Tips for dealing with common dental emergencies

Knocked-out Baby Tooth

Don’t attempt to put it back in the socket, as this could risk damaging the permanent tooth underneath. Instead, try and stop the bleeding by applying gentle pressure with gauze or a muslin for around 10 minutes. Give your child paracetamol or ibuprofen for the pain, but never place aspirin or any other painkiller directly on the gums, as this can cause them to burn.

Knocked-out Permanent Tooth

Hold the tooth by the crown, not the root end, and rinse it clean - don’t scrub. Do not remove any attached fragments of tissue. If you can, try and put the tooth back in its place, ensuring it is facing the right way, and bite down on a clean towel to keep the tooth secure. At least 85 percent of teeth that are put back in the tooth socket within five minutes survive, compared to very few teeth that are stored dry and reimplanted after an hour or longer. If you can’t put the tooth back, put it in a cup of milk. If you don’t have milk, salty water is also effective.

Chipped or broken baby tooth

Make the soonest dental appointment if possible for a dentist to consult; this could include digital x-ray imaging, tooth restoration, smoothing the tooth down, rebuilding it with a resin material, or removing it.

Chipped or broken permanent tooth

Usually these can be repaired successfully, either through reattaching the broken fragments or using a tooth-coloured resin material. Store any fragments in tap water and visit Kindlehouse Dental Clinic as soon as possible.

Objects caught between teeth

If you can’t remove the object using dental floss, please contact us Kindlehouse Dental Clinic immediately. Do not attempt to remove the object with anything sharp, like a pin, as you’ll risk hurting your child’s gums or damaging their tooth enamel.

Swollen Gums and Bleeding during brushing

Most likely you are experiencing generalized gum inflammation, try to rinse and gargle with salt water and then floss gently to remove any food debris that stuck in between teeth. Schedule a visit to visit Kindlehouse Dental Clinic for us to have a check

Facial Swelling/Gums

Most likely your child/you are experiencing infection from the tooth, please contact us immediately for an appointment or walk-in to any of the Accident & Emergency Department.

New tooth growing at the back of baby tooth

It is perfectly normal for the permanent tooth to erupt at the back of lower baby tooth. Just shake and twist side-ways from time to time to loosen it and for it to exfoliate by itself! If it is causing pain or discomfort, please contact us immediately.

If you notice the permanent tooth erupting from the upper baby tooth, please schedule an appointment with Kindlehouse Dental Clinic for removal.

Broken Braces

If a brace wire has come loose, try using the rubber end of a pencil to push it into a more comfortable position. If this isn’t possible, try covering the wire with dental wax, a small cotton ball or a piece of gauze until you can get to Kindlehouse Dental Clinic. Never cut the wire, as you could end up swallowing or inhaling it.

Damaged/Unfit Removable Appliances

If the removable appliance does not fit anymore, please share us a photo of the appliance for us to guide you through WhatsApp.