Emergency Dental Kit

Emergency Dental Kits
One of the common scenarios with dental emergencies is that, the quicker you get treatment, the better long-term prospects that treatment will usually have. Therefore, if you have a broken tooth, that tooth can often be saved if you get to the dentist quickly. As more and more people are realising the benefits of early treatment, emergency dental repair kits are becoming far more popular. These are kits that you can buy over the counter often in pharmacies and supermarkets and which contain a wide variety of dental treatments for emergency situations. An emergency dental kit will therefore give you the opportunity to effect some rudimentary care before arranging an appointment with the dentist. An emergency kit will not give you the materials you need to treat yourself. However, it may just allow you to patch yourself up enough to stop the pain, protect your teeth and get professional treatment.

What is a dental repair kit and what is its purpose?
There are a number of different branded dental repair kits available. Depending on the price, they may contain different things. For example, a cheaper version may simply contain some antiseptic mouthwash and a temporary cap and cement, which will help you to repair a split tooth or a lost filling. Alternatively, more expensive kits may include a wider array of materials like, a more expensive kit may include some of the tools you will normally only see your dentist using, such as a hand held dental mirror.

What can be treated with a dental repair kit?
A dental repair kit is not intended to perform permanent repairs. The majority of over-the-counter kits will include materials that are lower grade than your dentist would use. Therefore, materials such as dental cements will only stay in place for a short period of time. However, your dental kits can be used effectively for temporary treatment in a number of different scenarios:

Experiencing toothache
You may be suffering from toothache caused by a cavity which you cannot see or reach. Your dental kit will usually include some clove oil and cotton wool. Clove oil contains eugenol, which is a powerful natural pain killer. Dilute it with some olive oil and soak the cotton wool, then bite down on the cotton wool with your affected tooth. This should help reduce the pain.

Losing a filling
We all lose fillings from time to time and a lost fillings can mean that your tooth becomes immediately very sensitive to hot and cold. Some dentists recommend sticking sugar free gum over the cavity until you can get professional dental treatment. Your dental kit, however, will include dental cement that can be used to cover the cavity. This will also help to stop debris getting trapped in the cavity, irritating the tooth and therefore causing more pain.

Fracturing a tooth or losing a crown
If your tooth is weakened by decay, then the tooth can crack unexpectedly. This can of course be painful and it requires immediate professional treatment. In your emergency dental kit, you will usually find a temporary crown and dental cement. This crown can be used to cover the broken tooth and protect it from further damage until you can get to your dentist.

Breaking a denture
Many people who wear dentures find that keeping an emergency dental kit handy is useful. Dentures can easily be damaged, cracked or broken and, when this happens, it can be uncomfortable and embarrassing to have to manage without them. An emergency dental kit will include orthodontic wax that can help to smooth the edges of damaged dentures. You may also be able to use dental cement to make minor, temporary repairs to broken dentures.

Make your own dental repair kit
You do not necessarily have to go out and buy a dental repair kit. With a little bit of advice from your dentist, you can learn more about the kinds of products that are useful and put together your own pack.

Here is a list put together by your dentist at White Rose Dental Studio:
Clove Oil: Clove oil is used prominently in dental care, in products like mouthwashes and tooth pastes. Clove oil has painkilling properties which help it to soothe tooth aches, swollen gums and sores such as mouth ulcers. It can also help keep the breath fresh and you can easily buy it in your local chemist or natural health store.

Dental Floss: Dentists recommend that you floss regularly. Even if you do not, you should still keep some dental floss in the house. It is useful for removing items or debris that become stuck in your teeth.

Antiseptic mouthwash: There are different types of mouthwash available. However, a mouthwash that contains antiseptic can help to clean blood away from a wound or to wash away debris from a broken filling.

Cotton wool: Whether you need to reduce the flow of blood or stop a filling from hurting, the patient often needs to bite down on something. So keep plenty of cotton wool in your kit, as this does the job very well.

Pain Killing gel: There are a number of pain killing gels available on the market under different brand names. These gels are appropriate for a number of different purposes, from soothing teething pain in children to relieving the pain from canker sores in adults. They can also help with pain caused by ill-fitting dentures.

Please contact White Rose Dental Studio to make an appointment and more information..