Dental Emergencies

At Wallace Dental in Limerick we understand dental emergencies can arise at very short notice. In cases of dental pain or dental trauma we recommend patients contact their dentist as early as possible to reduce the risk of dental infection or acute dental pain.

Wallace Dental endeavour to see patients with dental emergencies as promptly as possible.

You have toothache

There are a number of reasons for toothache, but it is mainly due to dental infection. If your toothache has become worse over time, use warm water to rinse your mouth. You may also choose to gently floss to remove any food that might cause infection. A specialist mouthwash can work to stop surplus bacteria. You need to contact us at The Dental Surgery as soon as possible in order to receive treatment and prevent the spread of infection.

Painkillers can sometimes lessen the pain of sore teeth and gums, but you should not let them rest on your gums because it can cause the gum tissue to burn. Do not rely on painkillers if you have dental pain, as they allow more time for the infection to spread.
We recommend you get in touch with the practice earlier than 1pm to ensure an emergency appointment on the same day. Please call 061 303099 immediately.

A Knocked out Tooth

If your tooth has been knocked out, believe it or not, there is a chance that we can save it. However, there are things that you can do to help preserve the tooth. If it is knocked out and you still have it, gently lift it up by its crown and give it a careful wash. The reason for this is that there may be gum tissue remaining, so we suggest you leave the gum tissue in place, and if you can, put the tooth back in the empty socket. 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 call The Dental Surgery to arrange an an emergency appointment, the more chance we have to save your tooth.