Dental Pain Emergency

Dental Emergency


There are many types of dental emergencies ranging from tooth loss, pain and up to emergencies that can be life threatening. Dental pain is the most common type of dental emergency. Whilst a lot of the time it is not life threatening, it tends to cause a lot of anxiety and it is important to relieve the pain as soon as possible.


Injury or loss of tooth from trauma such as a sporting accident is another type of emergency. There is a wide range of injuries that can happen to teeth. A mild injury can just cause the tooth to be sore for a few weeks. Other mild injuries include small chips to teeth which can be restored reasonably easily. Some of the more complicated injuries include large breaks and complete loss of tooth from the mouth.


Here are some first aid tips on the types of medical emergencies:


Facial Swelling

Having a swollen face can lead to a life threatening problem. If the swelling travels to the throat breathing can become difficult. It is important to get dental treatment immediately if you have swelling in the jaw. If you are finding it difficult to breath you MUST go to hospital straight away.


Tooth Injuries

Have a dentist monitor the tooth no matter how slight or heavy the injury. Knocks to the teeth from sport or just playing in the backyard are very common. When there is a knock to a tooth, there is a risk that the nerve of the tooth will die and cause infection in the mouth. A lot of times this happens without any pain. This can result in the tooth falling out without warning. When you get a knock in the tooth, it is important to have the tooth monitored by a dentist, so that the dentist can look for signs that the tooth may require treatment. Early treatment can save the tooth, otherwise there is a risk of losing the tooth. A way of preventing injuries to teeth is to wear a mouthguard during sport.


Tooth Evulsion (loss of tooth from the mouth)

  • Pick up the tooth by the crown and not the root. The crown is the part you see when the tooth is in the mouth
  • Do NOT try to clean the tooth with water
  • Place the tooth in milk. Take the tooth and the injured person to the dentist IMMEDIATELY. The dentist can insert the tooth back into the mouth to try and save the tooth. The longer it takes to put the tooth back into the mouth, the less likely the tooth will survive.
  • If you feel you can’t get to the dentist quickly enough, gently rinse the tooth with milk (but only touch the crown of the tooth) and place the tooth back into the socket yourself. Spend a minute to make sure you place the tooth in the correct way. See a dentist as soon as you can