09 Sep

How to Handle a Dental Emergency

Emergencies happen. For that reason, we at Baker Street Dental in London keep several ‘emergency’ dental appointments free every day. Here is how we can help you, and how you can help yourself, in a variety of emergency dental scenarios.

What if my tooth gets knocked out?

Firstly, try (if possible) not to lose the tooth as it is possible to re-insert it after it has been knocked out. No worries if you do lose a tooth though, we offer a variety of replacements. If you do still have the tooth, wash it carefully and attempt to re-insert it. If it won’t fit back in place, either put in a bowl with some milk or gently put the tooth in your mouth against your cheek. The faster you are at getting to the dentist, the more likely you are to save the tooth!

What if I fracture my tooth?

If your tooth is broken or fractured, please take advantage of our emergency appointments and call right away! Cleaning your mouth with warm water is useful. You can also use a cold compress to help with swelling.

What if I bite my lip or tongue badly?

Don’t trivialise this – you might need stitches! If you are losing blood, visiting your nearest emergency room is more than advisable.

What if I think my jaw is broken?

Apply a cold compress to your jaw to help relieve swelling. If your jaw hurts following an accident, we suggest visiting your local hospital for a check-up.

My tooth REALLY hurts!

Toothaches can happen for lots of reasons, but their most common cause is tooth infection. If your toothache is worsening, you can try to stave off further developments by rinsing the mouth with warm water and flossing to remove trapped bits of food. Specialised mouthwashes can also help fight excess bacteria.
DO NOT rest pain killers on your gums or teeth, as you risk burning your gums.  If the pain persists, contact us to receive treatment.