Dental Emergencies

  • Only pick the tooth up by the crown (the white, top section).
  • Avoid touching the root.
  • If the tooth is dirty, rinse it for no more than 10 seconds under cold, running water.
  • Put the tooth back in the socket if possible. Bite down on a piece of clean material to keep it in place. If you can’t put it back in the socket, keep the tooth in your mouth between your cheeks and teeth, or place it in a container and cover it with milk.
A sinus infection usually has a constant, dull pain and the pain may get worse when you move your head sideways or up and down. If you are suffering with an abscessed tooth, you are more likely to feel a sharp pain which increases in intensity. If you were to touch a tooth with an abscess, you are likely to have a sharp jolt of pain.
When we lie down to go to sleep, blood flows to the head and therefore the teeth which means you may feel more pain. You may also notice toothache more at night because you are less distracted by work and the busyness of the day. Finally, some people grind their teeth at night, and this can enhance the pain if you’re suffering with toothache.
You should only go to hospital if you have suffered an accident or trauma to your face or mouth which requires treatment for bleeding or deep wounds. Any other pain relating to your mouth, teeth or gums can be dealt with by an emergency dentist.