Of course, nobody wants to have a dental emergency, but when you do when is it appropriate to visit your emergency dentist Glasgow.
A knocked-out tooth requires urgent dental emergency. If the appropriate steps are followed directly after the incident the dentist should be able to reinsert and preserve the tooth.
Steps to follow if you have a knocked out tooth;
- Call your dentist immediately! The longer it takes to reinsert the tooth in its socket the less chance you’ll have to save it.
- Pick up your tooth at the crown (top). Ensure you don’t touch the roots.
- Gently rinse the tooth off and make sure it is clean. Do not scrub tooth as tissue can be removed. Place on a clean washcloth or towel in the sink to ensure the tooth doesn’t go down the drain.
- If possible, gently place the tooth back into the socket and hold it gently in place while trying to bite down.
Loose Tooth, Tooth Out of Alignment
If you have a tooth that is out of alignment do not try and force it back into place. You can gently try and put it back into place with your finger by applying light pressure. You can also gently bite down on your tooth to stop it from moving further out of place. Next phone your emergency dentist Glasgow, who may want to splint your tooth to the adjacent teeth to keep it stable.
Chipped, Cracked or Fractured Tooth
If your tooth is chipped and does not hurt it is not a dental emergency, make an appointment with your dentist in the next few days after and be careful when biting down whilst eating. Your dentist may be able to smooth the tooth out or fill it.
Cracked and fractured teeth are both considered a dental emergency as it often means that damage has been sustained to the inside of the tooth as well as the outside. Some fractures are so severe that the tooth cannot be saved.
Steps to follow if you have a cracked or fractured tooth;
- Call your emergency dentist Glasgow immediately!
- Clean your mouth out by gently rinsing with warm water
- If fracture is caused by facial trauma – apply a cold compress to the area to minimize swelling
- Take acetaminophen not aspirin
- Never apply a painkiller to the gum as it can burn gum tissue
Tissue Injury and Facial Pain
Injuries inside the mouth such as; puncture wounds, lacerations, and tears to the lips, cheeks, mouth, and tongues are considered as dental emergencies. It is important to clean the effective area with warm water. If it is your tongue that’s bleeding, gently pull your tongue forward and place pressure on the wound, and get to an oral surgeon as quickly as possible.
Other Reasons to Call Your Emergency Dentist Glasgow
Pretty much any dental problem that requires immediate treatment to save the tooth, stop ongoing tissue or bleeding or relieve severe pain is considered a dental emergency, and you should contact your emergency dentist Glasgow.