WHAT TO DO WHILE WAITING FOR URGENT DENTAL TREATMENT
The first thing to do while waiting for emergency dental treatment in the UK is to stay patient. The following steps can differ based on your oral needs. Although your usual dentist might be too busy to see you, our emergency dentist will do their utmost to support you the same day or the next. Keep reading to see what you can do while waiting for our emergency dentist to see you.
What to do while waiting to be checked for a toothache?
Some slight toothaches are triggered by the food stuck in between teeth. Before calling the emergency dentist, carefully floss and remove any stuck food debris that could cause discomfort and rinse with warm water.
If the toothache continues, contact the office as soon as possible to take up the pain relievers before you have made your appointment.
Don’t put powdered aspirin on your teeth as it burns gums and removes tooth enamel.
There are some numbing agents that you can use to help ease discomfort before you visit a dentist. However, numbing agents like benzocaine should not be used by babies or toothaches.
If you have a toothache all night, try to keep your head raised. Holding your head up will help relieve the discomfort when you’re sleeping, which can make it less painful when you’re awake.
What to do if you have knocked a tooth off
Your best opportunity for replanting your tooth is within 30 minutes of the accident.
The emergency dentist reacts instantly to emergency situations, giving you the best option to save your tooth. If you happen to lose your tooth, here’s a step-by-step emergency guide:
- Pick up the tooth by the crown (chewing surface) and not the root. Touching the root will destroy the cells that are required for reattachment.
- Gently clean the tooth.
- When necessary, put the tooth back in the joint softly. Otherwise, place the tooth in between the gum and the cheek, or cover the tooth in clean gauze and soak it in milk.
What to do when you have a loose tooth as an adult
If your tooth is loose, but it is not out yet, there might still be time, as well as the possibility to save it. Here’s a list of things that you can do:
- Contact the ASAP emergency dentist.
- Softly apply a cold compress to the cheek to ease discomfort briefly. (Avoid the use of major pressure!)
- If required, take an over-the-counter pain reliever.
- Avoid rough or sticky food.
If your tooth is loose, you don’t want to tear it out by applying unnecessary pressure to it. Remember not to move your tongue around, either because it might hurt the nerves or tear it free.
What to do when you have cracked, chipped, or a broken tooth
Whether it was a mistake or whether you bit into something so hard and cracked your teeth, resulting in missing teeth, it’s a big concern. If you happen to break a tooth, here’s what you’re going to do:
- Contact the ASAP emergency dentist.
- Rinse your teeth with hot water.
- Softy apply a cool compress to ease discomfort temporarily (try not to apply pressure!).
- Taking over-the-counter drugs as appropriate.
Don’t put powdered aspirin on the teeth, as it burns the gums and ruins the tooth enamel.
How to prevent dental emergencies?
The easiest way to prevent emergency dental treatment is to know what raises the risk of infection and injuries and take the appropriate safety measures in advance.
Activities that include dangers, such as skateboarding, surfing, rollerblading, hiking, and other similar activities can also be done cautiously. We suggest using a mouth guard to help shield the teeth from collision or impact.
A custom mouthguard is a reusable oral appliance that you use to shield your teeth and gums from blunt force trauma. For e.g., the next time you’re on the field, a soccer mouth guard will help avoid a broken tooth.
It’s suggested that you stop eating hard food, but we’re not going to tell you never to taste popcorn again. It is just important to stay aware of all the potential problems that you can face. Food items like unpopped kernels, hard candies, frost, and other solids will break your teeth.
If the teeth are either weakened or decayed, hard eating places them at a much higher risk of cracking. So, eat it with care. Never bite into something with full intensity, as there may be something rough in it, like an almond!
These were some useful tips that can help you take care of yourself while waiting for dental treatment.