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How to Handle a Dental Emergency

Radiating jaw painA knocked-out tooth. Facial swelling. An abscess. A broken tooth that is now sore. These are types of dental emergencies that require quick action. It’s important to contact a dentist whenever an accident or injury involving the teeth or gum occurs. Erring on the side of caution is always advisable.

Until you can get in for emergency dental care, here are tips for addressing three common types of dental emergencies:

A Knocked-out Tooth

To increase your chances of preserving your tooth, you need to carefully handle the tooth, without touching the root. If the tooth is dirty, rinse it with water, then gently reposition it in the socket. If the tooth doesn’t fit properly, keep it moist by storing it in milk or your mouth next to your cheek. Then immediately bring the tooth to Nepean Dental so that Dr Nashi can attempt to re-implant it.

Injury to the Gums, Cheeks or Tongue

In such a situation, stopping the bleeding first is crucial. You can do so by applying light pressure to the injury using a cold compress. Then contact our practice for further assessment and to determine if the injury requires immediate attention.

A Broken or Chipped Tooth

Even if the tooth isn’t painful yet, we recommend contacting us straight away. That’s because the internal and delicate areas of the tooth may now be exposed to different types of bacteria in the mouth.

Call Veronica to book an appointment, and we may be able to offer advice over the phone.

Any invasive or surgical procedure may carry risks. Before moving forward, it is recommended that you seek a second opinion from an appropriately licensed medical professional.

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