Navigating Through A Dental Emergency While Traveling

If you haven’t exactly been keeping up with your daily oral hygiene practices, there’s no telling what might occur while traveling. Of course emergency dental problems can spring up at any time, so here are some tips for navigating through a dental emergency while traveling.

Painful Toothache

It’s common to develop a toothache while on a flight due to changing pressure in the cabin. If that is the cause, it should stop hurting shortly after you land.

In the case that your pain does not go away, your toothache should be dealt with in the following way:

    • Floss to be sure there is nothing lodged between your teeth causing the discomfort
    • Rinse your mouth thoroughly with warm water
    • Use OTC painkillers to reduce any pain or inflammation

If these remedies don’t fix the problem, it’s time to find a local dentist to prevent an infection.

young women suffering from toothache while sitting on the sofa

Broken, Lost Crown Or Filling

Losing a filling can happen anytime. If it occurs while traveling, you can use OTC dental cement or chewed sugarless gum in the cavity.

If a crown becomes loose or detached, place it back over the tooth and use dental cement to hold it in place. Judge whether you can wait to get home to see your own dentist or find one locally.

It would be wise to call your dentist to make an appointment as soon as you get home.

Broken, Cracked, or Lost Tooth

These are true dental emergencies and you should not wait to seek care. If no emergency dentist is available, go to a hospital emergency room.

Take the whole tooth or all the fragments and rinse with water holding only the crown. You can then place the whole tooth in milk. Getting care within the hour reduces the risk of losing your tooth.

If you experience severe bleeding or trauma to the face or jaw, immediately seek care at a hospital emergency room.

If you plan to be away for more than a week, it’s a good idea to make an appointment with Manhattan Dental Arts for a check-up prior to leaving to help prevent dental emergencies while traveling.

For further questions or to schedule an appointment with our office in Manhattan’s Upper West Side, NYC, please call (212) 247-2330 today.

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