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Teeth can be broken, and crowns can be damaged or lost, swelling can cause pain, and dental appliances (braces, bridges, etc.) can break.
In case of a dental emergency, it is essential to see your Hoppers Crossing dentist as soon as possible.
But it is also important to know how you should react at the time an emergency occurs.
With that in mind, our friendly staff at Sayers Dental Aesthetics & Implants offer the following information and advice.
Is it a Dental Emergency?
Some dental problems require immediate response, while others can wait to be treated. It’s critical to learn the difference between these kinds of problems, particularly if the problem happens at night or over the weekend when most dental offices are closed.
Here are some signs that you may have an urgent dental emergency:
- Loose or knocked-out permanent tooth
- Non-stop bleeding
- Jaw injury
- Swelling with pain
Dental emergencies should be dealt with immediately. Call your Hoppers Crossing dentist immediately if you experience any of the abovementioned problems.
Time is of the essence in any emergency, and contacting us for advice and/or treatment is imperative!
Our experienced and skilled dentists and our friendly staff know how to respond to any dental emergency.
What to do?
- Rinse mouth with lukewarm water
- Take over-the-counter pain medication as recommended
- Apply cold compress outside the mouth, not directly to the tooth
Learn more about Broken Tooth
- If it is a permanent tooth, gently and slowly replace the tooth in its socket
- Bite down on gauze or a clean cloth to keep the tooth from moving
If the tooth cannot be replaced in the socket:
- Hold the tooth by its crown
- Rinse tooth with clean water
- Keep the tooth wet, in a container filled with milk, your own saliva, or water
Learn more about Knocked-out Tooth
Severe Dental Pain
- Avoid using the affected tooth when chewing
- Take an over-the-counter pain medication
- Rinse with lukewarm saltwater
Learn more about Dental Pain
Lost Restoration or Filling
- Do not try to repair a restoration on your own
- Do not use your damaged tooth while eating
- Keep your mouth clear from debris
- Apply a cold compress near the affected tooth
- Take over-the-counter pain relievers as recommended
Learn more about Lost Restoration or Filling
Injured Soft Tissue
- Gently rinse your mouth with saltwater
- Apply pressure to the area using a moist gauze or a tea bag
- Apply a cold compress on your cheek the area for bleeding
Learn more about Injured Soft Tissue
- Stay upright – don’t lie flat, even while sleeping
- Drink fluids. Dehydration can trigger complications.
- If you see blood on your floss or toothbrush, unless it is dramatic it is probably just gum disease: Just see your Hoppers Crossing dentist for immediate attention.
- If you’re bleeding after a procedure or due to trauma, keep your head lifted, particularly when sleeping.
Dental First Aid Kit
This is an often-overlooked tool you can prepare ahead of emergencies.
Here are some suggested contents for a dental first aid kit:
Cotton balls can protect oral tissues from damaged braces or dentures.
Tea bags can control bleeding and ease discomfort if you bite your tongue, lip, or cheek.
Orthodontic wax can cover the sharp points of wires or other orthodontic bands.
Toothache drops provide temporary relief from toothache pain when applied directly to the tooth.
A topical anaesthetic can give temporary relief for gum irritation, denture sores, cold sores, and other cuts.
Clean gauze or a piece of cloth can be used as compress in case of bleeding.
Emergency Dental Care at Sayers Dental Aesthetics & Implants
If you’re concerned about a dental emergency, call us immediately, and we will get you in to see the dentist as soon as possible.
We are located at 483 Sayers Road in Hoppers Crossing.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a dental emergency?
I have a broken or chipped tooth. What should I do?
Delicate areas of the tooth may now be exposed to bacteria. If left unprotected, this could quickly lead to new or increased decay and ultimately result in loss of tooth or root canal therapy.
How can I prepare for dental emergencies?
- Dentist’s phone numbers
- Saline solution
- Small container with lid
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