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What To Do In A Dental Emergency

Unfortunately, dental emergencies are quite common so knowing what to do when a dental emergency occurs can literally mean the difference between saving a tooth or losing it.

Tips in dealing with some of the most common dental emergencies

Dental Emergency – Knocked Out Adult Tooth

1: Locate the tooth asap.
2: Pick it up by the crown; avoid touching the root of the tooth.
3: If the tooth is dirty gently rinse the tooth in milk, if milk isn’t available use tap water for a couple of seconds.
4: If possible insert the tooth back into the socket from where it came out, making sure it is the right way around.
Note 1: If the tooth doesn’t go back in, don’t force it. Quickly place it into a container that contains milk or saliva to cover the tooth.
DO NOT place it in water.
Note 2: DO NOT wrap the tooth in cloth or tissue as it will dry the tooth out.
5: Once the tooth in place, gently bite down on a clean cloth or tissue to keep the tooth in place.
6: Should the tooth be wobbly it can be stabilized by using your mouth guard or using some folded aluminium foil over the area.
7: See a dentist immediately (within 30 minutes if possible) so that the tooth has the best chance of survival.

Knocked Out Baby Tooth

1: Locate the tooth asap.
2: DO NOT put the tooth back into the socket.
3: Place the tooth in a container that contains milk or saliva.
4: See a dentist immediately as they can quickly assess if the whole tooth has come out, or just part of it.

Dental Emergency - Knocked Out Tooth
Dental Emergency - Cracked Tooth

Dental Emergency – Cracked or Chipped Tooth

1: If possible locate the fragments of the tooth.
2: Place them in a container that contains milk or saliva.
3: Applying a cold compress from outside of the mouth close to the area of damage will help to reduce swelling and pain.
4: See a dentist asap as they may be able to re-attach the fragments to the tooth.

Severe Toothache

1: Use a Dental floss to remove food debris between the teeth as this may be causing the discomfort.
2: Rinsing the mouth with warm water can help alleviate some of the pain.
3: Toothache drops, clove oil, or similar can also assist in the reduction of pain as it numbs the area temporarily.
3: See a dentist asap.

Bleeding Tongue

1: To minimize bleeding place some gauze on the affected area, keep pressure on it by gently biting down.
2: If the tongue is swollen, suck on an ice cube to reduce it.
3: See a dentist asap.

Dental Emergency – Lost Dental Filling

1: Use a sugarless dental gum or cement to temporarily fill the cavity.
2: Use a cotton swab and toothache drops / clove oil to reduce sensitivity.
3: See a dentist asap.

Lost Dental Crown

1: Locate the Crown.
2: Use a cotton swab and toothache drops / clove oil to reduce sensitivity.
3: You can temporarily use toothpaste, dental gum or cement to coat the tooth.
4: See a dentist asap.

Objects Caught Between Teeth

1: Try to gently remove the object with dental floss.
2: DO NOT use pins, needles, etc to try and remove the object as you may damage the gum or the tooth enamel.
3: If you cannot remove the object seek an appointment with a dentist.

Abscess Pain

A gum abscess looks like a yellow, red, clear, or whitish pimple on the gum.
1: Rinse the mouth with a mild solution of salt water.
2: See a dentist asap.

Dental Emergency
Dental Emergency - Swollen Face

Dental Emergency – Broken Braces

1: Cover the open ends with gauze or cotton.
2: DO NOT cut the wires as you may possibly swallow the pieces.
3: See a dentist immediately.

Face Swelling

This could possibly be because of an infected tooth, bone or gum infection.
1: Try to stay upright, don’t lie flat.
2: Drink fluids – Dehydration can cause further complications.
3: Applying a cold compress from outside of the mouth close to the area of damage will help to reduce swelling and pain.
4: See a dentist immediately.

Bleeding after a dental procedure

It is not normal for bleeding to continue the night after your procedure.
1: Keep your head elevated above your heart.
2: Keep your mouth elevated above your heart during sleep.
3: Go back to the dentist asap.

Dental Emergency - Happy Tooth
If you are experiencing a dental emergency and live on the Sunshine Coast (Noosa) give the team at “The Dental Junction” a call on 07 5473 5117 or contact us via the Website to book a dental appointment immediately. We will get to the root of the problem and have you smiling again.:-)

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