Dental emergencies

Dental emergencies can happen at any time day or night and range from an agonising toothache to a knocked-out tooth. A calm, rational response can help prevent tooth loss or any permanent damage, so here are some handy tips in case you require emergency dental care.

How soon should I see a dentist?

Most injuries to the mouth should be treated by a dentist as soon as possible. Getting an emergency dental appointment within 30 minutes can make the difference between saving or losing a tooth. Most dentists reserve time in their business hours for possible emergency dental problems, so explain the full condition to the staff so they can fit you in immediately.

How do you respond if you have a…

How can you prevent a dental emergency?

There are simple precautions to help prevent certain injuries to the teeth. When participating in sport or recreational activities, always wear a custom-made mouthguard that is designed and fitted by a dentist.

When opening a pack of chips, a bag of peanuts or other plastic containers of food products, always use scissors rather than your teeth. Also, try not to chew on hard objects such as ice, pens, nuts or even a brutal baguette!

*Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.