When is it a Dental Emergency?

by | Feb 1, 2020 | Dental Emergency

When you’re facing a dental problem, your dentist should be the first one you call.

But what if you encounter an emergency on a holiday, weekend, or in the middle of the night?

If you’re dealing with a serious dental problem outside regular office hours, you will likely need to see an emergency dentist or the emergency room.

Still, not every dental situation is an emergency. To help you determine if you can wait to be seen by your dentist or if you need to take a trip to an emergency dentist or the ER, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Are you in severe pain?
  • Have you lost a tooth?
  • Do you have loose teeth?
  • Do you have an infection?
  • Are you bleeding from the mouth?

If your answer is YES to any of these questions, you may be experiencing a dental emergency. Call your Miranda dentist immediately and let us know your situation.

Types of Dental Emergencies

There are several types of dental emergencies, and you’ll want to know what to do in case of one.

Here are some of the most common dental emergencies and what you can do:

Toothaches

  • Use lukewarm saltwater to rinse your mouth
  • Press a cold compress or ice pack against the outside of your cheek or mouth
  • Take some ibuprofen or acetaminophen for pain relief
  • Go to your dentist immediately

Cracked tooth

  • Use lukewarm saltwater to rinse your mouth
  • Press a cold compress or ice pack against the outside of your cheek or mouth to bring down any swelling
  • Go to your dentist immediately

Broken teeth

  • Collect any pieces of the broken tooth
  • Rinse your mouth well
  • Apply gauze to any bleeding area
  • Press a cold compress or ice pack against the outside of your cheek or mouth to bring down any swelling
  • Go to your dentist immediately

Loss of permanent tooth

  • Rinse the knocked-out tooth with water. DO NOT scrub it
  • Try to plant the tooth back in place and bite together carefully.
  • If you can’t put your tooth back, place it inside your cheeks, next to your tongue or in a container with milk
  • Call your dentist right away

Bleeding from your mouth

  • Keep your head elevated and above your heart
  • Call your dentist right away

Oral disease

Consult with your Miranda dentist immediately. Untreated oral diseases can be a sign of other health concerns like heart disease, respiratory illness in older adults, stroke, diabetes, low birth weight in babies, and preterm birth in babies.

Partially dislodged or extruded tooth

  • Use a cold compress to relieve pain while waiting to see your dentist
  • Take some ibuprofen or acetaminophen for pain relief

Objects stuck between your teeth

  • Remove the gently using dental floss
  • If you can’t, go to your dentist to have the object removed.
  • DO NOT use any sharp and pointed things to poke the object as this can scratch or damage your teeth and cut your gums.

Injured gums, tongue or lips

  • Use cold pressure like a bag of ice, a cold compress or a frozen veggie bag to relieve the swelling and pain
  • Go to your dentist immediately

Mouth injury

  • Call your dentist right away as this type of injury requires immediate dental attention
  • Keep your face as still as possible while waiting to see your dentist

Abscess

  • See your Miranda dentist right away if you notice a pimple-like and painful swelling on your gums
  • While waiting to see the dentist, rinse your mouth several times using lukewarm saltwater

Soft tissue injuries (cheeks, tongue, lips, gums)

  • Use lukewarm saltwater to rinse your mouth
  • Use a teabag or wet gauze to apply pressure on the bleeding area and hold it in place until the bleeding stops
  • Press a cold compress or ice pack against the outside of your cheek or mouth
  • See your dentist immediately if you can’t get the bleeding to stop.

Lost filling

  • Place a piece of sugar-free gum temporarily into the cavity
  • Call your dentist right away

Lost crown

  • Schedule an appointment with the dentist right away
  • Bring your crown to your appointment
  • Apply some clove oil on a cotton swab to the sensitive area while waiting to see your dentist

Loose bands and brackets

  • Reattach loose braces temporarily with some orthodontic wax, or
  • Place wax over your braces to create a cushion
  • Schedule an appointment with your dentist

Broken wires and braces Miranda

  • Gently push the wire back into a more comfortable position using a pencil’s eraser end
  • DO NOT cut the wire since you could swallow it or breathe it into your lungs

What you can do to prepare

Pack an emergency dental-care kit, including:

  • Your dentist’s phone numbers (home and office)
  • Handkerchief
  • Gauze
  • Small container with lid
  • Ibuprofen (Not aspirin. Aspirin is an anticoagulant, which may cause excessive bleeding in a dental emergency.)

We will see you on the same day. Such situations must be dealt with by the dentist immediately!

Excellent Dental Health in Miranda

We understand that emergencies occur from time to time and that seeing a dentist immediately can make a big difference between saving or losing a tooth.

Our dentists have the skills and training in the management of dental emergencies and dental trauma. Our clinic is also fully fitted with state-of-the-art technology that enables us to respond quickly to dental emergencies and conduct last-minute surgeries when necessary.

Always keep your dentist’s phone number handy; you never know when an emergency may occur.

We have flexible hours during the week and also open every Saturday. We will also do our best to see you on the same day if you have an emergency.

We’re looking forward to having you at VIP Dental Clinic Miranda.

Emergency Dentist in Miranda

For Same Day Dental Emergency Appointment, call us on (02) 9531 1312 or book your appointment online.

We are located at 11/468-472 Kingsway in Miranda.

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