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Tips to Manage Dental Emergencies

  September 11, 2015

How to Deal with the Most Common Teeth Emergencies

Taking the form of an injury to your teeth or gums, a dental emergency is a potentially serious problem that shouldn’t be ignored. Immediately addressing a dental emergency can save you further expense and treatment, as well as protect your oral health. If you’re looking for an emergency dentist in Watford, get in touch with Market Street Dental Practice right away. Our friendly and experienced emergency dentist in North London can put you at ease and restore your dental health.

Practicing healthy dental habits is certainly the best way to stave off emergencies, but it’s also important to be prepared for when an unfortunate dental situation strikes.

How to deal with common dental emergencies:

  • Broken or chipped tooth

Collect as many pieces of the broken or chipped tooth as you can. Rinse your mouth will warm water, along with the saved pieces. Apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth near the broken/chipped tooth to minimise pain and swelling. Keep the area clean and call your dentist immediately. If you decide to take anti-inflammatory medication to ease the pain, avoid aspirin as it thins the blood and may cause difficulty in the case of surgery.


  • Jaw injury

Apply ice to the injured area and immediately visit either your dentist or nearest emergency room, depending on the seriousness of your injury.


  • Toothache

Rinse your mouth with warm water and gently floss around the sore tooth to make sure there’s no irritating debris stuck in between your teeth. See you dentist as soon as possible for treatment.


  • Knocked-out tooth

Save the tooth and gently rinse with warm water - be careful not to scrub away any remaining tissue. Try to reposition the tooth back into place. If there’s too much bleeding and swelling, simply place the tooth in a cup of water with a pinch of salt. See your dentist immediately for permanent reimplantation.


  • Lost crown or filling

Visit your dentist as soon as possible. In the meantime, you can minimise the chance of dental decay by applying an over-the-counter dental cement to reattach the crown or filling.


  • Pericoronitis

Pericoronitis is a painful infection borne from an irritated flap of gum that gets stuck covering an erupted molar. Symptoms of pericoronitis include swollen gums, a bad taste or smell in your mouth, and trouble fully opening your mouth. If you experience these symptoms, you should call your dentist immediately.


  • Damaged braces

If a wire is poking out of your braces and is uncomfortably prodding your teeth or gums, you can try moving it to a better position with a pencil eraser. Severely damaged braces warrant an immediate appointment with your dentist. Otherwise, you may be advised to wait for your next appointment.

Remember useful items on hand to prior to visiting your friendly emergency dentist in Hertfordshire:


  • Floss - to dislodge debris
  • Small container - to keep broken pieces of teeth
  • Over-the-counter dental cement - to temporarily reposition a crown or filling
  • Ice pack and gauze - to minimise pain and swelling

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