Certain situations qualify as a dental emergency and these include knocking out or dislodging a tooth, having a bad toothache or facial swelling and bleeding in the mouth that will not stop. If you have chipped a tooth or lost a filling, or have damaged a dental appliance, then you will still need treatment but it should not require emergency dental care. However these problems might cause some minor tooth sensitivity or other discomfort so please talk to our friendly dental team as we can advise you on how best to cope until you come in to see us.
What Should I Do If I Have A Dental Emergency?
If you do have a dental emergency then please contact us as soon as you can. We will arrange an emergency appointment for you with one of our dentists which will usually be on the same day, particularly if you are in pain. We Care about your dental health, and will make sure we provide suitable treatment to relieve any pain as soon as we can, so we can have you feeling more comfortable during your initial appointment. It is likely that you will need to return to see us at a later date for further treatment to correct the problem responsible for causing your dental emergency.
What Should I Do If I Have A Toothache?
First, gently floss around the painful tooth and rinse your mouth with warm water to help dislodge any impacted food that may be pushing your tooth out of position. If the toothache persists, contact us to make an emergency appointment, and in the meantime, use a cold compress to reduce any facial swelling. If you have a fever or a high temperature, or notice a swelling on your gums then you may have an abscess and will need to seek urgent treatment. We will arrange emergency dental care for you as soon as possible.
Listed below are a few of the most common dental emergencies, and some advice on how to deal with them until you can get in to see us. You will also find we can provide more personalised advice based on your symptoms when you contact us to book your emergency dental appointment.
What Should I Do If I Knock Out A Tooth?
If you knock out a tooth then retrieve the tooth, holding it by the crown (the part normally visible in the mouth). Rinse off any dirt but do not scrub away any loose tissues attached to the tooth root. If you feel able, try to reinsert the tooth, making sure it faces the right way but do not force it back into the socket. Otherwise store the tooth in a small container with milk or water, and come to see us straightaway. Sometimes it is possible to reinsert teeth, but only within the first half an hour to an hour after the accident, so please act as quickly as possible.
Can I Avoid Dental Emergencies?
Some dental emergencies, such as injuries or trauma cannot always be avoided. However making sure you use a mouthguard during sports can reduce your risk of a knocked out tooth. Visiting us regularly for dental examinations will reduce your risk of a tooth infection and toothache.
We know dental emergencies can be upsetting but 1300SMILES is here to care for you. Phone us direct or you can get advice by using our Live Chat button on this page.