Dental emergencies can be serious and can quickly deteriorate. It’s better to be seen sooner rather than later.
These can happen due to a variety of reasons, including loss of dental fillings, dental infection and dental caries. If you are having difficulty managing the pain or are finding that toothache is keeping you awake, you need to see an emergency dentist.
Keep hold of any bits that you can, they may be useful! Try to keep the remaining tooth clean and clear of any food.
Ideally you need to be seen within an hour, but we know this isn’t always possible. The important thing is to avoid any further damage to the tooth. It should not be scrubbed! Keep it in a moist medium like milk or contact lens solution. If you can keep it in your cheek if milk is not available-the aim is to stop it from drying out.
You need to be seen quickly. Often you will have difficulty or pain on closing your mouth. It should be possible to manipulate and splint the tooth back into the correct position, but the sooner you do this the lower the risk of future complications.
As a temporary measure you may be able to place an over the counter temporary dental filling. Many pharmacies stock these. Keep the cavity clean in the meantime-rinsing with some corsodyl or clean water will help.
Abscesses are infections that occur around the root of a tooth or in the space between the teeth and gums. Dental abscesses are a serious condition that can damage tissue and surrounding teeth, with the infection possibly spreading to other parts of the body if left untreated. See your dentist as soon as possible. If you are experiencing difficulties in breathing you may need to go to A/E
Injuries to the soft tissues, which include the tongue, cheeks, gums, and lips, can result in bleeding. To control the bleeding, here's what to do:
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