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Navigating dental emergencies: our top tips to help you stay prepared

Holding face in pain dental emergency

Dental emergencies can strike at any time, and knowing how to deal with a crisis can make all the difference. As your trusted emergency dentist in Sutton Coldfield, we've compiled a set of practical tips to help you stay prepared and take swift action when faced with this situation. 

Whether you're experiencing sudden pain, a knocked-out tooth, or any other dental concern, these guidelines can be invaluable until you can reach us for expert care. Here’s everything you need to know to face any dental emergency head-on.

Stay calm and assess the situation

In the face of a dental emergency, the first and most crucial step is to stay calm. Panicking can exacerbate the situation and make it more challenging to think clearly. Take a deep breath and assess the severity of the issue. If you're unsure, our emergency dentist in Sutton Coldfield is just a call away to provide guidance.

Dealing with toothache

Toothache is one of the most common dental emergencies we see at Boldmere Dental Practice. If you begin to notice the symptoms of toothache, follow these simple steps to help minimise the damage and relieve pain: 

  • Take routine painkillers that are suitable for you.

  • Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean it, if this feels comfortable.

  • Use dental floss to remove any trapped debris.

  • If your tooth is throbbing at night, try to sleep upright.

  • Do not put aspirin or any other painkiller against the gums, as it may burn the gum tissue.

Addressing a knocked-out tooth

If you've suffered a knocked-out tooth, time is of the essence. Retrieve the tooth, holding it by the crown (not the root), and gently rinse it if it's dirty. Attempt to reinsert it into the socket, or store it in a container of milk or saliva. 

Reach out to our emergency dentist in Sutton Coldfield immediately for further instructions and priority care.

Managing dental pain 

Sudden and intense dental pain can be debilitating. Rinse your mouth with warm water, gently floss to remove any trapped debris, and take an over-the-counter pain reliever as directed. Avoid placing aspirin directly on the gums, as it may cause irritation. Contact our emergency dentist in Sutton Coldfield promptly for a thorough examination and personalised pain management.

Lost bridge or crown

If you find yourself in this situation, we advise against trying to relocate the bridge or crown due to the risk of swallowing or inhaling it. If you do decide to relocate the prosthesis, make sure to clean it, dry it, and fit it with dental cement. 

Prior to doing this, practice locating the prosthesis and biting together. If it looks correctly located in the mirror and your bite feels normal, you are then ready to cement it in place.

We always recommend making an appointment with your emergency dentist, Boldmere Dental Practice, to have it properly repaired or replaced.

Objects caught between your teeth

Gently try to remove the object with dental floss. Do not use sharp objects that may damage the gums or teeth. If unsuccessful, visit us right away. 

Abscesses or swelling

In the first instance, try rinsing your mouth out with a mild saltwater solution. Use a cold compress to reduce swelling and, most importantly, seek emergency dental attention promptly, as an abscess may be a sign of a serious infection.


Bleeding gums or soft tissue injuries

Similarly to our recommendations above, in the event of bleeding or soft tissue injuries, rinse your mouth with a mild saltwater solution. Apply pressure with a clean cloth or gauze to control bleeding.

If bleeding persists, seek immediate dental care at your emergency dentist in Sutton Coldfield, or visit the hospital. 

Dealing with a broken or fractured tooth

If you've chipped, broken, or fractured a tooth, follow these simple steps: 

  • Rinse your mouth with warm water if comfortable

  • Save any broken pieces and rinse them.

  • Place toothpaste around the tooth regularly if sensitive 

  • Apply a cold compress to reduce swelling.

  • Contact us for immediate attention, as prompt intervention can often save the tooth and prevent further complications.

Handling orthodontic emergencies

If you have braces or other orthodontic appliances and encounter a problem, such as a broken wire or bracket, use orthodontic wax or a small cotton ball to temporarily alleviate discomfort. 

Avoid attempting to fix the issue yourself, and schedule an appointment with your orthodontist at Boldmere Dental Practice for professional assistance. 

Choose Boldmere Dental Practice as your emergency dentist in Sutton Coldfield

Dental emergencies can be unpredictable, but with these tips and the assurance that we’re always ready to assist you, you can face any situation with confidence. 

In any dental emergency, it's crucial to contact your dentist or an emergency dental clinic as soon as possible. If the emergency occurs outside regular office hours, you may need to visit the hospital, especially if there is severe pain, swelling, or difficulty breathing or swallowing.

Remember, your oral health is our priority, and we're here to guide you through unforeseen challenges. Stay informed, stay calm, and know that help is just a phone call away at 0121 354 6230. 

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