Sports injuries, falls, and other accidents are a common cause of dental emergencies. With proper care, it is possible to save a damaged or dislodged tooth. The following first aid steps will help you cope with common dental emergencies.

Dislodged Permanent Tooth:

If possible, try to put the tooth back into the socket or hold it between the teeth and gums to keep it moist. You should avoid touching the root to prevent further damage. You can also place the tooth in a glass of milk or use an American Dental Association-approved tooth preservation product.

Cracked Tooth:

Clean the area by rinsing the mouth with warm water. You can use cold compresses to alleviate any swelling.

Biting the Tongue or Lip:

Rinse the area with water and apply a cold compress.

Toothaches/Objects Stuck in Teeth:

Rinse with warm water. You can use dental floss to remove anything stuck between the teeth. Never use sharp objects to clean your teeth or apply aspirin to the teeth or gums.

With any dental emergency, you should see your libertyville dentist or go to the nearest emergency room as soon as possible.