Sometimes accidents happen and there’s no way of stopping them. If you have a dental injury, we are here to help. Whether you need urgent attention, advice or treatment following an accident, we will find the best solution to repair any damage and ease any discomfort.
Types of dental injury
The most common types of dental injury include chipped and broken teeth, facial injuries, jaw injuries and knocked-out teeth. The severity and type of injury will dictate whether or not urgent care is needed, but if you’re not sure whether or not you need to see a dentist quickly, give us a call and we will advise you over the telephone. If you do need an urgent appointment, we’ll do everything we can to see you quickly.
Chipped and broken teeth: chips are rarely serious but if the damage is more extensive and you have fractured the tooth, it’s worth seeing a dentist urgently to prevent further injury. Chipped and broken teeth can be very weak and restorative treatment can be used to bolster them and reduce the risk of further harm.
Jaw injuries: if you suspect that you may have broken your jaw or you have very severe pain in the jaw, it’s best to go to your nearest Accident & Emergency department. If there is a chance that the jaw may be broken, an X-ray will be used to confirm or rule out a fracture and determine the best course of action.
Knocked-out tooth: losing a tooth can be scary, but if you can locate the missing tooth and get to a dentist quickly, it may be possible to save the tooth. You can try to reposition the tooth back in the socket or wait for a dentist to do this for you. Try to wipe the tooth clean, hold the crown and avoid touching the root at all times. If you can’t re-implant the tooth into its socket, pop it in a glass of milk or if this is not possible, gently hold it between your gums and the inside of the cheek. If you can get to a dentist within around 30 minutes, it may be possible to save the tooth.