Dental Emergency

Accidents can happen at any time and for this reason, we have dental emergency appointments available during opening hours.  Where possible, we will endeavour to see you on the same day.

Common accidents:

A tooth is knocked out (Avulsion)

 If this happens, call us immediately.  Hold the tooth by the crown not the root as this can damage the cells needed for bone re-attachment. Do not brush or scrub the tooth.If possible, re-implant the tooth and stabilise it by biting down gently on a towel or handkerchief. If that is not possible then place it in milk or in your mouth under your tongue to keep it moist (only if the injured person is conscious). It is important that it does not dry out. The tooth survival starts to diminish if it is not re-implanted within 30 minutes.

Tooth pushed out of position (Luxation)

Gently use your finger to try to push the tooth back to its normal position and bite down to keep it in place. The Dentist may splint the tooth in place using the two healthy teeth on either side of the loose tooth.

Tooth fracture

Rinse your mouth with warm water and use a cold compress to reduce swelling.  Minor fractures can be smoothed by your dentist or restorative procedures can be used to fix the tooth depending on the extent of damage.

Injury to the tissues in the mouth

Clean any wounds with warm water and go to hospital emergency room if needed.  Injuries may include tears, puncture wounds and cuts to the cheek, lips or tongue.  Bleeding from the tongue can be eased by pulling the tongue forward and placing pressure on the cut using clean gauze.

We are here to help you if you have any questions.

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