If you sustain an injury or trauma to your teeth and have pain, swelling or visible damage (like a cracked, chipped, or loose tooth)—consider it a dental emergency. To give you an idea, the following are all considered dental emergencies:
1. Severe toothache
2. Facial swelling (may include tooth/gum pain or pus)
A tooth that’s:
— loose or has been knocked out
3. A cracked, loose, or lost dental filling or crown
Still not sure if you’re dealing with a dental emergency or not? Just give us a call and we’ll help you work it out.
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If the tooth is undamaged, we may be able to save it. Here are a few tips to help achieve a successful outcome:
1. Pick up the tooth by the crown (that’s the top part that sits above the gumline, not the root).
2. Rinse the tooth (ideally in milk, but water will do).
3. Gently pop it back in the socket.
4. Hold the tooth in place with a finger or by gently biting down on a soft, clean cloth or piece of clothing.
5. If you can’t reposition the tooth back in the socket, place it in a small cup of milk or hold it in your mouth (next to your cheek)
Get to your emergency dentist ASAP — ideally within 30 minutes.
Hospitals do have emergency dentists on hand. And, in serious dental emergencies it may be best to visit your closest hospital. Certainly, if you have severe bleeding, think you may have broken your jaw or have a head injury, please head straight to the Emergency Department at your local hospital.
Worried or unsure whether you should go to the hospital? Call us and we’ll help you decide what’s right for you.
As with any dental treatment, your dentist will provide you with after-care advice. Be sure to follow the instructions closely. If a follow-up appointment is needed, make sure you book this in and stick to it.
Don’t stress. Simply chat to us about our flexible payment options. You don’t have to fret about having the funds in your bank right now, or even paying in one lump with our convenient payment plans.
That’s easy! Brush up on your at-home oral care by brushing and flossing daily. If you play a sport that could put your pearly whites at risk, consider wearing a mouthguard. Eat a balanced diet and avoid sugary foods and, most importantly, don’t forget your regular dental check-up and clean.