During those critical hours, you need to know what to do for each type of emergency, and when it may be necessary to see an emergency dentist so keep in mind the following tips:
Dental Emergency Tips: For chipped and broken teeth
If you accidentally break your tooth, you should immediately rinse your mouth with warm water. This is done in order to eliminate any fracture pieces from the mouth.
In case there is bleeding from your gums, you should apply a sterile gauze until the bleeding stops. In order to relieve pain and keep swelling at bay, you should apply a cold compress on your cheek, or over the mouth (depending where the chipped/broken tooth is).
You should see the emergency dentist as soon as possible for regular dental treatment.
Dental Emergency Tips: In case of a knocked out tooth
Accidentally or on purpose (during a fierce fight), your tooth can be knocked out. In such cases, it is extremely important to not try and remove tissue fragments or scrub the tooth to eliminate these fragments.
Also, you should not force the tooth back into its socket. If the tooth detaches extremely easily from the socket, you should insert it into milk, or a glass of warm water with salt until you get to the emergency dentist.
Apply a sterile gauze to the area and visit the dentist fast. When tooth avulsion occurs, the tooth can actually be saved within one hour from when avulsion happened.
Dental Emergency Tips: In case of a toothache
Firstly, remember that you should never apply aspirin onto the gums, because you will do more harm than good.
Just rinse your mouth with warm water, brush your teeth to eliminate any food particles, and then floss thoroughly. If the pain persists, you can apply a cold compress on the outer cheeks.
Dental Emergency Tips: In case of a dislodged filling or crown
If the appointment is still hours or days away, visit your local pharmacy and ask for OTC dental cement. This will protect your tooth from any food particles entering there.
However you need to see the 24 hour dentist ASAP to get proper dental treatment. If your crown comes off, use denture adhesive to hold it in place and visit the dentist soon.
Dental Emergency Tips: In case of soft tissue injury (bleeding gums for example)
Prepare a rinse with warm water and a pinch of salt, rinse well, and then apply a moist black tea bag and hold it by applying pressure. This will help stopping the bleeding within 15 to 20 minutes.