At Richmond Road Dental we understand how uncomfortable and intrusive toothache and other forms of pain in the mouth can be. It is our practice’s policy to attend to dental emergencies as promptly as possible.
If you are suffering with a toothache you should see a dentist as soon as possible. Take pain relief to help with your symptoms but do not apply Aspirin or any other medicaments directly on the tooth as you may burn the surrounding gums.
Adult tooth knocked out
If an adult tooth is knocked out or moved, get to a dentist within 30 minutes if you can as time is critical for successful re-implantation. It is important keep the root moist. Milk or saliva are the best solutions. If the tooth is dirty, rinse in milk or water for a few seconds only, or have the patient suck it clean. Do not handle the tooth by the root. If possible place the tooth back into the socket (be careful to insert it the right way around), otherwise wrap the tooth in Glad Wrap or place it in the patient’s mouth inside the cheek and get to a dentist. Our dentists will always fit a trauma emergency into their schedule immediately. Please phone ahead if you can.
Baby tooth knocked out
Baby teeth are not replaced. Replacing baby teeth can damage the underlying adult tooth. Place the tooth in milk and transport it and the child to a dental professional as soon as possible for management.
Broken tooth due to trauma
If you have broken a tooth due to a blow to the mouth, keep any bits of tooth in milk or saline solution as it is important to keep them moist. The dentist may be able to bond these bits back onto the tooth. To improve success of treatment prompt action is required. Our dentists will always fit a trauma emergency into their schedule so please ring immediately. If you are experiencing any swelling place a cold compress on the face.
For further information on dental traumas – First Aid for Damaged Teeth