Accidents usually happen when you least expect it, and if you suddenly need dental treatment, the dentists of London are there to help! The aim of urgent dental treatment is to make patients pain-free and comfortable as quickly as possible.
Types of dental injury
The most common types of dental injury include fractures and split teeth, avulsed (knocked out) teeth and jaw injuries. You may also need urgent dental treatment if you have severe tooth pain or a dental abscess.
What to do if you lose a tooth?
If you have an accident or a fall, or you are injured playing sport and you lose a tooth, it may be possible for your dentist to save it. Call your dentist to make an urgent appointment and then try to clean the tooth by gently wiping it, holding it by the crown at all times. If you are able to, place the tooth in a glass of milk. If you don’t have this to hand, place the tooth inside your mouth and hold it between your gum and the inside of the cheek (this is not suitable advice for children, as there is a risk of choking).
What to do if you suffer a jaw injury
If you have injured your jaw and you suspect there may be a fracture, it is best to go to your local Accident and Emergency department so that you can get an X-ray.
Treating a dental abscess
If you think you may have a dental abscess, it is important that you see your dentist. A GP can only provide limited help with a dental abscess because they are treated differently to other types of abscess. Call your dentist and ask for an urgent appointment. Your dentist will cut away the abscess and drain the pus; they will also give you something to ease the pain.