Dental emergencies occur without notice and they can happen when you least expect them. This is why it is really important that everyone knows how to handle them. If you experience a dental emergency, you may not be able to visit an emergency dentist straight away. However, knowing what to do can mean the difference between saving and losing a tooth.
Can your emergency dentist see you the same day?
When looking for an emergency dentist, it’s important to know what level of service they offer, before you have need for them. Many will offer same day appointments, such as those at Hermes London Dental Clinic in Victoria. Find out if that’s the case with your dentist and if they offer a dedicated phone number for dental emergencies. You might want to save it in your phone just in case.
It is important to note that an emergency dentist can only handle dental issues, not serious or life-threatening incidents. If you sustained a head injury and you suspect a concussion, broken bones or you are bleeding or having difficulty breathing, please call 999 or visit the nearest A&E department immediately.
Here are some common dental emergencies and advice on how to handle them while waiting to be treated by an emergency dentist.
Knocked-out or displaced teeth
The most important thing to remember if you lose a tooth during an accident, is that you must keep it hydrated until you can get to an emergency dentist. After gently rinsing it, try to place the tooth back in the gum. If this is not possible either place the tooth between your teeth and gums, or preserve it in some milk. Avoid storing the displaced tooth in water as this can damage it. If you act quickly and you see a dentist shortly after, there’s a good chance the tooth can be saved.
For many people, toothaches aren’t really an emergency unless they are accompanied with agonising pain. If a toothache gets the best of you, it is better to deal with it while waiting to see an emergency dentist. Wash your mouth with lukewarm water and remove gently any trapped food remains with dental floss. If the pain doesn’t go away, a painkiller can offer temporary relief. Do not place the pill next to your tooth or gums as it can damage the soft tissue.