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Dental emergencies can happen at any time, and you are more than likely to want immediate treatment to solve the issue. A dental emergency situation can be brought on for a number of different reasons.
A Knocked out Tooth
If your tooth is knocked out, softly lift it up by its crown and wash it carefully. There can be gum tissue remaining so leave it in place, and gently place the tooth inside the mouth against the cheek. If this isn’t possible, put milk into a container and put the tooth inside it until you get to the dentist. The sooner you attend the dental clinic the more chance you have to save your tooth
A Broken Tooth
If a section of your tooth has been damaged or knocked out, please contact us right away for an emergency check-up. Cleaning out your mouth using warm water is helpful, and you can use a cold compress for any swelling.
Bitten your lip or tongue badly
All lacerations (cuts) within the mouth must be cleaned well and checked for any foreign bodies. A tongue laceration usually requires stitches if the edges of the tissue do not line up cleanly. Any tears to the frenum (muscle attachments) will usually heal well, without any long-term complications. Use an icepack to minimize swelling, and give the appropriate pain medication if necessary. Tongue laceration bleeding can be decreased by moving the tongue into a forward position and using a cloth to put a strain on the wounded area. If you are in pain and losing blood, visit your closest emergency room because you may need stitches. If you have not managed to halt the bleeding with a compressor cloth, then this is the best course of action.
Worried your jaw is broken
Pain following an injury or accident involving your jaw means you may need to attend your local hospital. Apply a cold cloth to the area to ease swelling.
You have toothache
There are several reasons for toothache, but it is usually due to a dental infection. If the toothache has become worse over time, use warm water to rinse your mouth and then gently floss to remove any bits of food that could cause infection. If this does not work, get in touch with the dentist to receive treatment and prevent the spread of infection. Although painkillers can sometimes lessen the pain of sore teeth and gums, do not let them rest on your gums as this can cause the gum tissue to burn.
Teeth that are Evulsed
If a tooth has been knocked out you need to contact us for a dental appointment and see if you can recover the tooth. If you find the tooth then you should gently rinse it, without scrubbing too hard, to get rid of dirt. Put the sanitized tooth in between your gum and cheek. Don’t try to put the tooth back in the opening as this could lead to more damage. Visit the dental practice as soon as you are able to. If you can get there in around half an hour after the incident, it is feasible to restore the tooth. If there is no way to store the tooth in the injured person’s mouth (for example, a young child) gently cover the tooth in a dirt-free cloth and put the cloth into milk.
There can be many accidents to the mouth where teeth are evulsed (knocked out), broken (fractured), or forced out of their original position (extruded). Cheeks, gums, and lips can also suffer cuts. The occurrence of oral injuries can be very painful and in such cases, you should visit your dentist as quickly as possible.
In cases where the tooth is somehow knocked or moved out of position (outward or inward), it needs to be realigned to its usual position with gentle finger pressure. You should not pressure the tooth into the opening. Keep the tooth in position with a damp tissue. As with evulsed teeth, it is important to go to the dentist within half an hour. The treatment of a fractured tooth will come down to how bad the injury is. Irrespective of the injury the treatment will be based on the dentist’s guidance.
Small fractures can easily be smoothed down by the dental practitioner with a small sandpaper disc, or they may be left alone. The other alternative is to reinstate the tooth through a composite restoration process. Whatever treatment is applied you should look after your teeth for the next few days.
Dentin, pulp, and enamel are associated with moderate fractures. If the pulp is not damaged in a permanent fashion, the tooth could be fully repaired with a permanent crown. In cases where there is damage, additional action will be needed.
Severe fractures can result in a traumatized tooth and there is a limited possibility of mending. Injuries to the interior of the mouth comprise puncture wounds, lacerations, and tears to the lips, tongue, or cheek. The wound needs to be cleaned immediately and the person assisted to the treatment room for wound repair and suturing.
Child’s tooth gets displaced
After assessing the injury, making sure your child is conscious and breathing well, contact your child’s dentist for an immediate evaluation. For toddlers, the most common type of tooth displacement is luxation, because the bone around the baby teeth is very soft, and teeth can move more easily within the socket. When this happens, there is usually a lot of bleeding from the surrounding gums. During a fall, a child’s tooth is usually pushed inward, towards the palate. This is less damaging to the developing tooth bud because as the crown portion of the tooth moves inward, the roots are pushed away from the developing tooth. The most damaging type of displacement is intrusion (when the tooth is pushed upward). The root of the baby tooth can be forced into the developing tooth bud, causing possible developmental issues and color changes within the developing adult tooth. If the baby tooth is pushed up less than 3mm, it has an excellent prognosis and chance of re-erupting on its own. Allow the baby tooth to spontaneously erupt over a 2 to 3 month period (as long as the developing adult tooth bud is not injured). If re-eruption does not begin within 2 months, the baby tooth will need to be removed. If the baby tooth is pushed up more than 6mm, the tooth is hopeless. If the baby tooth is displaced into the developing adult tooth, it should be extracted to prevent further damage to the adult tooth bud. It is very important to take an x-ray to see if the tooth is present, because a severely intruded tooth may be pushed all the way inside and appear to have been knocked out.
If an adult tooth gets displaced, gently try, if possible, to reposition the tooth back into the right place, hold it there, and seek immediate dental care. If a tooth gets displaced less than 5mm, there is a 50% chance that the nerve won’t be damaged. These teeth may reposition themselves, but may also require orthodontic repositioning. It is possible that there could be a fracture of the bone surrounding the tooth during these luxations. If the tooth is very loose and can be moved more than 2mm, a flexible wire and composite splint may be placed for 7-10 days to help stabilize it.
