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Don’t Panic! Here’s What to Do When You Have a Dental Emergency

If you have a dental emergency, you may feel overwhelmed and unsure of what to do next. Don’t panic! This blog post will provide all the information you need to understand what is considered a dental emergency and what steps you should take to address it. We’ll discuss common dental emergencies and the cost of emergency dental services, so you’ll be well-prepared if an unexpected dental issue arises. Read on to learn more about dental emergencies and how to handle them.

What Qualifies as a Dental Emergency?

Toothache

Toothaches are one of the most common types of dental emergencies and can be extremely painful. They can be caused by a number of factors such as decay, infection, trauma, or even grinding your teeth at night. 

If you have a toothache, the first thing to do is to try to identify the cause of the pain.

  • Infection. If it’s due to infection, you may experience some swelling and/or redness in the area. 
  • Trauma. If the pain is due to a traumatic incident, you may also see swelling, bruising, and/or bleeding in the area. 

The dentist will be able to diagnose the cause of the pain and provide appropriate treatment. Treatment options may include filling a cavity, root canal therapy, or even extraction of the affected tooth if necessary.

Knocked-Out Tooth

If you have a knocked-out tooth, time is of the essence. Rinse the tooth with water but do not scrub it or handle the root. If possible, try to gently place the tooth back in its socket, holding it in place with your finger. If that isn’t an option, store the tooth in a container of milk and get to your dentist’s office as soon as possible. The quicker you can get to the dentist, the better your chances of re-implanting the tooth successfully. 

Broken Tooth

Dealing with a broken tooth can be a stressful experience, but it is important to take the right steps to ensure that your teeth remain healthy and strong. The first thing you should do is contact your dentist and make an appointment for emergency treatment.

When you arrive at your appointment, your dentist will assess the severity of the break and determine the best course of action.


Prevention

While dental emergencies can’t always be avoided, there are steps you can take to reduce the risk. 

    • Oral Hygiene. One of the best ways to prevent a dental emergency is to practice good oral hygiene. Be sure to brush your teeth twice daily and floss at least once a day. 
    • 6-Monthly Check-Ups. You should also visit your dentist on a regular basis for check-ups and professional cleanings, as this can help prevent minor issues from becoming bigger problems. 
    • Sports Mouthguards. It’s also important to wear a mouthguard when participating in contact sports or activities that could cause trauma to your teeth and gums.
    • Your Diet. Another way to prevent dental emergencies is to be careful with hard objects. This includes things like crunchy snacks, popcorn kernels, and even hard candy. Eating these foods can put you at risk of fracturing your teeth or breaking a filling. 
    • Teeth are not Tools. Additionally, it’s important to never use your teeth as tools to open packages or bottles, as this can easily lead to tooth fracture. 
  • Quit Bad Habits. Finally, be sure to avoid using substances such as chewing tobacco or smoking. Not only are these bad for your overall health, but they can also weaken your teeth, making them more prone to accidents and damage.

Book an appointment

If you have a dental emergency, contact Henry Street Dental Care today. We’ll be able to tell you over the phone whether it’s an emergency or something that can wait. From there, we’ll provide the next steps on what to do and book an appointment for you. When you arrive, our friendly staff will assess the situation and provide the best course of action for your needs. Depending on the severity, we may be able to provide treatment on the same day or refer you to another specialist for more complex cases. Call us now on (03) 9553 1675 to get help with your dental emergency.