Harborne Dental Practice
177 Knightlow Road
Any dental emergency can be potentially serious and should not be ignored.
Ignoring a dental problem, like an injury to the teeth or gums, can increase the risk of permanent damage as well as the need for more extensive and expensive treatment later. Below you will find some common dental problems and a summary of advice for what you should do.
In all cases, please book an emergency appointment or contact us as quickly as possible.
First, save any pieces you can. Rinse your mouth with warm water together with any broken pieces.
If there's bleeding, apply a piece of gauze to the area until the bleeding stops this can take around 10 minutes. Apply a cold compress to the outside of the mouth, cheek, or lip near the broken/chipped tooth to keep any swelling down and relieve pain.
Knocked out teeth with the highest chances of being saved are those seen by the dentist and returned to their socket within 1 hour of being knocked out.
In order to save your tooth you must retrieve the tooth, hold it by the crown (the part that is usually exposed in the mouth) and rinse off the tooth root with water. Do not scrub it or remove any attached tissue fragments. If possible, try to put the tooth back in place. Make sure it's facing the right way. Never force it into the socket. If it's not possible to reinsert the tooth in the socket, put the tooth in a small container of milk (or cup of water that contains a pinch of table salt, if milk is not available) or a product such as Save-a-Tooth.
First, try using dental floss to remove the object very gently and carefully. If you cannot get the object out, see your dentist. Never use a pin or other sharp object to poke at the stuck object. These instruments can cut your gums or scratch your tooth surface.Contact Us
If a crown falls off, make an appointment to see us as soon as possible and bring the crown with you. If you are unable to get to us right away and the tooth is causing pain, use a cotton swab to apply a small amount of clove oil to the sensitive area (clove oil can be purchased at your local chemist or in the spice aisle of your supermarket). As a temporary measure you can also stick a piece of sugarless gum into the cavity (sugar-filled gum will cause pain) or use an over-the-counter dental cement.
If possible, slip the crown back over the tooth. Before doing so, coat the inner surface with an over-the-counter dental cement, toothpaste, or denture adhesive, to help hold the crown in place. Do not use super glue!
Abscesses are infections that occur between the teeth and gums or around the root of a tooth. Abcesses are a serious condition that can damage your tissue and surrounding teeth, with the infection possibly spreading to other parts of the body if left untreated. Because of the serious oral health and general health problems that can result from an abscess, please contact us as soon as possible if you discover a pimple-like swelling on your gum that usually is painful.
To ease the pain and draw the pus toward the surface, try rinsing your mouth with a mild salt water solution (1/2 teaspoon of table salt in 8 ounces of water) several times a day.
Injuries to the soft tissues, which include the tongue, cheeks, gums, and lips, can result in bleeding. Here's what to do to control the bleeding:
Rinse your mouth with a mild salt-water solution.
Use a wet piece of gauze or tea bag to apply pressure to the bleeding site. Hold for 15 to 20 minutes.
To both control the bleeding and relieve any pain, hold a cold compress to the outside of the mouth or cheek in the affected area for 5 to 10 minutes.
If the bleeding will not stop, contact us right away or go to a hospital emergency department. Continue to apply pressure on the bleeding site with the gauze until you can be seen and treated.
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