Wellness Tips | 14 December, 2018

What to do in a Dental Emergency?

Dental emergencies can include toothaches, dental trauma (knocked-out or fractured teeth), facial swelling, or lost fillings. So what do you do if you suffer an oral injury this holiday period?

First things first - Find your nearest Maven Dental Practice that is available for emergency dental. 

What to do if you lose a tooth?

One of the most common dental injuries is a lost tooth. If a tooth is knocked out it's important to act quickly. Rinse the tooth with milk to wash off any dirt. To increase its survival time, either immerse the tooth in milk or place it back in your mouth. 

If your child has lost a baby tooth, do not place it back in the socket. Doing so can damage the new permanent tooth underneath.

What to do if you fracture, chip or break a tooth?

Regardless of how damaged the tooth is, you should seek medical advice immediately. 

Reposition the tooth using very light finger pressure, and hold in place with a moist tissue or gauze. Try to find any broken or chipped away pieces and rinse them with milk to remove any dirt. If you cannot find the piece of tooth, contact your dentist immediately. Depending on how damaged the tooth is your dentist may be able to repair it. 

Other Dental Emergencies

  • Toothaches - If you are suffering from a toothache, take some painkillers such as panadine or nurofen and seek care as soon as possible. Severe dental pain is often associated with an abscessed tooth which may need antibiotics as well. 
  • Facial Swelling - If you are experiencing swelling around your jaw-line or cheeks, you should seek medical advice immediately. Either contact your local dentist or visit the emergency department to get to the root of the swelling as soon as possible.
  • Lost Filling - A lost filling can leave sharp edges and lead to cuts on the tongue and cheeks if left untreated. If there is no pain, use bluetac or wax to smooth the edge over until you can visit your local dentist. If you are experiencing pain, contact your local dentist immediately.
  • Soft Tissue Injuries - This includes cuts, tears, and punctures to the tongue, cheeks or lips. Try to clean the wound straight away and visit your local dentist or emergency department as soon as possible. If bleeding persists, place pressure on the wound using gauze. 

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