Dental emergencies can happen anytime, and knowing how to respond can make a significant difference in the outcome.
At Northcote Dental, we believe in equipping our patients with the necessary knowledge to handle such situations.
Here’s what to do in case of a dental emergency:
- Stay Calm: The first step in any emergency, including a dental one, is to remain calm. This allows you to think clearly and take appropriate actions promptly.
- Assess the Situation: Try to understand the nature of the dental emergency. Is it a knocked-out tooth, severe toothache, swollen jaw, or something else? Your response may differ based on the situation.
- Contact Your Dentist: Call your dentist immediately and explain the situation. At Northcote Dental, we accommodate dental emergencies as a priority. If it’s outside office hours, our voicemail will provide an emergency contact number.
- First Aid: While you wait to see your dentist, there are first aid steps you can take:
– For a knocked-out tooth, if it’s clean, try to reinsert it into the socket. If that’s not possible, store it in milk or a tooth preservation product.
– For a severe toothache, rinse your mouth with warm salt water and apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth. Avoid placing aspirin or any painkiller directly on the gums as it can burn the gum tissue.
- Follow Professional Advice: Once you’ve seen your dentist, make sure to follow their advice and prescribed treatment to ensure a swift recovery.
Dental emergencies can be scary, but with the right knowledge, you can handle them effectively. Remember, the team at Northcote Dental is always here to support you.