Coping with a dental emergency

Dental EmergencyIt’s a normal day like any other. It’s been a busy day at work and someone is handing around toffees. You have promised yourself you would avoid sugary stuff, but you’re tired and need a bit of a pick me up. You pop the toffee in your mouth and ‘crack’. It’s the final straw for your molar and you find yourself in instant agony. The work first aider can do nothing and all you can do is reach for the painkillers and quickly find the number of a local emergency dentist.

At this point you will be aware that you need emergency dental treatment, but it is important not to panic. By staying calm you are likely to be able to obtain emergency dental treatment more quickly and know what to do until you can reach an emergency dentist, such as the one available at Garden View in Buckinghamshire.

What do I do if my mouth is bleeding?

Bleeding gums from where a tooth has been knocked out completely or partially knocked out of position often appears worse than it is. Luckily, there are no major blood vessels in the gums and a small wad of cotton wool or clean material to hold against the bleeding gums is a simple form of emergency treatment that should stop the bleeding quickly.

Do I need to keep my knocked out tooth?

If you have sustained a trauma to your mouth that has resulted in a tooth being knocked out, then you certainly do need to see an emergency dentist as soon as possible. Delay can mean the difference between losing your tooth or saving it.

If you knock out a tooth, firstly try to find it. Then pick it up, but not by the root – if you touch the root, you can damage the cells that are needed to have it reattached. If you can put it back in the socket, do so. If you cannot, then put it in a container of milk to preserve it until you see a dentist.

When you do reach an emergency dentist, your discomfort or pain will be taken care or and any required repairs carried out. This will ultimately help preserve your dental health.