If you have had a tooth knocked out because of an accident and it has come cleanly out of the socket there may be a chance that the tooth can be saved. First, only hold the tooth by the crown, keeping your fingers away from the root. Gently wash the tooth under the tap, leaving any attached tissue alone. You can then attempt to place the tooth back into the empty socket. If this is unsuccessful place the tooth into a container of milk to take with you to the doctor right away. You can also place the tooth in your cheek if you can’t fit it back into the socket and you have no milk to hand.
If a tooth or teeth have been broken you may not be able to restore the natural tooth, but you can prevent further damage from occurring. First rinse your mouth with warm water and then apply a cold compress if your cheeks and mouth have started to swell. You should then go to your dentist or local emergency room as soon as possible.
Infection is often the cause of toothache, which can be prevented with good oral hygiene. Brushing the teeth every day, flossing the plaque and debris from between the teeth and rinsing the mouth out with mouthwash are the three steps to excellent oral health. However, if even after you have improved your dental health routine you see no change to the pain or it has gotten worse, book an emergency appointment immediately, to prevent the infection from spreading further. Your dentist can then provide the right treatment such as a deep clean, root canal treatment, or filling to stop further conditions developing.
Painkillers can sometimes lessen the pain of sore teeth and gums, but you should not let them rest on your gums because it can cause the gum tissue to burn. Do not rely on painkillers if you have dental pain, as they allow more time for the infection to spread.
Bitten tongue and lips
If you have bitten your lips or tongue so hard that you cannot stem the bleeding sufficiently and you are in great pain, visit your local emergency room as soon as possible, as you may require stitches. Rinse your mouth out with warm water and use a cold compress to calm the swelling.
You suspect your jaw is broken
Apply a cold cloth, or preferably a frozen element wrapped around a tea towel to the area to ease the swelling. Remember, an injury or accident involving your jaw may mean you need to attend your local hospital.
If you have suffered a dental emergency, please get in contact with us right away so we can provide you with the necessary care or advice.