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You should contact your dentist immediately if you are experiencing any form of dental emergency. Our team can cater for unexpected emergency treatment at short notice and are equipped with the latest dental technology that allows us to cater for any emergency treatment.
What are common dental emergencies?
The most common dental emergencies are:
• A knocked-out tooth
• Pain or sensitivity in one or more teeth
• Facial or gum swelling
• Pain around the jaw
• Bitten lip, tongue or cheek
• Emergency cosmetic dentistry
• Lost filling or crown
• Infected or impacted wisdom teeth
• Emergency root canal
• Chipped, cracked or broken teeth
If you have a knocked-out tooth it is important to find the actual tooth and handle it by the crown (top), not the root so as not to scrape away any of the tissue fragments. If possible, it is best to wash the tooth quickly in milk or saliva to remove any debris or dirt, then try to gently hold the tooth in place. If you are unable to replant the tooth in its socket, keep it moist by submerging it in milk or saliva (no water), sealing it in plastic wrap. This is critical in saving the tooth.
Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean it out and place a cold compress onto the outside of your cheek or mouth if swelling is present. Gently use dental floss to remove any food caught between your teeth. Do not place aspirin directly on the aching tooth or gums as it may burn the tissue, and ask your dentist or pharmacist about any over-the-counter pain medication for quick relief. See your dentist as soon as possible if pain persists.
Bitten lip, tongue or cheek
This can often occur while eating or during an accident. Gently clean the area with warm, salty water, then apply pressure to the area with a cold compress or ice pack wrapped in a clean cloth to limit any swelling and reduce bleeding. See your dentist if bleeding continues after 15 minutes.
An abscess is a infection that usually forms is the space between the teeth and gums or at the root of the tooth. Abscesses can cause damage to the tissue and surrounding teeth, and if left untreated can cause a more widespread infection and become life-threatening. It is important to see your dentist as soon as possible if you have an abscess. Rinsing your mouth regularly with warm salty water may help alleviate discomfort until you’re able to see your dentist.
Lost filling or crown
If a cavity develops under a crown or filling, it can become loose and eventually fall out. When the middle layer of the tooth is exposed it can become very painful and sensitive to any hot or cold foods. The filling or crown will need to be replaced as soon as possible.
Chipped, cracked or broken tooth
Rinse your mouth out with warm water to clean the area and use a cold compress or ice pack wrapped in a clean towel on the face to reduce swelling if needed. The urgency of this problem depends on the severity, but it is better to be safe than sorry and head to your dentist as soon as possible.
If a dental emergency is left untreated it can lead to devastating problems and make any subsequent treatment more complex and invasive. If you have any doubts contact our team at Magical Smiles to help determine the best course of action.