A dental emergency can happen at any time. When it does, it’s important to know what to do. This depends on what the emergency is. For instance, it could involve the loss of a tooth or damage to the inside of your mouth.
The aim of this article is to take a look at some of the most common dental emergencies, so that you will be prepared if any of them should happen to you.
Teeth can become dislodged in many different circumstances, such as if you have a fall or are injured while playing sports. If one of your teeth is knocked out, completing the following steps could help you save the tooth:
A minor toothache may not be a serious problem. However, severe pain that does not go away is often a sign that there is a problem which needs to be dealt with urgently. If you have this type of toothache you should seek emergency help from your dentist.
A tooth abscess is a pocket of pus that forms by the root of the tooth. This pus can leak out into your mouth and produce a nasty taste. Aside from the taste, other signs of an abscess include throbbing pain, fever and swelling.
If the problem is not treated as an emergency, the infection can spread and cause more serious problems. If you think that you have a tooth abscess, seek emergency dental care as soon as possible. In the meantime, you can rinse your mouth with a mild salt water solution to help deal with the pain.
It’s possible to get food or other small objects stuck between your teeth. If this happens, try to gently remove the item using dental floss. Never use sharp objects to try and poke the object out, as this can cause damage to your mouth. If the object remains lodged, seek help from a dentist as soon as possible.
It’s not just your teeth that can be damaged in a dental emergency. You can also suffer an injury to the soft tissues of your mouth. If you damage your gums, lips or the inside of your cheek, there are actions you can take to stem the bleeding:
If the bleeding does not stop, you should see a dentist urgently, or visit the A&E department at your local hospital. If you live in St John’s Wood or in Maida Vale we are probably just a short walk away.
These are all dental emergencies that you could face. It’s important that you take the right action if any of these problems happen to you. Seek emergency dental help or, if an urgent appointment is not available, call 111 for medical advice.