Traveling can be extremely stressful. When you throw dental problems into the mix, it can get even more nerve-wracking. However, it can help to know what to do if you encounter a dental emergency while traveling. With that being said, here are four dental emergencies you may be faced with and what to do if you are:
Broken or Cracked Tooth
The first thing that you need do when you have a broken or cracked tooth is to rinse your mouth thoroughly with warm water. You can use a cold compress to help control any swelling that you are experiencing as well as over-the-counter ibuprofen, which will also help with pain.
If you suffer an injury that knocks out one of your teeth, you need to try to find the tooth so that you can take it with you to the dentist. Be careful when handling it and only touch the crown of it so that you don't damage the root of the tooth. Run it under low-pressure water in order to rinse any accumulated dirt off the tooth, but do not scrub it. Try to place it back in the socket. If you cannot, place it in a cup of cold milk until you can get to the dentist to help preserve the tooth. Time is of the essence, so try to get to the dentist within one hour.
Lost Tooth Filling
If you lose a tooth filling, the inside of your tooth is going to be exposed. Therefore, the important thing here is going to get that exposed area of your tooth covered with something. The best thing to use is dental wax. You will want to either pack some ahead of time or visit a local pharmacy to pick some up. If you can't find some, you can use a little bit of sugar-free gum.
Loose Dental Crown
A dental crown will often become loose while you are eating and it is because the crown doesn't fit the shape of the tooth any longer. If this happens to you, you will likely notice that your tooth will be incredibly sensitive, especially to pressure and temperature. You will want to reapply the crown, but first you can apply clove oil to the affected tooth to help alleviate some of the pain that you may be experiencing. To reapply the crown, you will want to clean the crown and then use dental cement to affix the crown onto the tooth. If the crown is lost, you can simply apply a coat of the cement on top of the tooth to cover any imperfections until you can make it to the dentist for a permanent fix.
If you run into any of the aforementioned problems, you will want to follow the steps mentioned above. You will also want to call and make an appointment with your dentist as soon as you get back home. If you can locate an emergency dentist, such as Children's Dentistry of Lake County, where you're traveling, it might be a good idea to make an appointment.