What should you do when you have a dental emergency?

It’s not always easy to decide what to do straight after an emergency but the first thing you should think about is trying to remain calm; this can make a huge difference to the way you approach the treatment and ultimately improve your chances of a successful recovery. It is a good idea to have a plan so that you know what to do in the event of an emergency but that is not always possible or practical; let’s take a look at some of the things you can do to contribute to a positive outcome;

Stay calm! – Although this is often easier said than done, it can really make a difference if you are able to look at the situation with some degree of objectivity, that way you can clear your head and make a suitable decision about the type of treatment you need. If you feel panicked or you are not sure about how serious your problem is, you could consult with a friend or family member to get a better idea of what the right decision might be. For more advice, visit this website.

Contact the emergency dentistAgain, it is not always necessary to get in contact with a particular clinic first because many surgeries will provide a walk-in service so that all you have to do is show up at the clinic. However, some patients prefer to plan ahead to some extent by calling in first and letting the team know their situation and that they are on their way; this may not always be possible but it can also save time if there are no appointments available until the following morning. The vast majority of clinics will be able to provide treatment within twenty-four hours of initial notification, but there is no accounting for demand and a sudden influx of patients might make this difficult.

Hold on to any broken fragmentsIf you have damaged your teeth, or worse, knocked one or more of them out, you will probably already be aware that this is a dental emergency; however, some people might advise you to throw away any broken fragments because they are useless – this is not true. With the right timing and equipment, a dentist can attempt repair to damaged teeth and this is made much easier with the rights sections of tooth; you should store loose fragments in a cup of milk while you make your way to the clinic because this will keep them alive until the dentist can attempt repair. In particular, you need to hold onto whole teeth that are still in one piece because they can be cemented back into the socket and may reattach naturally if treatment is sought in time.

See: 10 Tips to Look After Your Teeth.