You could find yourself in a dental emergency any time of the day or night, and your regular dentist may not be open when you experience your problem. If this is the case, the first thing to do is to ensure that you do not panic and remain as calm as possible. You can find a lot of advice on the qld.gov.au website covering a range of different dental emergencies such as a knocked out tooth or a toothache, and below is some information on the most common problems that people experience.
Remain Clam and Assess The Situation
If the injured party is a member of your family or someone that you know the first thing to do is keep calm. You will want to assess the situation and decide whether the situation warrants calling the emergency services, which may be prudent if the person has received a blow which has knocked out a tooth.
Handle the Tooth Correctly
If there has been a tooth knocked out, then you will want to collect this and visit your Gold Coast dentist as quickly as you can, no matter if it is an adult or a baby tooth. When you handle the tooth, you will want to pick it up only by the top of the tooth, which is the crown, and make sure that you do not touch the roots. Place the tooth in a clean container and pour milk over the tooth which will help to preserve it, and make the injured person rinse their mouth with warm saltwater to help keep the wound clean and get rid of any debris. You will also want to get the person to an emergency dentist as quickly as you can so that they can look at the situation and treat it accordingly, hopefully saving the tooth.
Dealing With A Cracked Tooth
A cracked tooth may not be as urgent, but you will still want to deal with the situation effectively to prevent any complications. Assess if the person has any other injuries and call the emergency services if you need to, collect the fragments of the tooth if possible and place these in a clean container with milk. Mix some salt with warm water and have them rinse out their mouths to clean any debris. An ice pack held to the injured jaw will help to reduce the swelling in the mouth, and if there is a pain, there are many different products that you can purchase over the counter at your local pharmacy that do not require a prescription. Although you may not need to visit an out-of-hours dentist for this type of injury, you will want to ensure that you visit the dentist the following day to get it looked at and repaired.