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How To Manage Dental Emergencies 

How to handle dental emergency?

If you are in severe pain, discomfort or have experienced a dental injury that’s knocked out your teeth, chances are you’ve got a dental emergency on your hands. Your priority should be seeing a dentist as soon as possible. Here’s how to safely manage a dental emergency that has happened to you (or someone in your care).

What to do during Dental Emergency?

Breathe: Try to keep calm (as possible) 

It is not easy. When you’re dealing with intense pain or the shock of a dental injury the last thing you’ll want to do is be calm. But in an emergency situation, it’s important that you try your best to remain as calm as possible so that you can make the best decisions possible. 

If you are feeling panicked, here are some things you can do to feel calmer:

  • Take a few deep breaths 
  • A counted breathing exercise for a few minutes
  • Squeeze a stress ball (or a soft toy or pillow as back-up)
  • Take something for severe pain i.e clove oil or an over-the-counter painkiller

Once you’ve regained some sense of composure, or feel that you can think more clearly – you can move on to step two and work on handling your emergency. 

Examine: What’s the level of damage you can see and feel?

Now, take a look in the mirror to get a better idea of your condition and the level of visible damage affecting your teeth, mouth and the surrounding area. This way you can make a better judgement about how serious your condition is. 

It’s also important to monitor your condition and look out for any changes, especially if they happen quickly. Once you see an emergency dentist in Hervey Bay, they will want to know this information.

What to do during dental emergency

Examine: Are you experiencing any of these common dental emergencies?

Wondering if your situation is actually an emergency? 

It can be hard to tell for sure since there are a lot of different situations and conditions that are considered a dental emergency. 

Common emergency situations that require urgent dental care:

  • Severe toothache or dental pain
  • Broken dentures
  • Gum inflammation
  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Knocked out tooth
  • Dislodged crowns and fillings
  • Bleeding from the mouth that won’t stop
  • Serious infection (abscess) – can be life-threatening if left untreated

If you are still unsure – continue to step 3 and call an emergency dentist anyway. 

Over the phone, explain your situation to reception, they should be able to confirm the severity and advise if you need an emergency dental appointment. Never rely on self-diagnosis alone.

Contact:  Call an Emergency Dental Service 

Call a local dental clinic that provides emergency dental services. Make sure to mention that you are experiencing a dental emergency and if asked by reception, describe your condition as best you can. 

They will either book you in for an urgent appointment, tell you to come in ASAP or advise if your situation requires hospitalisation. They may give you some instructions on how to alleviate symptoms prior to seeing the urgent dentist.

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Prepare: Get ready for your appointment

Do what you can to alleviate your discomfort prior to your appointment. If you have been given care instructions over the phone, carry them out.

Some common ways to alleviate pain until you receive professional attention could include the following:

  • Severe Toothache or Dental Pain
    Rinse your mouth out with salt water. If possible, you can also take an over-the-counter medication to reduce some of the pain until you can visit the dentist.
  • Tooth loss
    If your permanent tooth is knocked out, it is essential that you find the tooth. If possible, do not touch the root – pick it up by the crown. Then, put the tooth in saline solution or milk until you see the dentist.
  • Tooth Displacement
    If your tooth has moved out of place / become loose, don’t attempt to move the tooth back into place yourself. This can cause a lot of pain, and make the displacement worse.
  • Chipped or Broken Teeth
    Assess the situation and rinse out your mouth with warm water. Use a cold compress on the affected area, and take an over-the-counter painkiller if you need to alleviate any pain. If possible, bring the tooth fragment in a wet piece of gauze or a towel to your emergency dental appointment.
  • Oral Infections
    Some emergencies aren’t seen – only felt. If you experience redness or oral swelling, difficulty eating, or a foul taste in your mouth, you may have an oral infection. Gum swelling (abscess) can lead to serious medical products if not addressed quickly.

Go: Get To The Dentist Safely

If you cannot drive yourself and the clinic is not within a close distance you can get to by transport or on foot, ask somebody for help. Do not take the risk. 

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Need An Emergency Dentist in Hervey Bay?

If you need an emergency dentist in Hervey Bay, don’t delay – contact Hervey Bay Dental to discuss your situation and book an emergency dental service

We are a centrally located emergency dental clinic in Hervey Bay that offers an after hour dental service for emergencies.