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Did you know that most oral emergencies end up much worse than they should be because they are not properly dealt with after they occur? Although some oral emergencies can be dangerous, your recovery time is often determined by the decisions you make after one occurs. Here is a list of frequently asked questions about oral emergencies:

Question: Does biting your gums or lip constitute an oral emergency?
– Although biting your lips or gums while chewing or eating is fairly common, it can sometimes be serious. If you do bite your mouth, clean out the affected area and apply a clean gauze until the bleeding stops. If the bleeding continues, the wound may need additional care, including stitches.

Question: What are some common oral emergencies?
– If you suffer any sort of injury that results in lost or cracked teeth, or a lost filling or crown, it will need to be dealt with as soon as possible. In the case of a lost tooth, it may be able to be re-inserted in your mouth. Try placing the tooth over the gap in your mouth without hitting the nerve, or you could also place the tooth in a tooth-saving solution. In either case, visit your dentist to have it bonded back into place. If you have lost a filling, apply chewing gum or a dental cement over top the affected area until a replacement can be given. If you lost a crown, cover the remaining exposed tooth with a soft cotton swab preferably coated in clove oil.

Question: How can you protect your mouth from oral accidents?
– Always make sure to take the necessary safety precautions when dealing with high-risk situations. This includes always wearing any safety gear or equipment that can protect your face and jaw.

If you notice any habits or foods that are putting your teeth at risk, take the steps to protect yourself immediately. For additional help, Dr. Timothy Dinkelman and our team at Northridge Dental LLC are here to give you the smile you desire. If you would like to schedule an appointment to come see us at our dentist office in Lincoln, Nebraska, please contact us at 402-477-1177 to speak with a member of our team. Don’t let bad oral bacteria control your life. It’s time to fight back and get the smile you deserve!