What to do in a dental emergency


Do you have a dental emergency?

Here at New England Dental in Armidale, we understand that accidents can happen anywhere, at any time. However, we also know that most patients are not aware of what to do in dental emergency such as when they lose a tooth or experience trauma to the mouth.

In this article we aim to address these issues to ensure you are aware of the action steps you need to take before visiting us for professional treatment.

First it important to realise that a dental emergency cab in the form of any of the following:


When you are suffering from a toothache, please follow these steps:

  • Rinse your mouth with warm water to remove debris.
  • If your gums are swollen place a cold compress to the outside of the cheek (do not use heat).
  • Avoid aspirin as it thins the blood, instead take Nurofen or Panadol to relieve pain
  • Do not place aspirin on the gum or aching tooth. This causes soft tissue to burn.
  • Always seek dental treatment as soon as possible.

Soft tissue trauma and bleeding

Trauma and bleeding to the lip, cheek or gums caused by physical activity such as sports should be treated as follows:

  • Apply a clean bandage to the wound. Apply firm pressure for at least 10 minutes, and stay seated upright.
  • If bleeding persists please call 000 for medical assistance.If your mouth is not bleed heavily, rinse your mouth with warm salty water until the wound has healed to reduce the risk of infection.
  • Swelling and pain can be relieved by applying a cold compress to the site.

Knocked out tooth

Do not touch the bottom of the tooth where the nerves and pulp are exposed. Handle the top of the tooth (crown).

  • Immediately replant the tooth in the socket and hold tooth in place, its important not to to let the tooth dry out.
  • If unable to replant the tooth, keep it moist by immersing it in milk (not water) and sealing it in plastic wrap.

Jaw pain

  •  Apply a cold compress to the jaw or take anti-inflammatory medication to relieve short term pain.
  •  It is important to visit us here at New England in Armidale when you experience jaw pain as it can be related to a number of dental issues such as TMD (misaligned jaw) or an infected tooth.

Avoid professional dental care as soon as possible

Just like any other emergency, it is vital you seek help as soon as possible. By waiting you could be subjecting yourself to further complications.

At New England Dental in Armidale, our emergency dentistry service ensures we can help you when you need it most. We are open 7 days and keep a flexible schedule in case of dental emergencies. If you require urgent dental treatment, we do keep emergency time set aside in our day to accommodate your needs. If you have found yourself in a dental emergency please contact us on 02

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