Do you know what a Dental emergency is and would you know what to do in an emergency?
Serious dental injuries and infections can happen at any time and to anyone. To avoid suffering serious pain or have ongoing complications, emergencies require immediate
attention. Whether you’ve knocked a tooth loose or you’re suffering from an infection that’s causing a lot of pain, there are certain steps you should take to ensure the situation is dealt with properly.
If you’ve lost a tooth or suffered an injury to your mouth, jaw or lips, the first thing to do is stay calm
and contact an emergency dentist as soon as you can. If the emergency occurs during normal business hours, visiting your own regular dentist is recommended. However, if the emergency happens after hours or on a weekend, you may have to find an emergency dentist in your local area. If one can’t be found and the problem is serious, you can visit the emergency department of your local hospital for urgent treatment.
In addition to contacting your local emergency dentist, there are certain things you can do that will make a big difference to your overall outcome and ensure a speedy recovery.
Knocked out tooth
- If the tooth has been dislodged from its socket, do not touch the root. If the tooth has been dirtied, clean it with saline solution, milk or clean water, but do not scrub or brush it. Place the clean tooth back into its socket and visit your emergency dentist as soon as possible.
- If the tooth has been moved out of position, use light pressure to push it back into place. You should then seek dental treatment immediately.
- If the tooth has become chipped or cracked, this can cause severe pain as well as infection. If a piece of tooth has broken off, place it in a glass of milk. If the tooth has cracked within the mouth, rinse with lukewarm water and cover the tooth with dental wax or sugarless gum until you can see an emergency dentist.
Mouth bleeding/pain in the mouth
- If you’re experiencing pain and bleeding from the mouth, gently clean the area and keep it cold. Seek treatment immediately if the bleeding doesn’t stop or if signs of infection develop.
Booking Now at Hocking Dental Care
If a dental emergency has arisen and you need to see an emergency dentist, Hocking Dental Care allocates appointment slots every day for emergency situations
. Call us immediately and let us know you are experiencing an emergency. We will make sure you are out of pain in your initial appointment, and then followed up with a suitable treatment plan to suit your needs. Alternatively, you can fill out our convenient online contact form
to make an appointment. You don’t have to suffer. We are here to help.