What Can Be Considered as a Dental Emergency?
The following would be considered as dental emergencies:
- Severe dental infections which have spread to the rest of your face such as Ludwig’s Angina and Cavernous Sinus Thrombosis. In such cases, your face will be visibly swollen and if left untreated, this could be potentially life threatening.
- Fractured Jaw or locked jaw
- Dental Trauma (usually after a fall or accident)
If your tooth has been knocked out after blunt trauma/impact, you must carry out the following steps to save your teeth.
- Carefully pick up the tooth by the crown or the top
- Avoid touching the root
- Carefully rinse any debris the teeth without scrubbing
- If possible, reinsert the tooth back in the socket
- If you are unable to do that, put the tooth in a small container of milk and get to the dentist quickly to increase the chances of saving your tooth.
- Profuse, Uncontrolled Bleeding
- Severe pain which is unrelieved by analgesics/painkillers