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EMERGENCY DENTAL CARE

EMERGENCY DENTAL CARE

If you need emergency dental care, give us a call and we’ll do our best to see you today. Our clinicians are skilled at handling all acute situations, including toothache, chipped or broken teeth, infections, denture repairs, impacted wisdom teeth, and more.

 

Other dental emergencies include:

 

  • Sensitivity to hot or cold food and drink

  • Facial swelling

  • Difficulty opening your mouth, chewing, or speaking

  • Gum pain

  • Gum bleeds

 

Deal with your emergency dental issues promptly to improve your chances of saving the affected teeth, staving off permanent damage, and avoiding the need for more extensive (and expensive) treatment later. 

 

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above, make a dental appointment as soon as possible.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU LOSE A TOOTH:

  • Keep the tooth, handling it by the crown rather than the root

  • Gently rinse it in cool water is necessary 

  • Do not scrub the tooth or clean it with soap 

  • If possible, replace the tooth in its socket, ensuring it is the right way round (to check, observe your other teeth). 

  • Keep your tooth in place with an aluminium foil wrap and gently bite down on a handkerchief

  • If you are unable to return your tooth to its socket, place it in a clean container with milk,  saliva, or normal saline solution

  • Do not allow the tooth to become dry 

Call our office immediately, using the emergency number if it's after hours 

Remember, the faster you act, the better your chances of saving your tooth

WHAT TO DO IF YOUR TOOTH IS CHIPPED OR FRACTURED:

  • Contact our office immediately, as quick action can save your tooth, prevent infection, and reduce the need for extensive dental treatment 

  • Rinse your mouth with water and apply a cold compress to reduce swelling 

  • If you can find the broken tooth fragment, bring it with you to the dentist.

WHAT TO DO WITH BABY TOOTH PROBLEMS:

If your child loses a baby tooth, DO NOT try to replace it. Visit us as soon as you can to ensure there are no other issues.

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WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE TOOTHACHE:

A very persistent toothache is a sign that you need to see your dentist as soon as practicable. In the meantime:

  • Try to obtain relief by rinsing your mouth with water

  • Use dental floss to remove any debris from obvious cavities and between your teeth

  • If your mouth is swollen, place a cold compress on the outside of your cheek

  • Take pain relief if necessary

WHAT IF MY CHILD HAS A TOOTHACHE?

  • Rinse your child’s mouth with water 

  • Apply a cold compress or ice wrapped in a cloth to the affected cheek 

  • Do not put heat or aspirin on the sore area

  • Give your child some children's acetaminophen if there are no allergies

  • Brush well after each meal and try to get any impacted food out of the cavity (by brushing or flossing)

  • Call our office promptly to arrange for an appointment

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