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Emergency dental kits

Emergency dental kits do exactly what it says in the tin. They are dental kits that can be used in an emergency situation. They contain materials and equipment that you can use at home that may help to ease the situation until you get to see an emergency dentist.

Emergency dental kits are an extremely popular item to have at your disposal as they can offer the materials that you need at the time. Whether it is to patch up a cut or bleed in the mouth; stop excessive blood; or something that will hold a partially dislodged tooth in place, these kits provide a little bit of assistance that could be vital. When it comes to dental emergencies, time really does play a massive part in whether the outcome is positive or not, and dental kits can help make sure you stand the best chance of making a full recovery.

It is always advised that you do not use these kits as an alternative to seeking dental treatment as this certainly would not help. These kits can be beneficial whilst you wait to see the dentist, but they are by no means a replacement. Only a dentist’s professionally trained eye will be able to see the extent of the damage and will therefore be able to rectify the situation using proper dentistry techniques. If you use the kit as replacement for going to the dentist you will be putting yourself in jeopardy, because if the injury sustained does not get the correct treatment, further problems, such as infection and pain, may develop later on.

Where can I get them from and how much will they cost?

Like most products, there are different makes and manufacturers of emergency dental kits, so there will be a slight variation in price and the type of contents you get for your money. Generally speaking you can purchase many over the counter kits for a reasonable price and many will contain adequate materials and equipment that will be perfect for tiding you over.

The kind of contents you receive in an emergency dental kit will depend on how much you spend in the first place. For instance, one of the cheapest dental kits may contain the basics, such as antiseptic mouthwash and some temporary cap and cement which would be beneficial if you lost a filling. However, if you opt to spend a little bit more and purchase a more expensive kit, you may get a wider variety of materials. It is advised that if you tend to suffer with dental problems, or have had a lot of restoration work done, you choose a more expensive dental kit, which will contain materials that your dentist is likely to use – such as specific dental instruments and hand-held mirrors for example.

Why should I get a dental repair kit? 

As previously mentioned, if you have had a lot of dental work done previously and you are more at risk of something failing or something going wrong with one of your teeth, it may be worth your while considering an emergency dental kit, as it will give you peace of mind to know that should a situation arise whereby you have a problem with one of your teeth, at least you have something to hand that may help you whilst you get in touch with your dentist.

Emergency dental kits can also come in handy if you partake in an array of sporting activities or are a sports coach. Sporting injuries make up a high number of dental emergency cases so it is always wise to have something in place if you are putting yourself at risk in this way.

Similarly, it is also advised that you have such a kit at your disposal if you have young children. Children are inquisitive and clumsy and so are prone to accidents. With this in mind, it is recommended that you have an emergency dental kit as well as a first aid kit to hand so that should something happen, you have the best possible materials at your disposal to deal with the situation.

Also, buy a dental kit if you are travelling or are going away from home for a considerable amount of time. If you are in a foreign country, you will find it extremely difficult to get the dental care that you require should you have the misfortune of damaging one of your teeth.

Alternatively, if you think that the price of emergency kits is a little on the steep side, you could always buy some of the equipment and materials yourself and make up your own emergency kit. Many people opt to do this as they can make the materials and equipment specific to their needs. Specific equipment aside, however, you should always make sure you have common sense essentials in there that can help in many situations – things such as antiseptic wipes and mouthwash that can help to get rid of debris and can also help clear blood away if there is a cut to the mouth. Pain-killing gel is also handy and can be useful in many situations; it may help to take the discomfort away whilst you wait to see a dentist. Finally, old fashioned cotton wool is also a god-send and should always feature in a home-made dental kit. It can be used for a multitude of things, such as stopping the blood flow or keeping a tooth in place, and should always be ready at hand. 

What can be treated with a repair kit? 

Repair kits can be used in all sorts of circumstances and provide effective temporary treatment for all sorts of people.

A couple of the most common scenarios where people would use such a kit are in the event of losing a tooth and losing a filling.

Although only a dentist will be able to attempt to replant the tooth if it comes out, the dental emergency kit can offer some immediate remedy with regards stopping the blood as soon as the incident occurs. Typically, when a tooth has fallen or has been knocked out, blood will be present and maybe difficult to stop; cotton wool in this instance would help to stop the blood and may help to keep the tooth in place until you see the dentist if you bite down on the cotton wool.

Losing a filling is a common occurrence and will need seeing to by a dentist as soon as possible because if left, decay and infection can set in. Luckily though, your emergency kit should be able to provide you with some short term relief. Most dental kits come with dental cement that can be used to temporarily cover the cavity – this will stop any food and debris getting into the cavity which could cause substantial pain and irritability.

Dental kits can also help in the event of a fractured tooth or the breaking of a tooth restoration such as a denture.

If a denture is damaged only slightly you may be able to use some dental cement from the kit to do a bit of patching up until you see your dentist, and this also applies if you happen to fracture a tooth.

As previously mentioned, you should never use these DIY dentistry kits as a long term solution, they are simply there to offer temporary dental relief. Only your dentist will be able to provide you with the kind of work that you need. Use these kits to help you in the immediate aftermath, but seek a dentist straight away to get professional and proper work undertaken.