Dental emergencies happen, sometimes they are just something that cannot be helped as they can happen so suddenly while playing a sport while eating or even just falling over.
It’s important to seek dental help if you suffer from any form of emergency, ranging from severe pain, bleeding, swelling, toothache or losing a tooth.
Important questions to determine if it’s an immediate dental emergency:
- Is the pain severe?
- Have you lost a tooth?
- Are your teeth loose?
- Is the bleeding uncontrollable?
- Is your mouth infected?
- Is a tooth root exposed?
What’s considered a dental emergency?
There are a number of different types of dental emergencies and here we will cover what they are and how to react.
- Severe toothache – It’s important to rinse your mouth out with warm salty to help relieve some pain and take over-the-counter pain medication if required. It’s important to seek dental treatment as soon as possible.
- Knocked-out tooth – If you happen to have a tooth knocked out, it can be saved. However, you do require immediate dental attention. Getting to the dentist within the first hour should be your priority as time is critical. It’s important to remain calm and place the tooth in milk or water quickly to remove any dirt or bacteria and ensure the tooth doesn’t dry out.
- Cracks, fractures and chips – If any of these issues occur, seek dental treatment as soon as possible, especially if the nerve is exposed (visible by the colour pink). If the chip or fracture is only minimal and has associated pain, don’t panic, but please still seek dental care.
- Tooth abscess – Abscesses can be potentially life-threatening infections as the bacteria can spread around the body if left untreated. Abscesses can lead to side-effects such as fever, toothaches or sensitivity, and irritated lymph nodes.
If you suspect you may have a tooth abscess, please book an emergency appointment as soon as possible. It’s also important to rinse your mouth with warm saltwater multiple times prior to your appointment.
- Oral or facial swelling – If you suffer from any form of facial or oral swelling, you must seek immediate medical treatment from a dentist or doctor.
- Jaw pain – Jaw pain that is making it difficult and painful to open your mouth or eat should be seen by a dentist.
- Lacerations, soft tissue trauma, and bleeding – If you suffer any trauma inside the mouth causing uncontrollable bleeding, please seek immediate medical attention at the nearest emergency room. However, it’s important to follow-up with a dental appointment with your dentist to ensure good oral health.
Where do I go for emergency dental care?
If you suffer from a dental emergency, it’s important to visit your regular or a nearby emergency dental clinic. However, if you are bleeding heavily or suffer a facial injury, it’s important to visit the nearest emergency room.
How to help avoid dental emergencies
It’s important to take the steps that help to avoid dental emergencies; this includes maintaining good dental health and avoiding activities which increase your risk:
- Brushing your teeth twice a day, and flossing once per day
- Visiting the dentist regularly every six months
- Wearing a mouthguard while participating in sports or other activities
- Never use your teeth to tear or cut something
- Avoid biting down or chewing on hard food, such as candy or ice
Emergency dentistry at Access Dental Care in Perth
The experienced team at Access Dental Care can take care of your dental emergencies and get you out of pain fast.
If you visited the emergency room for a serious oral issue, please ensure you book a follow-up appointment with Access Dental Care.