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Common Dental Emergency problems
Like most emergencies in life, dental emergencies are not always planned and can happen when you are not prepared for it. There are many things that you can do during a dental emergency to prevent the problem from getting worst, while professional help is being organised.
It is not recommended that you only ignore or suppress the effects with painkillers, as it maybe masking an underlying problem that if left untreated can worsen and lead to more extensive and expensive treatments down the track.
Here are some common dental emergency examples and what measures you can take:
A cracked or chipped tooth can easily become infected and feel sharp to the tongue so its important to see a dentist straight away. If your tooth has chipped, try to hold on to the chip and keep it from drying out by placing it in a glass of milk. If you do not have the chipped piece of tooth, gently rinse your mouth with lukewarm water or saline solution and cover the broken tooth with sugarless gum or dental wax in the meantime until you can see a dentist.
Tooth knocked out or traumatised
If you have a tooth knocked out, avoid touching the root as this can cause irreparable damage. If the tooth is dirty, hold it by the crown and rinse gently with a saline solution or milk. If neither are available, gently rinse with clean water but don’t brush or scrub it. If possible, place the tooth back in the socket while seeking further treatment. If you can’t put it back in the socket, place it in a glass of milk and see your dentist immediately.
If your tooth has been partially knocked or moved out of position, you can attempt to put it back in place by applying slight pressure on it. Ensure to be very careful not to push too hard. Once it’s back in position it’s best to immediately seek emergency dental treatment/
Toothache or oral pain can be from a number of reasons. An abscess or infection in the mouth can be a result of an infected tooth, gum area or around an erupting wisdom tooth. It is recommended to ease the infection with warm salt water rinses and taking some form of pain relief. Book in to see your dentist as soon as possible to get the source of infection under control before it becomes severe and spread to the rest of the body.
Pain and discomfort after recent dental treatment
Pain and discomfort may arise after a recent filling has been placed or a recent surgery such as extractions or dental implant placements. It is recommended to call your dentist and book in to see them to discuss the symptoms and get the area reviewed again. It may be a simple thing as getting a high filling adjusted or advice about how to manage after a minor surgery to avoid complications and infections that can cause discomfort and pain.
Dislodged fillings or Crowns
If a crown or filling has been dislodged by accident, try to slip the crown back into the original position and secure it with toothpaste and immediately see a dentist. Do not attempt to reattach the broken or loosened restoration with glue or any over-the-counter adhesive product.
If you have lost a filling, temporarily fill the spot with sugarless gum and immediately contact a dentist.
Finally when dealing with a lost crown or filling. you should avoid hot/cold food and drinks. At the same time, you should try to avoid chewing your food on the side of your mouth with the dislodged filling or crown.