What if I have a dental emergency?

Enjoying your weekend? On holiday with the family? The last thing you want is a dental emergency. However, you never know when accidents might occur so for peace of mind make sure to have Skye Dental’s number close by. We can help you get back to the things you love to do! 

What should I do if I have a dental emergency?

There is never a good time to have a dental emergency. Knowing what to do can help reduce discomfort, lower the risk of complications, and help you make a full recovery. Here is what to do if you find yourself dealing with one of these common dental emergencies. 

Toothache

Toothache pain has a variety of causes. Always call or book an appointment if the source of the ache is not known. The dentist will help determine the cause of the pain and develop a treatment plan for you. Regular check-ups will also help determine areas of decay and potential future issues, however, these can develop rapidly and become problematic.  

Knocked out tooth

First, check if the tooth is still intact; there is a chance that the tooth can be reattached if you can get to the dentist within the hour. If the tooth is intact, hold the tooth by the crown (not the roots) and gently rinse with water without scrubbing. Then, if possible, reinsert the tooth in the socket. Call Skye Dental or your local dentist immediately. The dentist may be able to reintegrate the tooth. If this is not possible, the dentist may recommend replacing the tooth with an implant, a bridge, or a denture. 

If the tooth is not intact or you cannot see a dentist right away, rinse your mouth with warm water, apply a cold compress and make an appointment as soon as possible to see your dentist. You can take over the counter painkillers if you are in pain. 

Cracked or Chipped Tooth

There are plenty of ways a tooth can be chipped or cracked, but no matter the method you can’t fix a cracked or chipped tooth by yourself. 

The first thing to do is rinse your mouth gently with warm water to remove any debris. If your face or jaw has received a force that caused the cracked or broken tooth, apply a cold compress to the area to help reduce pain and swelling. 

Lost Crown or Filling

If your crown or veneer has come off, bring it with you to the appointment with your dentist, they may be able to reattach it for you if it is still intact. If you have lost all or part of a filling, the dentist will need to rebuild the area for you. Make an appointment with your dentist as soon as available. 

Cut lip, tongue, cheek and other tissues

Dental emergencies aren’t just about teeth, they include the soft tissues of your mouth as well. If you have cut or injured your lip, tongue, or cheek apply pressure until the bleeding stops, take pain medication if you are experiencing pain, and use ice or a cold compress to decrease swelling until you can see a dentist or a doctor. 

If you are experiencing a dental emergency, do not hesitate to call Skye Dental on 3823 1896, one of our experienced dentists will be able to help you get back to doing what you love to do!

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