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      3 Most Common Dental Emergencies & Tips to Prevent Them

      Toothaches, cracked teeth, or maybe a knocked-out tooth while playing rugby – dental emergencies can happen to anyone, anytime. While they can be stressful, knowing what to do and how to prevent them can save you time, money, and a whole lot of discomfort.

      What is a Dental Emergency?

      A dental crisis or emergency refers to a situation where patients require immediate medical attention to alleviate pain and prevent further damage to their teeth, gums, or supporting tissues.

      Here are 3 of the most common dental emergencies:

      1. The knocked-out tooth

      Accidents happen, and sometimes a blow to the face can result in a knocked-out tooth. This can occur due to various reasons, including accidental falls, sports-related trauma, or biting on hard food.

      If a tooth gets knocked out, it's important to act quickly. First, locate the tooth and carefully rinse it with clear water, holding it only by the crown (the top white part). Avoid scrubbing or removing any attached tissue. If possible, gently try to reinsert the tooth back into the socket. If reinsertion isn't possible, place the tooth in a container with milk or keep it in your mouth next to your cheek, and head straight to the dentist within 30 minutes. Acting swiftly increases the chance of saving the tooth.

      2. Tooth breakage or cracks

      Our teeth are incredibly strong, and they can withstand extreme pressure when chewing or clenching. However, impact to a tooth can chip, crack, or break it when you bite down on something much harder than regular food, such as popcorn kernels or ice. Teeth grinding or clenching (bruxism) can also fracture the teeth.

      The most common treatment for chipped tooth is composite bonding. This is usually done in one visit. If the crack affects the root of the tooth below the gum line, your dentist may recommend a root canal treatment to save your tooth and relieve your pain.

      3. The unforeseen toothache

      Severe tooth pain can come on unexpectedly, making eating and even talking difficult. The pain could be caused by various issues, including tooth decay, a broken filling, gum disease, or an abscessed tooth (a pus-filled infection). Don't wait in pain! Schedule an emergency dental appointment as soon as possible to diagnose the problem and get the relief you need.

      Depending on the cause of your toothache, your dentist may recommend a filling, a root canal, or other necessary treatments to alleviate pain and restore your oral health.

      Five Ways to Prevent Dental Emergencies

      Accidents may be unavoidable, but taking proactive measures can help minimize the risk of dental issues.

      If you have a dental emergency, please give us a call at 04 399 9772 right away. We are open all days of the week, and we will be more than glad to help.