Dental Emergencies

It is important to be proactive when you come across a dental emergency to reduce the odds of losing the tooth. Swelling in the gum or jaw pain are also urgent matters that may progressively worsen, preventing one from functioning normally on a daily basis.

We understand that many things in life are unexpected and a dental emergency can happen to anyone at any time. That is why the team at Women in Dentistry is always here to support our patients.

You can always count on us to provide urgent dental services, treatment for pain relief, and also dental care advice over the phone.

What is a dental emergency?

Dental emergencies include a whole spectrum of cases, varying from high to minimal pain.

Situations requiring urgent attention may include:

  • Abscess
  • Facial Swelling
  • Broken tooth causing discomfort
  • Knocked-out teeth
  • An incident relating to the mouth or teeth
  • Bleeding in the mouth generally due to trauma
  • Pain including in teeth, mouth, jaw, gums
  • Medical Practitioner referral for urgent care

Some of these may require a visit to the dental hospital, however, most dental emergencies are usually resolved by relief of acute pain, emergency root canal therapy, a tooth removal, or prescription medication.

Why is it important to act quickly?

It is important to be proactive when you come across a dental emergency to reduce the odds of losing the tooth. Swelling in the gum or jaw pain are also urgent matters that may progressively worsen, preventing one from functioning normally on a daily basis.

You can always count on us to provide urgent dental services, treatment for pain relief, and also dental care advice over the phone.

Tips for emergency events

Fractured/Broken teeth/Lost Crowns or Veneers: These teeth have lost their support and may quickly weaken therefore require urgent attention. It is important to see us right away before these teeth weaken further and what could have been a small fix becomes a larger problem.
Loss of tooth: When a tooth is lost, it is important you stay calm and call us straight away. The tooth must be handled gently, by the crown and not the root. The tooth must be rinsed in saline (e.g. contact lens solution) or milk without scrubbing the tooth. Replace the tooth in the socket using light pressure. A tissue or a handkerchief may be used to hold it in place while you make your way to the dentist. If the tooth cannot be placed back in the socket, then it is to be placed in milk, saliva, or saline solution and not in tap water or left dry, while you make your way here.
An abscessed tooth: A dental abscess requires draining at the clinic and may also require an antibiotic script. It is important that this is addressed quickly as a dental abscess may spread and turn into a more complicated facial swelling or trouble swallowing. Dental abscesses may present in the form of a bad taste, bad odour, a swelling on the gum, or facial swelling. There may not be any pain or there may be spontaneous or continuous pain associated to the point where one is unable to sleep at night.

If you find yourself experiencing a dental emergency, never fear as Dr Mary, Dr Jo-Anne, Dr Janet, Dr Nimisha and Keira are here for you 😊