As much as you can be careful when it comes to taking care of your teeth, accidents can happen. And since it is common for young people to experience dental emergencies, they can happen to anyone. Symptoms of a dental accident are not always obvious like a chipped or broken tooth. Sometimes, toothache or pain can mask a more serious dental issue that needs immediate attention.
Knowing what to do if you are experiencing pain or when you have an injury that causes a broken tooth is important for your dental health. So what do you do when you have a dental emergency?
What is a dental emergency?
According to NSW Health, symptoms of a dental emergency may include:
● Dental trauma or injury (due to a sports injury, fall, or car accident)
● Swelling of the face or neck
● Swelling in the mouth
● Bleeding from the mouth that will not stop
● Inability to open the mouth and/or swallow. In other cases, if you know your symptoms and can diagnose a dental emergency, here’s what to do.
Avulsed tooth– When tooth completely comes out of its socket, the Australian Dental Association recommends locating the tooth, treating it properly and avoiding touching the root. If it is dirty, gently clean the tooth with a cloth and put it back in the empty space or hold it in your mouth between your cheek and gum. This will ensure that the enzymes in your fluid will keep the avulsed tooth alive until you see your emergency dentist, ideally within 15-30 minutes.
If putting the tooth in your mouth is not an option, store it in a small container dipped in cold milk to keep it moist. It is important not to wrap the tooth in tissue or cloth as this will dry out the tooth. If you or someone you know has a broken tooth, it’s important to stay calm and take action right away. The sooner you visit your dentist, the more likely they will be able to reattach and save your tooth.
A chipped tooth Your tooth enamel may be one of the hardest tissues on your body, but that doesn’t mean it can’t chip. If you have a chipped tooth, rinse your mouth with warm water and put a piece of gauze in the area if there is a sign of blood. After the bleeding stops, apply a cold compress to the outside of your cheek or lip to reduce swelling and temporarily relieve the pain. It is important to see your dentist as soon as possible to reduce the pain caused by a chipped or broken tooth. If the crack is large, it can not only affect your nerves and teeth, but can also lead to infection or swelling if left untreated.
Abscessed tooth If you have fever related to the gums, persistent toothache and swelling in your face, you probably have a dental abscess – a collection of pus in the tooth or gum which, if left untreated can spread and cause some major complications.
How to avoid dental emergencies?
To help prevent dental emergencies, be active in your oral hygiene routine and visit your dentist regularly for checkups. During these visits, your dentist will check for any signs of cavities, infections, and gum disease to avoid serious risks to your dental health. If you play contact sports, it increases the risk of dental accidents and other injuries such as concussions and facial trauma. By protecting your teeth using the right sports guard, you can prevent many dental accidents.
At Prodental, we treat dental emergencies with utmost priority. Feel free to contact us on 9639 9555 if you ever face any dental emergency and our friendly staff will be able to assist you and guide you.