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What do I do in a dental emergency?

Dental accidents do happen and knowing what to do when an accident occurs can mean the difference between saving or losing a tooth.

For dental emergencies it is important to visit your dentist in Parramatta as soon as possible. You often find that most dentists leave a free appointment time in their daily schedule for emergency cases. Call your dentist in Parramatta as soon as you can and give them as much detail about your condition as possible. If your dentist is closed, visit the emergency department of your local hospital.

Here are some of the most common dental emergencies and how to deal with them

A knocked-out tooth: if it is a permanent adult tooth keep the tooth moist at all times. If you can pop the tooth back into the socket without touching the root. If that’s not possible, place the tooth in milk, saline, or wrap it with cling wrap and get to your dental surgery as soon as possible.

A child has knocked out a tooth: if you have the tooth, keep it moist and get to your dentist in Parramatta as soon as you can. Your dentist will be able to tell if the entire tooth, or just part of it came out. They will be able to determine whether it should be implanted again or not.

A cracked tooth: for a cracked tooth rinse the mouth out with warm water to clean the area, put a cold compress on the face, this is to help keep the swelling down, and see your dentist as soon as possible.

A bitten tongue or lip: if you have bitten your tongue or lip, clean the area with some warm water and apply a cold compress. If there is excessive bleeding, the bleeding won’t stop, or you are in a lot of pain see your dentist or go to a hospital emergency room as soon as possible.

Toothache: rinse your mouth with warm salty water, use dental floss to remove any food caught between your teeth, if the pain persists, see your dentist.

I think my jaw is broken: to control the swelling apply a cold compress and go to your dentist or hospital emergency department immediately.

Something stuck between my teeth: try and gently remove it with dental floss, never try and remove it with a sharp or pointed instrument. If you can’t remove it see your dentist as it may end up causing pain, or an infection.

How to avoid a dental emergency:There are a number of things you can do to avoid accidents and injuries –

  • Wear a mouthguard when playing sports.
  • Always use scissors to cut things – not your teeth.
  • Avoid chewing popcorn kernels, hard candy, and ice, these hard substances can crack a tooth.

For emergencies or general enquiries on how we can help you avoid dental issues, call Parramatta Dental Avenue on 800 400 55 and our friendly team would be happy to help!

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