An emergency can strike at anytime in your mouth, and you’ll need to be ready when it does. Dental issues come in many shapes and sizes, some are vitally important to get treated, others not so, but if you know what to look out for and what to do, you can be rational and make informed decisions about your plight. Serious situations like an abscess or having a tooth knocked out require immediate treatment: an abscess is dangerous and aside from the pain and swelling, you need antibiotics to stop your blood from being poisoned and reduce the swelling; a tooth that has been knocked out can be saved, if you can get somewhere quickly to have it put back into place. However, there are other things that can go wrong, yet you can just nurse yourself through until you can be attended to by your dentist. A toothache indicates signs of decay, but you can soothe yourself with painkillers until you can be worked on. A lost/loose crown, filling, veneer or bridge, may cause discomfort, even lacerations to your tongue and gums, but with soothing gels and again, painkillers, you can get through until your dentist can see you. It is wise to understand the nature of any emergency in your mouth, so find out all you can beforehand. Clifton Dental operates in the Swindon area: they will supply you with all the information you need on dental emergencies, so that you will know how to react when one arises.