Do you need emergency dental care?
If you’re suffering from a damaged tooth or persistent dental pain, please call us immediately on (02) 9299 5504.
If you are experiencing a medical emergency, for example, trauma to the jaw or face, it is recommended you seek emergency treatment from a doctor or hospital first.
What constitutes a dental emergency?
Any dental problem that requires immediate treatment in order to save a tooth, stop ongoing tissue bleeding or alleviate severe pain is considered a dental emergency. If you have a severe infection or abscess in the mouth, this is a very serious condition and should be dealt with immediately.
Dental First Aid
Knowing what to do in a dental emergency can help improve your chances of recovery. Here are some tips for common emergencies.
Try to stay calm but act fast. If a permanent tooth has been knocked from its socket, it’s crucial to seek immediate professional care. Call us on (02) 9299 5504 to make an urgent appointment. Additionally, you should:
- Locate the tooth. Only touch it by the crown (the top of the tooth – away from the end that was attached to the gum).
- Clean the tooth by rinsing it quickly in milk or some saliva to remove any dirt or debris
- Try to put the tooth back in its socket and gently hold it in place
- Hold it against the inside of your cheek or in a small cup of milk or saliva, if it can’t be positioned back into its socket
Chipped or damaged tooth
Cracked and broken teeth are common. If the break is significant, it could damage the nerve inside your tooth and cause discomfort. Make an appointment with a dentist right away. In the meantime, you should:
- Rinse your mouth with warm water
- Use dental wax to temporarily cover any sharp edges
- Apply a cold compress to the outside of your cheek if you’re feeling pain or swelling.
Toothaches, sensitivity and dental pain
If you’re experiencing any level of dental pain, even if it’s just a bit of discomfort or sensitivity, you should make an appointment with a dentist right away. If you’re looking for relief until you can see your dentist, you can:
- Take over-the-counter pain relief as advised by your GP or pharmacist. You should only swallow painkiller capsules or tablets – never apply them directly to the gum, as some are acidic and may damage the gum tissue.
- Use a cold compress against the outside of your cheek (not directly against the surface of your tooth)
- Rinse your mouth with warm, salty water
If you wear dentures, they can become damaged or broken by accidents or even just gradual wear and tear. Never try to repair dentures yourself. Instead, make an appointment with a dental professional. Do not continue wearing damaged dentures. Remove them and store them in a safe place, along with any pieces that may have broken off.