Five Most Common Dental Emergencies
Learn what to do and when to act if you are unfortunate enough to suffer from some of the most common dental emergencies!
1. You have lost a filling
Losing a filling is generally not a major cause for concern. Simply rinse your tooth with warm clean water and press a cotton wool ball firmly into the cavity. Make an appointment with your dentist within the next few days to have your filling replaced.
2. You have lost a crown.
Do not wait more than two days to replace a crown! Although losing a crown may not cause you immediate discomfort, it can and will if you leave your damaged tooth exposed to debris. Dental wax may be able to protect your tooth until you are able to gain a replacement crown.
3. You have a toothache
An acute toothache can be an incredibly painful and traumatic dental emergency. If you are suffering from this form of oral trauma first rinse your mouth out with warm water and apply a cold compress to the affected area for 20 minutes. Contrary to popular belief, DO NOT apply pain relief medication directly to the affected gum- this can burn and cause extensive damage to the gum tissue. Arrange an emergency dental appointment as soon as possible.
4. You have chipped or broken your tooth
If possible, locate and save the chipped portion of your tooth. Rinse with warm water and apply a cold compress to the outside of the impacted area. Make an appointment with an emergency dentist as soon as possible.
5. Your tooth has been knocked out
If your tooth has been knocked out it is VITAL that you visit your dentist within 30 minutes- this can mean the difference between saving and losing your natural tooth! Pick your tooth up by the crown (never the root) and gently rinse with clean water or milk. DO NOT scrub the tooth or attempt to remove any of the connective tissue around the tooth. Store the tooth in your mouth or in a container of milk until you can reach an emergency dentist.
Dental emergencies can be a traumatic and stressful time, and at Q Dental we offer flexible hours accommodate emergency patients in our high quality dental practice.