth
There is a high chance of saving your tooth if swift action is taken. We may be able to reinsert and preserve your tooth.
You should carefully pick the tooth by the crown or the top – take care not to touch the root- and carefully rinse it without scrubbing. If possible, reinsert the tooth in the socket. If you can’t, place the tooth in a small container of milk and contact your dentist quickly to increase the chances of saving your tooth.
How to Avoid Potential Emergencies
The best way to prevent dental emergencies is to stay proactive in your oral hygiene and have routine check-ups. Avoid chewing ice, popcorn kernels and hard candy, all of which can crack a tooth.
A simple tip – use scissors, NEVER your teeth, to cut or tear things; it may lead to a chipped tooth.
We sincerely wish that you don’t have to face any dental emergency during the COVID-19 lockdown. But if this situation should arise, you can schedule an appointment for online consultation with Dr. Harleen Gandhi Kalsi via
Website : www.merakidentalstudio.com
Phone : +91 8826983838
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Clinic : MERAKI DENTAL STUDIO
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