Objects Lodged Between Teeth

A dental emergency that is more common than most of us would like to believe, there are specific procedures to handle a situation like this one. When objects get lodged in between your teeth during the event of a trauma, if your teeth are not damaged, cracked, chipped or otherwise hurt in anyway, you may have a pretty good chance of not having to go to a dentist to get the situation remedied.

What To Do

According to the ADA website, the first thing to do is stop whatever it was you were doing and get in front of a mirror. Check if the object has damaged the teeth or the periodontium. If it has not, or only slightly, rinse the area thoroughly. This will dislodge any smaller pieces of the object, and it will also remove the filth and hopefully the microbes from the object that has become stuck. If you have mouthwash, you may want to use a bit of that, too. 

Next up, grab some floss. Try and see if you can get the floss around the object, and remove it gently. I cannot emphasise how important being careful and gentle is. The object can break further, scratch the enamel, become lodged in your gum, and a host of other problems can happen, you can actually make the situation a lot worse if you just try to yank it out of there. So do go gently, and see if you can take the thing out with floss.

After you have removed the object, check your teeth and periodontium again. Is there any blood? Is there any bruising? Do the teeth have any scratches, any chipping any malformation at all? If so, you should book an appointment with the dentist, because the scratching or bruising in the mouth can become infected, and you can risk developing caries as well. 

Regardless of whether or not there is or isn’t blood or scratching, rinse your mouth out thoroughly with mouthwash after you have removed all parts of the object.

What Not To Do

Do not try and remove the object with your hands, especially if the object is small. Your hands, even if you wash them thoroughly, are covered in bacteria, and are clumsier than you think, and you may end up damaging your tooth. Do not try and sucj on the object to dislodge it, as this can also exasperate the problem. Do not, under any circumstances try tying something to the object and then yanking on  it or tying the other end to something that moves. This will cause damage, and it will hurt.