They don’t always involve pain, although pain is a common sign that something needs to be looked at.
If a problem can’t wait until you make a normal appointment with a dentist, it is a dental emergency. It should be treated immediately, or it will cause long term effects.
When you encounter a dental problem, you should call your dentist right away.
But what if it happens on a holiday, weekend or, after office hours?
In those hours, you need to know what you should do until help is available.
Here are some tips for common dental emergencies:
- Rinse your mouth with lukewarm saltwater. This helps alleviate the pain and relieve tenderness. Repeat several times to clean the mouth thoroughly.
- Apply cold compress to reduce swelling and painful twinges.
- Clear the mouth of food debris. You can use dental floss to remove any lodged food.
- Take a painkiller but never put apply it directly on the gums near the aching tooth.
- See your dentist immediately.
Knocked Out Tooth
- Clean off the area gently using lukewarm saltwater. Do not scrub or use soap on the affected area.
- Apply cold compress to reduce redness and swelling.
- Visit your dentist within the first 30 minutes of the injury. Doing so may help stop the occurrence of complications and increase the chance of reimplantation.
Chipped or broken teeth
- Rinse your mouth using lukewarm saltwater; rinse all the broken pieces.
- If bleeding occurs, apply a piece of clean gauze to the area with slight pressure. Press until bleeding stops.
- Apply cold compress to the outside of the mouth to keep any swelling down and to relieve pain.
- See your dentist immediately.
- Rinse your mouth with lukewarm saltwater several times a day to relieve pain and to draw the pus towards the surface.
- Take an over-the-counter pain reliever to reduce the pain. Aspirin should not be given to children under 16.
- Avoid eating hard food and drinking hot or cold drinks in the meantime. Eat soft foods instead.
- Always remember that pain relievers only work for a while and it is critical to seek your dentist’s help.
Soft tissues injuries
- Rinse your mouth with lukewarm saltwater.
- Apply pressure on the affected area using a clean piece of gauze. Hold it in place until the bleeding stops.
- Apply cold compress to the outside of the mouth to control bleeding and to relieve pain.
- If the bleeding doesn’t stop after applying pressure, see your dentist right away. Continue applying pressure until you can be treated.
Deer Park Dental Surgery is ready to attend to your dental emergencies. We assure you of high-quality dental care. We provide a wide range of dental services for patients who reside in Deer Park and surrounding areas.
If you have any dental emergencies that need immediate relief and attention, call us at (03) 9360 4417 to make an appointment or visit us at T097a Brimbank Shopping Centre Neale Road in Deer Park.
- Same day emergency appointments are available upon request
- All insurances are accepted with HICAPS. As a preferred provider for HCF and NIB
We are located in a busy medical centre in Brimbank Shopping Centre with plenty of cafes and shops nearby.
Easily accessible via public transportation (bus stop within walking distance)