Dr. Shabnam Zai

Managing dental emergencies at home

A guide by West House Dental

Contents

Have a dental emergency?

Dealing with a sensitive tooth

Wisdom tooth pain

Dealing with ulcers

Rubbing dentures

Bleeding gums

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Have a dental emergency?

Contact your Dentist by telephone if you have a dental emergency.

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Dealing with a sensitive tooth

Rubbing sensitive toothpaste on to your teeth for 1 min. can help.

Anesthetic gels such as Orajel and Benzocanine sprays can also help ease the pain.

Temporary filling material is widely available from supermarkets & pharmacies.

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Wisdom tooth pain

Manage with thorough cleaning, warm salty water mouthwash, a soft diet and pain killers.

Most flare ups should settle within a few days to a week.

If you have difficulty swallowing or swelling in your face, you may need antibiotics. Call your dentist.

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Dealing with ulcers

Most ulcers will heal within seven to ten days.

Manage with thorough cleaning, warm salty water rinses, a soft diet and pain killers.

If an ulcer persists for more than three weeks, then have it assessed by a Dentist or Doctor.

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Rubbing dentures

Denture adhesives like Fixodent can help secure loose dentures.

Sharp edges can be filed with an emery board.

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Bleeding gums

Brush twice a day for 2 minutes and floss between your teeth.

Bleeding should reduce after a few days of cleaning well.

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