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A dental emergency may crop up any time in the most unexpected circumstance. It can be serious enough to be a genuine cause of worry. Any circumstance can be a serious injury along with uncontrolled and severe bleeding. It can even look like something that is not serious at all. So, it is easy for others to assume you are overreacting. A dental emergency when left untreated and unattended can be unbelievably painful. So, if you think that something has gone wrong related to your mouth or oral health, you must book an appointment and see your dentist immediately. It always for any dental condition to get diagnosed and treated that left unattended to turn worse.

However, there are situations when going to a dentist is easier said than done. There are incidents of emergency dental conditions that show up at the most inconvenient times. It could be the dead of night, a bank holiday or at a remote location where a dentist is miles away. In these cases or circumstances there are certain things that you can try before getting to see your dentist to ease the pain and discomfort at least for the time being.

Whether you have a tooth knocked out from its socket in your jaw, a dislodged crown or a chip or crack in the tooth because of eating a wrong food there is always something for you to try out on your own to get temporary relief from pain and discomfort. However the most crucial thing to remember in these conditions is you should not panic. Once you mistakenly press on the panic button then everything goes haywire and to bring everything back to control becomes a serious uphill task, explains a trained professional who provides emergency dental care in London.

Here are the emergency dental care tips for you:

Read each tip carefully so that implementing it becomes easier in real world situations.

When there is profuse bleeding from the mouth

If there is a wound in the mouth that bleeds then first rinse the mouth well with lukewarm water. Then take a clean piece of cloth or gauze and place it on the site of bleeding. Apply pressure on the area to minimise the flow of blood. You may even apply cold compress to the wound from outside the mouth like the cheek or the chin. A cold compress constricts the blood vessels to slow down blood flow to the area. As a result, bleeding gradually stops or slows down sufficiently.

Unbearable pain in the tooth

An acute pain in the tooth makes life disruptive on every aspect. But when such a severe pain starts or creeps in at an inconvenient time like the middle of the night. It is indeed difficult to get an emergency dental appointment. In such situation you should first rinse the mouth with lukewarm water and then take a pair of ibuprofen tablets to get relief from the pain. If the pain still keeps tormenting you then you can take a pair of paracetamol tablets too in a gap of two to three hours, suggests a walk in dentist in London.

These over-the-counter medications are only meant to give you temporary relief. A toothache may result from various reasons ranging from a cavity, a dental abscess to gum disease. It is important to identify the underlying cause of the problem which only a qualified dentist can do. If the problem is left untreated and ignored then it may cause more serious damage to your gums and the teeth. Therefore, you must make it a point to see a dentist and get yourself properly diagnosed as soon as possible.

When something gets stuck in the tooth

Hard food objects like kernel of nuts may get stuck in the tooth causing pain. This problem must be resolved quickly else it may lead to harmful bacteria build-up which may lead to formation of cavity or gum disease. In this situation you should try to bring out the object from your tooth with help of your fingers. Brushing the teeth or using dental floss usually proves helpful. An “out of hours” dentist in London suggests you may also try out gently with a pair of tweezers to bring the object out. But if this problem keeps repeating frequently then you must go to your dentist and seek a permanent solution.

A crack or chip in the tooth

A tiny crack in the tooth can easily spread over time. In other you should never ignore this kind of problems under any circumstance. If you ever face this kind of situation, you should first rinse the mouth. Well with lukewarm water and then apply a cold pack on the damaged tooth from outside your face.

Even if you cannot see your dentist right away in any of the situations mentioned above, You can at least call his or her office to report the matter and get the necessary advice without any unnecessary delay.    

We have explored how to tackle few common emergency dentistry situations at home in the sections above. In the following section of the post a busy 24 hour emergency dentist in London explains the basics about a dental emergency.

What is a dental emergency?

When you are in a dental emergency you need urgent assistance to get relief from acute pain in your mouth. The pain is only a signal to turn your attention to an underlying problem like a disease, an infection or a dental injury. The most common cases of dental emergency include a tooth abscess. A severe decay in the tooth, a knocked-out tooth or teeth and others.

Walking into the A&E room of any hospital for a dental emergency

Under usual circumstances you should not walk into the A&E of any hospital for any issue related to your oral health. The reason is simple; doctors and other medical professionals who work in an A&E room are not completely equipped to treat dental emergency cases. So you will not the proper treatment there.

But there are certain circumstances when you should walk into the A&E straightaway, explain dentists working at the widely trusted Piccadilly Dental Clinic in London. The situations include the following –

  • Experiencing uncontrolled bleeding from the mouth
  • A substantial swelling in the mouth that makes breathing or swallowing difficult
  • There is swelling around the neck or the eye following a dental injury or problem

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