Unfortunately, dental accidents are a common part of life. If you are concerned you have a dental emergency, we are here to help.
What Problems Are Considered Dental Emergencies?
The following are some of the most common dental emergencies we see:
- A partial or complete knocked out tooth
- Third molar (wisdom tooth) impaction pain
- A lost filling or dental crown
- A broken dental appliance (dental implant, bridge, denture)
- Fractured jawbone or tooth
- Chipped, broken, or cracked tooth
- A sudden or persistent toothache
What To Do If You Have a Dental Emergency
If you have a dental emergency, here are some tips for protecting your mouth and minimising pain until you can be seen by a professional.
Mild to severe tooth pain may be caused by an infection in your oral cavity or damage. Gargling or rinsing your mouth with warm water and flossing the sides of the teeth may dislodge any food particles that are causing pain. Contact us immediately if the pain persists.
Bitten Tongue or Lip
Biting your tongue or lip hurts! Unfortunately, this happens to everyone. If the area is bleeding, you can apply gentle pressure with a clean cotton ball or cloth. If the area continues bleeding or if your tongue has been cut, seek medical attention.
Fractured or Chipped Tooth
Although it may be less of an emergency than a knocked out tooth, a chipped or fractured tooth may still require immediate care.
If you crack a tooth, try applying a cold compress to your face to combat swelling. Avoid consuming hot or cold drinks or sticky food to avoid damaging the tooth further. If you manage to save the chipped off part(s) of your tooth, be sure to bring it along to your dental appointment as it may be possible to use it when reconstructing your tooth.
Extreme force or trauma may lead to a tooth being knocked out partially or completely. Important: Avoid touching the root of the tooth as much as possible.
Whether it is partially or completely knocked out, try gently placing the tooth back in the socket. Do not force it if the tooth does not go into the socket easily.
It the tooth is completely out, place it in a clean container filled with milk and contact us immediately. The sooner your tooth can get re-positioned, the better chance it has of reviving.
Lost Filling or Crown
Avoid hot or cold food or drinks as you may find yourself sensitive to extreme temperatures. Also, avoid letting any food particles touch the affected tooth as the exposed area will be especially susceptible to decay.
Applying clove oil on the tooth using a cotton swab or bud may help alleviate pain until you can be treated.
For a lost dental filling, you can try placing sugar-free gum or dental cement on the hole to seal the tooth’s surface. This can help temporarily protect your tooth until you are able to be evaluated and treated.
How Can I Prevent Dental Emergencies?
Dental accidents can happen to even the most careful individuals, but it is possible to minimise your chance of having a dental emergency by practicing the following steps:
- Regularly brush and floss your teeth (properly)
- Wear a fitted mouthguard when playing contact sports or engaging in other physical activities
- See your dentist regularly for routine cleanings and check-ups
About 123 Dental
Our emergency dentist is here to help when unforseen dental accidents arise. Please contact us with any concerns so our team can quickly direct you on the best approach to treatment.