What is a dental emergency?

What is a dental emergency?

Accidents can happen anytime and anywhere. It is important to know the difference between saving and losing a tooth. If it occurs, what needs to be done?

What is a dental emergency?

Generally, not every situation is considered an emergency. Opinions can be divided on what constitutes a dental emergency.

Many people consider dental emergency if a tooth has physically detached from the jaw. Few may consider if there is a slight chip to the tooth or mild pain. If you experience any form of dental emergency then

Assess the situation and severity for an emergency dental treatment

  • Take a moment to assess how bad the dental problem is. Whether the tooth is chipped or a piece has physically broken off or it is bleeding a lot.
  • If there is severe damage to the tooth which leads to severe bleeding, pain as well as tooth loss, this all need emergency treatment.
  • Mild discomfort or the chipped tooth does not require emergency treatment.

Don’t panic

A trauma, injury or damage to the tooth can be painful but try to stay calm as much as possible. Working yourself or getting overly worried can lead to other complications.

Control bleeding and pain

  • If it bleeds a lot, firstly apply a piece of clean gauze, cloth or a handkerchief to the area and bite down to apply pressure. This will stem the bleeding.
  • If required take painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen to relieve from pain.

Call your dental practice what to do in an emergency

  • Call your dentist for information and get advice on what to do even if it out-of-hours.
  • Urgent dental treatment and emergency appointments are allowed usually within office hours.
  • If it is out-of-hours, there will be an answerphone message with instructions of the steps to take during an emergency situation.

Call directly 111

  • This is the best option in case of an emergency as accessible day and night.
  • Gives clear information if you are unable to get any information from your dentist.

Dental emergencies are different from medical emergencies where there is an immediate risk to life.