You can’t plan when an emergency will occur.
These situations happen when you least expect it and never at a convenient hour. Our dental team will be available anytime you need us to help solve and treat any dental issues.
What are Dental Emergencies?
Here are some emergency issues that our dentists treat.
- Dental trauma/injuries
- Swelling of the face
- Chipped teeth
- Broken teeth
- Knocked-out teeth
- Inflamed gums
- Broken crowns/bridges
- Broken dentures
- Bitten lip/tongue
What to Do in a Dental Emergency
The main thing to do in a situation like this is not panic - panicking will stop you from thinking clearly.
Remember that Painfree Dentistry has on-call emergency staff that are available 24 hours, seven days a week. If for whatever reason you cannot get in touch with a dentist, you may need to go to the emergency room or call an ambulance, depending on the severity of your emergency.
There are things you can do to help yourself in an emergency while waiting for treatment. Here are some common issues and how to deal with them.
- Toothache – Toothaches can become very severe. We understand how painful toothaches can be. They can be caused by many things and can be fixed by visiting the dentist. You can use over-the-counter painkillers as a temporary fix to relieve the symptoms
- Chipped teeth – You need to see a dentist as soon as possible if you have a chipped tooth. It may not seem serious if you have no pain, but a chipped tooth can become infected, suffer permanent damage and discolour over time.
- Loss of a Filling – You can lose a filling if the tooth it has filled is broken or decayed. You need to see a dentist immediately to prevent pain as a missing filling can cause a toothache. If this happens to you, you should try to eat on the side that is not affected. You should also avoid cold food and drink. This can help prevent symptoms from getting worse. You can also take pain relief if a toothache does develop.
- Knocked-out teeth – If you knock out a tooth, you need to call the dentist right away! While waiting for your emergency appointment, apply ice to the injury site and put the tooth in a cup of milk or water
Lowering the Risk of an Emergency
Emergencies are unexpected and cannot be prevented. However, there are a few steps you can take to lower the risk.
One of the best ways to prevent a dental emergency is to keep up with your dental visits. Regular dental check-ups and cleans can help diagnose dental issues. This way, you can be treated quickly before the issue gets any worse and turns into an emergency. Preventing issues will save you from experiencing an emergency, save you cash and save you from having an unnecessary painful experience.