Tooth pain and dental injuries must be professionally treated as soon as possible. This includes cracked or chipped teeth, and broken braces, retainers, fillings and crowns.
Neglecting dental pain, injuries and issues will only result in more severe pain, more expensive dental procedures, and more serious implications such as cavities, tooth decay, weakness, and even permanent damage.
That’s why it’s important for you to rely on a trusted, local dentist to fit in all dental emergencies. Contact our highly trained dentists here.
While waiting to receive professional treatment, here are our expert emergency dental tips:
For immediate soreness and headache relief, take over-the-counter painkillers, such as Ibuprofen (Nurofen), or Paracetamol (Panadol). Using a cold compress on the outside of your cheek may also help.
If your dental crown has fallen out, but you still have it, gently rinse it and keep it safe in a zip lock bag to bring back to the dentist.
Even if you don’t feel immediate pain, contact your dentist within a day to fix this emergency. Damaged and broken teeth or teeth with cavities are much weaker than healthy teeth, and will worsen the longer you wait.
If you have chipped or broken a tooth, rinse your mouth out with warm, salty water to kill any germs. Be careful not to swallow any broken remaining parts of your tooth. If you’re experiencing pain or swelling, apply a frozen ice pack on the affected area.
If you still have the tooth, you have high chances of saving it if you act immediately. Hold it by the crown and rinse away dirt from the root. Next, place it in a small cup of milk or your own saliva. This encourages cell growth and minimises the risk of the tooth drying out, which lessens your chance of needing a dental crown. Contact your dentist for a same-day emergency appointment – the sooner your dentist reinserts the tooth, the better chance you have to save it.
Symptoms of a broken jaw include swelling, pain, gum bleeding, numbness in the lower lip, or bruises on your chin. To control swelling, apply an ice pack to the affected area. Take pain killers to relieve soreness, but avoid aspirin, which can make bleeding worse. Seek professional emergency relief immediately.