What to do in a dental emergency

It is important that you get any injury to your teeth or gums seen to as quickly as you can. Here at Northern Beaches Dental in Mackay we are ready to assist you in a dental emergency. If you are unsure what to do in a dental emergency, call our emergency dentist in Mackay first. Any dental emergency should be treated as serious, especially if you are in pain. Please do not ignore pain in your mouth as this can lead to further complications down the line and even permanent damage.

Emergency Dentist in MackayWhat kind of dental problems need an emergency dentist in Mackay?

There are many situations that classify as a dental emergency. If you are unsure whether your situation counts as an emergency, call us straight away and we can advise you. Here are a few examples of dental emergencies and what to do:

Severe toothache

If you have severe toothache, clean your mouth and make sure you don’t have any food stuck between your teeth in the area where you have pain. If you have swelling, use a cold compress on the outside of your cheek in the swollen area.

Chips and breaks

If you have the piece, or pieces of your broken tooth save them and bring them to your emergency dentist in Mackay as soon as possible. Apply a piece of gauze to your gum if there is bleeding surrounding the break. If you feel bruising, apply a cold pack to the outside of your face in the affected area.

Knocked out tooth

If you have had a tooth knocked out, first try to find it. If you do find it, keep it clean and don’t touch the root. Hold the tooth by the crown only. Next, if you can place the tooth back into the socket in your jaw. If this is too painful or you cannot manage it for some reason, then put the whole tooth in a cup of milk and get to your emergency dentist in Mackay. Never store the tooth in water as this will destroy the tissue and mean there is no chance of re-implanting your tooth. The best chances for re-implantation are within two hours.