What is a dental emergency?
Dental emergencies are generally considered to be all incidents that require immediate medical treatment.
This includes all possible accidental injuries such as tooth and jaw fractures, tongue and lip injuries, as well as consequential damage or bleeding after dental/surgical interventions (such as implant treatments, wisdom tooth operations or tooth extractions).
Acute toothache or febrile infections such as inflammation of the gums or wisdom teeth ("thick cheek") can also indicate an emergency.
For our patients we offer an emergency service outside of our regurlar office hours. Simply inquire about an emergency contact during your next visit with your dentist or give us a call. We will be happy to provide you with further information.
What you should consider in an emergency
If you suffer from acute symptoms such as persistent bleeding, for example as a result of a surgical operation or an acute accident, contact us immediately and avoid caffeinated or other stimulating drinks and blood-thinning painkillers such as aspirin.
Alcohol and cigarettes also impede wound healing and should be avoided if possible if you suffer from the above symptoms.
Avoid physical exertion and do not stay in the blazing sun. Cool the affected parts of your body carefully and contact us as soon as possible. We will gladly help you on the phone with the right choice of painkilling medication and prepare for you and your concerns in the practice.
Who covers the costs of treatment at the dental emergency service?
The costs for treatment in the dental emergency service vary in relation to the services required and provided. If a tooth is broken off and needs to be replaced or renewed, the costs are logically higher than for treatment of a lockjaw. But you do not have to worry about this:
Emergency treatment at the dentist is generally covered by the statutory health insurance. Even for private patients, the services are generally within the scope of what is reimbursed by private health insurance companies. If, for certain reasons, costs are incurred that you have to pay for yourself, we will of course always inform you of this before the service is provided.
Broken tooth - What can I do?
Your tooth broke off? It is important to remain calm at first. However, you should contact our Seehofer dental practice in Munich immediately. If the accident occurs at the weekend or outside of our normal business hours, please inform yourself about our dental emergency service.
The following steps are especially important now:
- Save the broken tooth. If the tooth is completely broken out, including the root, it should ideally be stored in a tooth rescue box. You can obtain this from a pharmacy or dentist.
- Only touch the tooth by the crown, never by the root. This is where sensitive cells are located that could possibly die.
- Do not let the tooth dry out! If you cannot get a tooth rescue box, store the tooth in cold long-life milk, saline solution or saliva.
- Avoid transporting the tooth in a handkerchief, in the oral cavity, in water or in your hand.
- If a child loses a milk tooth, the above steps also apply. However, you should contact a dentist as soon as possible to avoid further injury to the soft tissues.
- The next route should lead to the dentist. Tell him or her exactly what happened and whether or where you feel pain.
If you follow these steps, you will have survived the worst and done your best to save your tooth. You can leave the rest to our implantology specialists.
Tooth accident - Treatment options
In most cases, the broken tooth can be reattached or the tooth can be re-inserted. If it is no longer possible to attach the tooth, for example because it has dried out, the tooth can be reconstructed. For this purpose, modern dentistry offers various treatment options to restore the function and aesthetics of the lost tooth. Fixed dentures are possible with dental implants or dental bridges, for example.
If only one corner or part of the tooth is broken off, these can be reattached very efficiently nowadays. We use a special adhesive technique for this purpose.
If the tooth is broken and can no longer be bonded, for example because the broken-off piece is no longer there or the break is too large, a tooth filling or partial crown may be sufficient to repair the tooth.