Types of Dental Emergencies & What To Do
There are several types of dental emergencies that may require you to go to an emergency dental clinic. But before that, it’s also important to know what to do 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.
Toothaches can be quite uncomfortable and painful to deal with, and even though they are common, they rarely occur without a cause. 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 can 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 it by using a clean finger, floss, or toothbrush.
- Use a cold compress if the area is swollen.
- 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 unforeseen circumstances, adult can get their teeth knocked out entirely. If it happens, go to urgent dental care immediately, as 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 avoid touching the root of the tooth. Pick it up by the crown (the part visible in your mouth) to avoid damaging the root.
- 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 it is reimplanted.
If the tooth cannot be saved and needs extraction, then dental implant treatment may be recommended upon assessment.