Child’s adult tooth gets knocked out
The first thing you should do is try to find the tooth and put it in a cup or baggie with your own saliva, milk or saline (to keep it hydrated) and bring it immediately to your dentist (Do Not Touch the root of the tooth, handle it by its crown). Time is of the essence. With each minute that passes the chance of reattachment diminishes. DO NOT SCRUB the tooth. If you do, it will wipe away its outer ligament and prevent its reattachment within your empty tooth socket. If you are in a place where dental care is not accessible, immediately start replacing the tooth back within the socket (slowly and carefully), and hold it there with gauze. If there is dirt on it you may gently rinse in cool water (no scrubbing or using soap) before replacing the tooth within the socket, otherwise just leave it alone. Remember, the faster you act, the better your chances of saving the tooth. Almost all replanted teeth will show some signs of root resorption and ankylosis (where the root fuses with the surrounding bone). It is possible that this may affect one’s bite later on.
Child’s baby tooth gets knocked out
Contact us as soon as possible. The baby tooth should not be replanted because it may cause subsequent damage to the developing permanent tooth. Usually this type of injury happens between 7-9 years of age, when the bone surrounding the tooth is softer and more resilient. This means there is less of a chance of a bone fracture around the tooth. Your dentist should then see your child to check and verify that everything else is fine.
After hours and Emergency Dentist
3 Grantham Ofgice Park, 26 Somerset Drive, Somerset Park Umhlanga Rocks Durban North, South Africa
083 787 2693
Crown Dental Studio
We provide team-based, comprehensive dental care for children and adults, including patients of all ages who are anxious or have an underlying developmental or medical condition that may add complexity to the management of their oral health.
- General Dentistry – preventative and restorative dental care.
- Specialized dental care to straighten crooked teeth in children and adults.
- Treat diseases of the gums and the placement of dental implants.
We are committed to helping you maintain your oral health as an integral part of your overall health and wellness.
+27 31 209 3494
After Hours: +27 81 207 8621
289 Randles Road, Sydenham, 4001
Monday 8:00 am – 17:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am – 17:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am – 17:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am – 17:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am – 17:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am – 17:00 pm
Sunday 8:00 am – 17:00 pm
Family Dental Care – 24 Hour Dentist in Durban
• Teeth Cleaning
• Root canals
• Inlays and Onlays
• Gum disease treatment
• Joint pain management
• Sensitive teeth solutions
• Paediatric dentistry
• Dental bridge
• Teeth whitening
• Digital scanner impressions
• Full dental rehabilitation
• Mouth guards
Tel.: 031 563 2673
Shop 12, Pick n Pay Hypermarket Uitsig Rd, Prospect Hall Durban North, Durban, 4051
Tel.: 031 562 0558
Shop 64C, La Lucia Mall 90 William Campbell Drive La Lucia, Durban, 4001
Tel.: 031 762 4796
Shop 105A, Link Hills Shopping Centre, Inanda Rd, Waterfall, Durban, 3652
Dental emergencies are not fun.
With or without pain, any emergency can be a hassle and a worry to all of us.
Immediate care should be given so that no other untoward complications may arise. One should always find a dental practice that is available to provide dental treatment as soon as possible during emergency cases.
We are a team of passionate, professional and skilled dentists with highly qualified and trained dental staff, always ready to assist and help during the dreaded dental emergency.
Preserving your oral health will inevitably contribute to an improved sense of well-being and essentially ensure that your fundamental feeling of ‘happiness’ is maintained.
What are the Most Common Dental Emergencies?
- Severe toothache
- Swollen gums
- Bleeding gums
- Fractured teeth
- Pain while chewing
- Inflammation around wisdom teeth
- Accidental trauma to a tooth
- Lost crowns or fillings that affect your smile
DON’T WAIT TO SEE US!
Even if you don’t have an emergency, you need to take good care of your teeth and gums leading up to your appointment.
That way, you’ll be able to prevent further damage to your smile. We always recommend patients see us at the first sign of dental discomfort.
Still, aren’t sure if you need emergency dental care? Err on the side of caution and call our emergency dentist today.
Our dental practice offers urgent dental care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Our first priority is to protect your teeth, gums and oral health.
Emergency hotline: 072 015 9097
Address: 55 Hinton Grove, Durban North, 4051
Phone: (062) 987 6453
Dr. Keira Tularam
Same Day Emergency Dental Care
Accidents do happen
No one should ever suffer or endure constant excruciating tooth pain, regardless of financial constraints, or the time of day or night. We can help if you are experiencing:
General tooth decay
Injuries or damage such as broken dentures, lost dental crowns, chipped teeth or loose fillings should be treated as soon as possible. Leaving these untreated can progressively contribute to poor oral health which can cause serious health problems.
So if you have a dental emergency, please call us on 031 563 3294 or 083 657 9427 and we will attend to you as speedily as possible.
165 Rinaldo Rd, Glen Hills,Durban North
031 563 3294 | Emergency: 083 657 9427
Florida Road Dental, Morningside
We also offer a 24-hour on-call service to help you with all your Dental Emergencies (please note: a call-out fee applies after our general opening hours).
065 571 7010
233 Florida Rd, Windermere, Berea, 4001, South Africa
Umhlanga Dental – Dr David Sykes
Umhanga Dental is a modern practice equipped to the highest standards, providing a full range of state-of-the-art dental treatments.
For emergencies, you may send us a WhatsApp message on 072 485 3783.
Monday through Thursday:
8am – 4pm
8am – 12noon (Friday times do change)
Dr David Sykes – BDS (Wits)
Vas – Dental Hygienist
Shivona – Dental Assistant
Belinda – Receptionist
Suite 2, 7 Campbell Drive,
Umhlanga Rocks, 4319
031 561 5520
WhatsApp (Emergencies only please):
072 485 3783
Please note: we only check email once daily. If it’s urgent, please phone!