Dental emergencies can be very frightening. This is because not only can they be very painful but they can also induce a feeling of helplessness. This is because when something goes wrong it feels like there is nothing you can do. Depending on the emergency there are a few important things you need to know.
Firstly, you need to see a dentist as soon as possible. If the emergency happens during practice hours then you will be able to contact your own dentist. They will be able to see you in between other appointments and deal with your emergency. But what do you do if your emergency happens outside of practice hours? Your dentist will have information about what to do on their answering phone service. This will usually be instructions about how to contact the emergency on-call dentist. They will then either be able to see you as soon as possible or at very least give you some advice about what you need to do.
If the problem is extremely serious then obviously you should call a ambulance or go to the emergency department at your nearest hospital.
However, there are few things you need to know about how you respond to a dental emergency. If a tooth has been knocked out you can try and replace it immediately. If the tooth will not slot back in, don’t try and force it but cover it in milk or saliva and try to see a dentists as soon as possible. This will keep the tooth alive for long enough for the dentist to replace. This will hopefully avoid the need for any kind of dental restoration in the future, which you will save you time and money and you get to keep your real tooth. You can ask your City of London dentist for more information about what to do in a dental emergency.