Have a dental emergency?
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If you have a bad toothache, have just dislodged or broken a tooth, or have pain or swelling anywhere around your jaw, don’t delay – contact us now.
We always allow time for emergencies!
Important: Delaying treatment may make your situation more complicated – and more expensive.
Common reasons for seeing an emergency dentist
- Post-operative pain
- Gum infections
- Wisdom tooth pain
- Broken or chipped teeth
- Dislodged tooth/ dental trauma
- Uncontrollable bleeding after tooth extractions
- Extreme swelling of the mouth that won’t go away
Emergency Dental Care Tips
Experiencing an emergency dental issue? Here are some tips for common problems to tide you over till you get to the dentist.
Toothache: Rinse your mouth with warm salty water, then gently floss the area to remove any debris. Sometimes, the debris causes the pain, so flossing may be all that’s required. Take painkillers and if necessary, apply a cold compress to the outside area of the mouth. If pain persists, see your dentist.
Wisdom tooth pain: Wisdom teeth can cause problems either by becoming decayed or by pain caused by a condition known as perichoronitis. This occurs when there is not enough space in the jaw to accommodate the wisdom teeth, leaving the tooth only partially erupted. In this situation, a flap of gum will sit over the top where food can easily get trapped there, causing pain and inflammation.
If you have pain around your wisdom teeth, apply an ice pack for 20 minutes only to the exterior area to reduce swelling. You can also take over-the-counter medication to relieve your pain, such as Ibuprofen or Paracetamol, but not Aspirin. Contact us as soon as you can so the dentist can see whether he or she can remove your wisdom tooth immediately or if ‘non-extraction’ treatment should be performed instead.
Gum abscess and swelling: See your dentist immediately so they can inspect the area and prescribe appropriate medication, which may be antibiotics, pain relief medication or both. Your dentist will then provide a treatment plan for you.
Dental trauma: This can occur through a sporting incident, an accident at home or even by falling over. If the tooth has fallen out of the socket, rinse with salty water, then place it back in the socket. If this is not possible, try to keep the tooth between your cheek and gums. Alternatively, place the tooth in a small jar of milk. Call us immediately for an appointment, so our dentist can take action to save your tooth.
Bleeding gums: Avoid irritating the gums when brushing. Instead, brush your teeth with a soft brush with gentle, circular movements only. Remember to floss your teeth to remove food and debris which can cause bleeding and irritation.
Dislodged filling or crown: Your tooth may become very sensitive if you lose either a filling or crown. Apply a little clove oil to the area to numb the pain, then book an appointment with the dentist immediately.