Dental Tips | 01 March, 2020

What to do in a dental emergency?

Dental emergencies can happen at any time. They can occur from an accident, sporting injury or even something as simple as biting down on hard foods.

When a dental emergency occurs the most important thing to do is to not panic. Call your dentist immediately and book in for an emergency appointment. Your dentist will give you instructions of what you can do in the meantime, before you see your dentist.

There are a couple of things you can do while you wait for your appointment, these include:

  • Applying ice packs or a cold compress to limit swelling
  • Taking pain medication such as ibuprofen or panadol
  • Resting as much as possible until your appointment
  • Avoiding eating or chewing around the area of trauma

If your injury is serious and you can't see your dentist immediately, we recommend visiting your nearest hospital or A & E.

How to avoid a dental emergency? 

Fortunately there are a few ways to help prevent an accident or dental emergency:

  • Avoid chewing really hard food, such as hard lollies
  • Don't use your teeth as scissors to cut or open objects
  • Always wear a mouth guard when playing sport