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Learn which kind of dental injuries require immediate attention from your dentist.  

We all want to maintain a healthy smile, but the unfortunate reality is that accidents happen, often when we least expect them. Sometimes, accidents like hard knocks and falls can cause serious harm to the teeth and mouth, in which case it is important to seek immediate dental care in order to prevent permanent damage. Read on to find out what is classified as a dental emergency and what you should do if you find yourself in this kind of situation…

What are the most common dental injuries?  

Some of the most common dental injuries include cracked or broken teeth, as well as teeth that have been knocked out. These types of injuries often occur as the result of falls and hard knocks to the mouth, or any accident or sports injury that causes a considerable impact to the mouth. Teeth can also break and crack as the result of biting something particularly hard — some common culprits include hard candy and ice.

What is a dental emergency? 

If you experience a dental injury, the severity will largely determine whether or not you should see your dentist immediately. A dental emergency is essentially any dental problem that needs to be addressed as soon as possible in order to save the affected tooth; to alleviate severe pain; or to stop ongoing bleeding. If a large piece of your tooth or a whole tooth has been knocked out of your mouth, you should see your dentist straight away. Similarly, a severe crack should also be seen to immediately, as should a severe infection or abscess.

How should you handle a dental emergency?

If you have a knocked-out tooth, try to remain calm. If you can, you should retrieve the tooth and hold it by the crown, rather than the roots. If the tooth is dirty, you can rinse it with some water. Try to place the tooth back in your mouth without forcing it — if this is not possible, put the tooth in a container of milk. Get to your dentist’s office as quickly as you can — the sooner you receive treatment, the higher the chance that your tooth can be saved.

If your tooth has only partially dislodged, you should still see your dentist as soon as possible. Applying a cold compress to the outside of your mouth will help to alleviate any pain that you experience.

In the case of an abscess or infection, you are likely to feel severe pain. These issues should be treated as soon as possible as infections can spread to other parts of the body. If you notice a lost or loose dental filling or crown, you should contact your dentist as soon as you can. If you can’t get to the dentist immediately, try to keep the crown in a safe place in the meantime.

If you experience a soft tissue injury that causes bleeding of the tongue, gums, cheeks or lips, you should begin by rising your mouth with salt water. You can control bleeding and swelling by applying a cold compress on the outside of your mouth. If the bleeding does not stop, you should see your dentist or doctor as soon as possible.

How can we help?

At Oracare, we offer a comprehensive range of dental services, including emergency dentistry. If you have been in an accident or have suffered an injury to your mouth, our team can help you get out of pain as quickly as possible. Whether the problem is simple or complicated, we will do our best to respond to your dental emergency as efficiently as we can.

If you would like to find out more about what a dental emergency is and how we can help, please have a look here.

To see the full range of services that we offer at Oracare in Cleveland, please have a look here.

For more information about our services or to arrange a consultation with us, please don’t hesitate to give us a call on (07) 3286 6914 or get in touch with us here.