Advice regarding common dental emergencies
Pain from a tooth
Pain from a tooth, which is made worse with sugar, normally indicates that there is dental decay present. Keep the area free from plaque by good brushing/flossing, avoid sugary food/drinks and contact your dentist.
Pain from a tooth, which is very brief and made worse on biting, may indicate a broken filling or cracked/fractured tooth. Keep the area free from plaque by good brushing/flossing, avoid biting on the tooth and contact your dentist.
A throbbing pain
A throbbing pain, lasting hours and affecting your sleep, normally indicates that there is an infection in either the tooth or the gum. If there is a swelling from the gum, use hot salt water mouth rinses. Contact your dentist for further advice.
Pain, and possibly swelling
Pain, and possibly swelling from the gum around a wisdom tooth normally indicates a localised gum infection. Keep the area clean with an Interspace brush or your electric toothbrush and an antibacterial gel/rinse. Use hourly hot salt water mouth rinses and take appropriate analgesics (pain killers). Contact your dentist for further advice.
Trauma to a front tooth may cause the tooth to fracture, become loose or become displaced. Contact your dentist immediately and keep any large fragments.
A knocked-out tooth may be able to be reimplanted back in the jaw if you act quickly. Save the knocked-out tooth but avoid touching the root surface. Store it in a glass of milk or place the tooth in the mouth between the cheek and gum; contact your dentist immediately. For more information on how to save a knocked-out tooth, follow this link.