A dental emergency can be a very painful and frightening experience. Many people do not know when to seek an emergency dentist, they don’t know who to contact nor do they know what they can do at home in the event of a real dental emergency.
Is it really urgent?
Yes, there are real dental emergencies that simply must be dealt with; there are also dental problems that can wait for treatment. It is important for people to understand the difference. Typical examples of urgent dental emergencies include:
- A tooth that has been knocked out
- Excessive bleeding that cannot be stopped
- Painful toothache and swelling
There is no denying that dental emergencies of this nature cannot be put off. The majority of dentists have an emergency phone number that their patients can call when they have a dental emergency outside of normal clinic hours.
What can you do at home before you see the dentist?
Even though you may not yet know when to seek an emergency dentist there are some things that you can do to help alleviate the pain and discomfort. These actions may eliminate the need for emergency care. One of the most important things that you can do is to remain calm; under stress your system has a tendency to trigger certain responses that may make a bad situation worse than it really is. There are a few things that you can do that may ease the pain.
- Wash your mouth with warm water and salt
- If you have a tooth knocked out place it in a growth medium such as milk and get immediate dental care
- It may be that you have debris stuck between two teeth, try flossing
- A cold compress will reduce swelling and stop bleeding
The best way to prevent a dental emergency in the first place is to see your dentist regularly. By maintaining these appointments you are less likely to have reason to contact the Parramatta Dental Studio for emergency care.