Emergency Dental Care

Dental emergencies can happen at any time, often catching us off guard. From severe toothaches to knocked-out teeth, these situations require prompt attention to prevent further damage and alleviate pain. Knowing what to do in a dental emergency can make all the difference in preserving your oral health. Let’s look at some common dental emergencies and the steps you can take to manage them effectively until you can see a dentist.

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Toothaches can range from mild discomfort to severe pain, often indicating an underlying issue such as decay or infection. Rinse your mouth with warm water and gently floss around the affected tooth to remove any trapped debris. Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as paracetamol and ibuprofen, can help relieve discomfort temporarily, but avoid applying aspirin directly to the gums as it may cause burns.

Knocked-Out Tooth:

If a tooth gets knocked out, time is of the essence. Handle the tooth carefully by the crown (top part), avoiding touching the roots. Rinse the tooth gently with water if it’s dirty, but do not scrub or remove any attached tissue. Try to reinsert the tooth into its socket, holding it in place with gentle pressure or store it in a container of milk or saliva to keep it moist. Seek immediate dental advice and treatment, as the chances of saving the tooth decrease rapidly after the first hour.

Broken or Chipped Tooth:

Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the area and apply a cold compress to reduce swelling. If possible, save any broken tooth fragments and bring them to your appointment.. We will assess the damage and recommend appropriate treatment, which may include bonding, a filling or a crown to restore the tooth’s structure.

Lost Filling or Crown:

Avoid chewing on the side of the mouth with the lost restoration until you can see us. We will determine the best course of action, which may involve replacing the filling or crown. Crowns can often be recemented.

Abscess or Swelling:

Dental abscesses are serious infections that require immediate attention to prevent the spread of bacteria. Rinse your mouth with salt water to reduce bacteria and alleviate discomfort. Apply a cold compress to the affected area to reduce swelling and pain. Contact the team at Renew Dental Lounge as soon as possible for proper diagnosis and treatment, which may include draining the abscess and prescribing antibiotics.

Swollen face

Swollen face from dental abscess


Frequently Asked Questions About Emergency Dental Treatment

What is a  dental emergency?

Dental emergencies include severe toothaches, knocked-out teeth, broken or chipped teeth, lost fillings or crowns, abscesses, and any other situation causing significant pain, swelling, or bleeding in the mouth.

When should I seek emergency dental care?

It’s crucial to seek emergency dental care if you experience severe pain, bleeding that won’t stop, trauma to the mouth, or any situation that threatens the health of your teeth or gums. If in doubt, contact the team at Renew Dental Lounge for guidance.

How can I manage a severe toothache at home?

Rinse your mouth with warm water, gently floss around the affected tooth to remove any debris, and take over-the-counter pain relievers as directed. Avoid applying aspirin directly to the gums. Contact us for further guidance and treatment.

Can lost fillings or crowns wait until my next dental appointment?

While lost fillings or crowns may not cause immediate pain, they can lead to further damage or discomfort if left untreated.

Dental emergencies can be stressful, but knowing how to handle them can help minimise pain and prevent further complications. Remember to stay calm, assess the situation, and seek professional dental care promptly. Additionally, maintaining good oral hygiene and attending regular dental check-ups can help prevent many dental emergencies from occurring in the first place. If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, don’t hesitate to contact the team at Renew Dental Lounge for guidance and treatment.

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