Emergency

Emergency Dentistry

We are well aware that a toothache can be a horribly debilitating experience. For this reason we keep aside a number of emergency appointments for our patients each day. Our friendly staff will do everything possible to try and accommodate you and get you out of trouble as soon as possible.

 

Knocked out Tooth

If it is a first (deciduous) “baby” tooth there is no need to place the tooth back in to the socket as this may damage emerging permanent teeth.

If it is a permanent tooth, and the root is intact, lightly wash the tooth in water or milk to remove visible dirt, (Do not touch the root of the tooth at all.) then replace the tooth into the socket as soon as possible. The sooner this can be done the better the prospects the tooth will survive.

If it is not possible to replace the tooth in to the socket then place the cleaned tooth in a container of milk and take it with you to the dentist immediately. Do not place it in water as this may damage the root surface of the tooth.

 

Toothache

Take painkillers and arrange to see a dentist as soon as practical. Often a toothache which wakes you in the middle of the night is a tooth that requires extraction or root canal treatment. Sometimes antibiotics may be required.

We are well aware that a toothache can be a horribly debilitating experience. For this reason we keep aside a number of emergency appointments for our patients each day. Our friendly staff will do everything possible to try and accommodate you and get you out of trouble as soon as possible.

Swelling

Swelling is  sign of infection in either the gum or the tooth. This is best treated under professional care as delaying treatment can result in the infection spreading and hospitalisation.

Dental Emergencies in children

Generally dental emergencies in children are a result of trauma.  Try to calm the child down and assess the extent of the injury. If in doubt please contact us for an appointment.

 

Broken tooth

If you have a broken tooth, see your dentist as soon as possible. Your dentist can figure out if the break was caused by a cavity, and if the tooth’s nerve is in danger. A damaged nerve usually will require root canal treatment.

Call us immediately for an appointment. Until then:

  • Rinse your mouth well with warm water.
  • Apply pressure with a piece of gauze on any bleeding areas for about 10 minutes or until the bleeding stops. If this doesn’t work, use a tea bag with pressure on the area to stop the bleeding.
  • Apply a cold pack to the cheek or lips over the broken tooth. This will help reduce swelling and relieve pain.
  • Take an over-the-counter pain reliever if required.
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