What to do in dental emergency cases?

Broken and chipped tooth emergency treatment:

If possible, try to remove the fractured piece to prevent choking and do not bite on anything hard. Call your dentist immediately. The treatment of a chipped tooth will depend on where your tooth has broken. If the core of blood vessels and nerves inside the tooth (pulp) is not damaged, your dentist can fill the chipped part with a tooth-coloured filling. In more severe cases where the pulp is damaged, the dentist will need to do root canal treatment and crown the tooth, or it may be extracted.

Teeth knocked out:

Surbiton emergency dentist advises you that time is critical in this situation! Therefore act quickly! Pick up the tooth by the top of the tooth (crown).Do not try to remove any of the tissue fragments that may be attached to the tooth and do not use wipes to clean the tooth as it may cause additional damage. If you can, insert the tooth back into its socket. If however this is not possible for you place the tooth in a glass of cold milk. If milk is not available, use a wet napkin or cup of water. See a dentist immediately. Sometimes, if the knocked out tooth is placed back in its socket soon enough by your dentist, the tooth can be saved.

Loose tooth emergency:

If you were hit by an object, call your dentist immediately. Depending on the severity of the blow, your dentist may be able to fix the tooth back in place and tighten it up or your dentist may bond the tooth to the uninjured teeth next to it for support until it heals. Surbiton emergency dentist explains that the tooth may turn dark and/or abscess after an accident. That may happen immediately, or it could be years later. If the tooth does eventually abscess, it will require extraction or root canal tretment and a crown.

Emergency treatment of tooth abscess:

If you are in severe pain and you think you may have a dental abscess, you should visit your dentist immediately. If you ignore an abscess for too long, it can ultimately mean that your tooth will need to be extracted. Sometimes, the infection that begins in your tooth can also spread, causing further complications. So early treatment is essential. The aim of the treatment is to cure the infection, save the tooth and prevent complications. A root canal treatment may be recommended in an attempt to save the tooth. In case of severe infection, the dentist might drain the abscess or the tooth may be removed. A serious abscess that affects the whole face and blood system may require the patient to be admitted to hospital. You dentist might prescribe antibiotics to fight the infection, and pain-relief medication for the toothache and fever. Warm salt-water rinses may be soothing.

Soft tissue damage emergency:

Surbiton emergency dentist suggests first cleaning the wounded area and then applying a cold compress to the area, to minimize bleeding and swelling in the area. Call a dentist immediately. The wound may require stitches to stop the bleeding, prevent infection and to help it properly heal.

Lost filling emergency dental treatment:

If you have lost your dental filling, as a temporary measure, simply place a piece of sugarless chewing gum that has been softened in the hole that contained the filling. This is because dental nerves when exposed to air can cause extreme pain. Consult an emergency dentist as quickly as possible to replace the filling.

Broken denture or bridge:

Save all the parts of your broken denture or bridge, and call your dentist. It could be repaired or it may need to be replaced as soon as possible. Temporary bridges, plates and dentures can keep you comfortable until the permanent one is repaired or replaced.

Emergency treatment of broken veneers:

Save all the parts of your broken veneer or crown and call your dentist. The broken veneer or crown can be cemented back on the tooth as a temporary measure, until a permanent veneer or crown is made.

Dental crown emergency treatment:

If the dental crown falls out, make an appointment with a dentist as soon as possible and take along the crown. If you can’t get to the dentist right away and the tooth is causing pain, use a cotton swab to apply a little clove oil to the sensitive area. If possible, slip the crown back over the tooth. Before doing so, coat the inner surface with an over-the-counter dental cement, toothpaste, or denture adhesive, to help hold the crown in place. Do not use superglue!

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