We are open 5 days a week and some late nights. In most cases we will be able to offer you an appointment to treat a dental emergency when you call. We ask that you call as early in the working day as you can to help us find time to see you. We also have a after hours service which will ensure emergencies can be see an emergency locum dentist if our surgery is closed. Details will be given in the answer machine message when the practice number is called. ( 9447 4656)
Any dental emergency, such as an injury to the teeth or gums, can be potentially serious and should not be ignored. Ignoring a dental problem can increase the risk of permanent damage as well as the need for more extensive and expensive treatment later on. Here’s a quick summary of what to do for some common dental problems.
Toothaches. First, thoroughly rinse your mouth with warm water. Use dental floss to remove any lodged food. If your mouth is swollen, apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth or cheek. Never put aspirin or any other painkiller against the gums near the aching tooth because it may burn the gum tissue. Take painkillers such as paracetomol or ibuprofen and see your dentist as soon as possible.
Chipped or broken teeth. Save any pieces. Rinse the mouth using warm water; rinse any broken pieces. See your dentist as soon as possible so we can smooth the sharp edges or repair the tooth.
Knocked-out tooth. Retrieve the tooth, hold it by the crown (the part that is usually exposed in the mouth – the white part), and rinse off the tooth root with milk if it’s dirty. Do not scrub it or remove any attached tissue fragments.
Knocked out teeth with the highest chances of being saved are those seen by the dentist and returned to their socket within 1 hour of being knocked out.
Extruded (partially dislodged) tooth. See your dentist right away. Until you reach your dentist’s office, to relieve pain, apply a cold compress to the outside of the mouth or cheek in the affected area. If needed take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as paracetomol.
Objects caught between teeth. First, try using dental floss to very gently and carefully remove the object. If you can’t get the object out, see your dentist. Never use a pin or other sharp object to poke at the stuck object. These instruments can cut your gums or scratch your tooth surface.
Lost filling. See your dentist as soon as possible.
Lost crown. If the crown falls off, make an appointment to see your dentist as soon as possible and bring the crown with you. Do not use super glue!
Loose brackets and bands. Temporarily reattach loose braces with a small piece of orthodontic wax. Alternatively, place the wax over the braces to provide a cushion. See your orthodontist as soon as possible.
Abscess. This is an infection that occur around the root of a tooth or in the space between the teeth and gums. An abscess is a serious condition that can damage tissue and surrounding teeth, with the infection possibly spreading to other parts of the body if left untreated. See you dentist as soon as possible to have the infection, and the source of the infection, treated.
Abscess’ may be quick to arrive and cause pain and swelling, they may also build over time, cause little pain, and the only sign is a ‘pimple’ on the gum next to a dead tooth. Both need treatment so please call your dentist.
Soft-tissue injuries. Injuries to the soft tissues, which include the tongue, cheeks, gums, and lips, can result in bleeding. To control the bleeding, here’s what to do: