What To Do During A Dental Emergency
There are several types of dental emergencies that may require you to go to an emergency dental clinic. But it’s also important to learn the necessary steps to take during a dental emergency in order to minimise the damage to your teeth, prevent (further) tooth loss & maintain overall health.
Remember quick action is vital during a dental emergency. Always contact our dentist for guidance based on your unique situation.
Types Of Dental Emergencies
& How You Can Help
There are several types of dental emergencies that can require you to go to an emergency dental clinic. But it would also be beneficial if you knew how to take care of the emergency when it happens, so you do not lose the tooth.
Toothache is common, but rarely it happens without a cause. It can be quite uncomfortable and a painful experience. Some of the common reasons for toothache can be due to:
- Tooth decay
- Tooth fractures
- Tooth trauma
- An eruption of the wisdom tooth (adolescence)
- Gum problems
- A dental abscess
- A cracked or damaged tooth
- A broken or loose filling
You alleviate the pain by following these steps:
- Clean the affected area with warm water
- Check if there is any food lodged in the area and remove them by using a clean finger, floss, or toothbrush
- If the area is swollen use a cold compress
- Avoid hot or cold foods
- Elevate your head slightly when lying down
- Take over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen following recommendation
- Go to the dentist immediately
Knocked-Out Tooth (Avulsed)
Due to some unforeseen circumstances, an adult can get their tooth knocked out entirely. If it happens, go to urgent dental care immediately, time is crucial in such a case to save your tooth. A dentist will try to reimplant the tooth after determining the severity of the trauma.
Here’s how you can help:
- Recover the tooth but do not touch the root of the tooth.
- Rinse the debris and dirt off the tooth but do not scrape or scrub the tooth
- You can apply gentle pressure to put the tooth back into the original socket or place it in the cheek pouch.
- Keep the tooth wet until the reimplantation is done.
If the tooth cannot be saved and needs extraction, then dental implant treatment may be recommended upon assessment.