If you’re not sure whether or not you’re experiencing a dental emergency, ask yourself these quick questions:
If you answered yes to any of the above, then you have a dental emergency and need a dental assessment as soon as possible to help prevent permanent damage.
Find the tooth and pick it up by the crown (top half). Try not to touch the root and definitely don’t scrub or rub the root surface. Don’t wrap the tooth in a tissue or cloth – this will dry out the tooth.
If the person is conscious:
If the person is unconscious or unresponsive:
Seek immediate dental advice, ideally within 30 minutes. Every minute counts when trying to save a permanent tooth.
Place any collected tooth fragments in a sealed container of milk. Seek dental advice as soon as possible and inform the staff member that you’ve had an accident and you need an urgent appointment.
If you’re experiencing extreme pain to hot or cold temperatures and when biting down, you might have a tooth abscess. This is an emergency and you should seek dental advice as soon as possible.
If you’re in extreme pain from hot or warm food and drink, try drinking or sipping ice water – it can help relieve the pain.
If you’re experiencing sensitivity to cold or it’s painful to breathe in air, avoid cold foods and beverages and breathe through your nose.