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What to do if I have a Dental Emergency if I am traveling?

Posted by Dr. Dizik on Mar 19 2020, 04:40 AM

Finally, having vacation plans after an exhausting schedule never includes a sudden toothache, a lost crown, or a dental trauma that knocks out your tooth. Unfortunately, it might be hard getting emergency dental care when you aren't home. You may not find an emergency dentist at your destination, so it is essential to know what you need to do when you have a dental emergency while traveling. Here are a few tips through which you can handle dental emergencies when you cannot get immediate help.

Toothache 

If you undergo a real bad toothache, rinse your mouth with warm water. Use dental floss to remove food or debris stuck between them. Do not place an aspirin against your tooth as it can burn the gum tissue. In order to reduce the pain, take over-the-counter pain relievers if essential. If all this doesn't resolve the pain, then contact a local emergency dentist as soon as possible. Then, when you return home, visit your dentist for a detailed check-up.

Knocked-Out, Broken, or Cracked Tooth

If your tooth breaks, cracks, or chips, then you need emergency care. Rinse a knocked-out tooth with water, but do not scrub or clean it, and only hold it by the top. You can place it back into its socket, then hold it in your mouth until you get the necessary care. If you can't, then place the tooth in milk, and visit an emergency dentist immediately. Visit an emergency dentist as soon as possible to save the tooth. 

Lost Crown or Filling

In case you lose a filling, then an over-the-counter dental cement can be placed in the cavity. Chewed sugarless gum can also act as a substitute. If your crown gets detached, then keep it back on the tooth and hold it in place using temporary dental cement, toothpaste, or denture adhesive. If you are not able to obtain an emergency dental care at your location, then call your dentist soon after getting home.

Broken Dentures

If your dentures break or don't fit you all of a sudden, then don't try to repair them by yourself. It would be better to find a dentist in the area who can do some minor repairs or adjustments. Be sure to visit your dentist when you get back home. 


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