Here are the most common reasons for dental emergencies with tips on how to care for your injury before you get to the dentist:
If you find yourself experiencing a dental emergency call us immediately at (03) 9842 2677. We always have a dentist on duty waiting for your call and can fit our patients on the same day for dental emergencies.
Before calling us to make sure you have a real dental emergency and not a medical emergency. You can do this by asking yourself the following questions:
- Are you bleeding from the mouth?
- Are you in severe pain?
- Have you been hit in the face or the mouth?
- Do you have any swelling in the mouth or facial area?
- Do you have any bulges, swelling or knots on your gums?
The most important reason for seeing a dentist for a dental emergency is to save your tooth. If you are experiencing any of the above it is likely that you have a dental emergency and should call your dentist immediately. If this is not the case then it is possible you have a medical emergency and should visit your doctor or emergency room immediately.
A knocked-out tooth
- if you have a knocked-out tooth you will want to pick it up without touching the root, if that is possible. Keep the tooth moist at all times. If you can, try to replace the tooth back in the socket. If you don’t have a way to keep the tooth moist keep it between your cheek and gums, in milk, or in a tooth preservation kit.
A loose tooth or a tooth out of alignment
- if your tooth is loose or out of alignment you can put it back into place using light pressure and your finger, do not try to force it back into its original position. You can also bite down on the tooth to keep it from moving until you are able to see your dentist.
A cracked, chipped, or fractured tooth
- if your tooth is chipped and you are not experiencing pain then it’s typically not considered a dental emergency. It is important to keep in mind not to chip the tooth further while eating or engaged in other activities of the mouth. If your tooth is cracked or fractured this is a dental emergency and you should see a dentist immediately. If you are experiencing a cracked or fractured tooth rinse out your mouth with warm water, to clean it. If your crack or fracture was due to an injury and you’re experiencing swelling use a cold compress. You can take some pain killers to the pain, however, do not use local painkillers on the site of the injury such as Orajel or other types of local painkillers, as this can burn gums.
- Rinse out your mouth with water, to clean it. Use dental floss to clean any food caught between the teeth and do not use aspirin on the tooth or gums.
To prevent injuries to the mouth while participating in sports or recreational activities using a mouth guard. Also avoid chewing ice, popcorn kernels, hard candy, or any hard food or substances that can crack your teeth. However, if something does happen, you can rely on the great team here at Sapphire Dentistry to give you the best advice and dental care to ensure that you can recover as quickly and comfortably as possible. Call our friendly team on (03) 9842 2677 and we can get you booked in the same day for dental emergencies.