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What to do in a dental emergency

Dental emergencies occur unexpectedly so this article will equip you with the know-how for the most common urgent dental situations so you know what to do!


Rinse your mouth with warm water and use dental floss to remove any debris that may be causing pain inbetween your teeth. Look in the mirror: can you see anything wrong such as a dark spot on a tooth, a lump on your gum, bleeding, puss or a hole? If there is swelling, apply a cold compress to the face. Contact a dentist to book an urgent appointment. If there is a lump or abscess, inform the receptionist when booking the appointment as this will need to be treated as a priority. If you can, take painkillers in the meantime.


Rinse your mouth with warm salt water and try to keep the area clean. Avoid chewing on the tooth in question. Book an appointment as soon as possible to get the filling replaced. It is important that you do this quickly as the strength and health of the tooth may be compromised leading to more serious (and expesnive!) treatment being required if not dealt with soon.


Call your dentist as soon as possible to get this treated. If you have the crown, take it with you to the appointment. They may simply cement it back on. Inform the receptionist whether or not you still have the crown that fell off. If you have lost it then a new one will need to be made but a temporary can normally be created at your appointment to get you by in the meantime. Do not eat on the tooth that has lost a crown! Again, warm salt water rinses may help in keeping the tooth clean.


Call your dentist to book in an emergency appointment IMMEDIATELY!! The quicker trauma is treated the more controlled the damage. Try to get rid of any blood in the mouth by rinsing with warm water. If it is still bleeding you may need to apply, with a little pressure, some gauze to the site to try to stop the bleeding. If any teeth have fallen out and you managed to save them, bring them to your appointment.


Image credits: Author: Sophia Wotherspoon

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