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What should I do in a dental emergency?


Persistent toothache is always a sign that you should see an emergency dentist as soon as possible.

  • Try to rinse the mouth with water and trying to clean out debris from any obvious cavities. Use dental floss to remove any food that might be trapped.
  • If swelling is present, place a COLD pack on the outside of the cheek.
  • Take pain relief if necessary, making sure you are not allergic.
  • Remember, pain relief tablets should be ingested rather than placed directly on the tooth (e.g. aspirin which may in turn burn the cheek if placed on tooth).

Broken tooth:

  • Try to clean any debris out with warm water.
  • If caused by a blow, place a cold pack on the face next to the injured tooth to minimize swelling.
  • Try to find all the bits that are missing and bring them to the dentist, keeping them moist. Some broken bits can be bonded back onto the teeth almost invisibly. Go to the dentist as soon as practicable.

Loose wire from braces or retainers:

  • If a wire is causing irritation, cover the end of the wire with a small cotton ball or soft wax.
  • If a wire is embedded in the cheek, tongue or gum tissue, DO NOT attempt to remove it: Let the emergency dentist do it.

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