Athletic injuries and accidental falls are just two of the more common causes of oral trauma. This can potentially harm soft oral tissues and cause severe dental fractures. In these moments, you might need help managing the pain and assessing the severity of the trauma while you seek emergency treatment from our dentist, Dr. Grant R Young.
Gently rinse your mouth with some lukewarm saltwater, which can clear away any excess blood and tooth debris. It might also help to soothe the wounded soft tissues and give you a better look at the area.
You may also relieve the pain with a standard dose of an over the counter pain medication. Gently rubbing a small amount of topical oral analgesic on the area might also help you numb traumatized soft tissues while you wait for your appointment at Grant R Young DDS. Do not apply aspirin directly to the affected area. Initial swelling and inflammation might be addressed by applying a cold compress for up to 20 minutes at a time. If you don’t have one on hand, a bag of frozen vegetables might suffice.
If you are in the Wausau, Wisconsin, area and you have suffered a significant oral trauma, you should call 715-845-6222 to schedule and emergency appointment at Grant R Young DDS.