Dental emergencies can occur anytime. Accidents don’t have a 9-5 schedule. So, it is important to know that your dentist is available in emergency situations. At Painfree Dentistry we cater for emergency cases. We also have some helpful tips in preventing injuries and tips on what to do when an accident or emergency occurs.
Tips for Dental Emergencies
So, here are some tips to help you if you end up in a dental emergency. Taking the right steps can help save the tooth.
Knocked-Out Teeth – If you have knocked out a permanent tooth (adult tooth) then you need to try and place the tooth back into the socket without touching the root. If that is not possible you need to keep it moist. You can place the tooth in-between your cheek and gum, put the tooth in milk or put it into a tooth preservation product. Whatever method you choose, make sure you get to the dentist as soon as soon as possible.
Cracked Tooth – If you have cracked your tooth you should rinse your mouth straightaway. Rinse with warm water as this will clean the tooth and mouth. Then apply a cold compress to your face as this will help with any swelling. When the situation is under control visit your dentist.
Bitten Tongue/Lip – This can be cleaned gently with water. After the area has been cleaned, apply a cold compress. If it does not stop bleeding seek medical attention.
Toothache – Toothache can cause great pain and discomfort. If you are experiencing toothache rinse your mouth with warm water. This will clean the mouth and teeth. Then use dental floss on the tooth to see if there is any food caught. Do not put aspirin on the tooth and gums.
Stuck Objects – If you have something small stuck in the teeth like food then gently remove with floss. DO NOT use sharp instruments to try and dislodge anything trapped in-between teeth.
For objects stuck in the mouth, try to gently remove with floss but do not try to remove it with sharp or pointed instruments.
These tips will help you in a dental situation. However, it is important to get to your dentist or to seek medical help as soon as you can.
Tips for Avoiding Injuries and Accidents
Injuring your teeth and mouth is easier than you think. So here are some tips for avoiding accidents and injuries.
Mouth Guards – These should be worn in recreational activities such as skateboarding and in sports such as football and hockey.
Avoid Chewing Certain Foods – Hard candies and popcorn kernels are the main cause of a cracked tooth with foods.
Always Use Scissors – DO NOT use your teeth to cut thing!
Is it an Emergency?
When experiencing symptoms or when you have had an accident, it can be difficult to know if is an emergency. So here a few questions you can ask yourself or the injured person to decide whether you need emergency treatment.
Are you experiencing severe pain?
Are you bleeding from your mouth?
Are any teeth loose of missing?
Is there any swelling on your face or in your mouth?
Do you have any swelling or bulging on your gums?
Have you hit your mouth or face?
Answered yes to any of these? Then you should call your dentist immediately. This is considered serious and you should seek medical help from your dentist.
The Painfree Dentistry team is available after hours and emergencies will be seen to immediately. We can offer:
- After Hours and Weekend Appointments
- High Quality Emergency Care
- A compassionate team that can help in an emergency
- Solutions for Dental Pain
So, if you feel you are in an emergency call us straight away!