We cater for emergencies by allotting time during practice hours. If you have a dental emergency, contact us right away and we will schedule you in ASAP.
In the meantime these tips will help you make the best of an emergency situation!
A healthy natural tooth is good for your oral health. That is one of the reasons why extraction is a last resort. In the case of a dental emergency, see an experienced dental or medical professional as soon as possible. This can mean the difference between saving your natural tooth and extraction.
Common Types of Dental Emergencies
Did you know that a toothache could actually be caused by a problem that doesn’t originate from the tooth or jaw?
Were you aware that the most common cause of toothache is a dental cavity? And that the second most common cause is gum disease?
If you have toothache, clean your mouth by rinsing thoroughly with warm salty water. Gently floss around the tooth to remove any food particles that may be caught there. You should call our practice as soon as possible, and only take medication that you would normally take for a headache. It is important to remember that a toothache is a sign that you require medical attention.
Broken or Chipped Tooth
Accidents happen. If your tooth breaks, you should contact us as soon as possible. You should also clean your mouth by rinsing thoroughly with warm salty water. If you are experiencing pain, you should only take medication that you would normally take for a headache.
At justSMILE, we can fix a broken tooth with dental crowns. A dental crown is a porcelain restoration that will strengthen and protect your tooth.
Tooth Knocked Out
If your tooth has been knocked out – time is of the essence! Making it to a dentist or your local emergency room within half an hour can mean the difference between saving and losing your natural tooth.
Hold the tooth by the crown (visible portion of your tooth), not the root and rinse the tooth off very gently with milk or water to make sure it is clean. Do not scrub the tooth or remove any tissue that is attached. If you can, gently place the tooth back into the socket; be sure to replace the tooth the right way around. If this is not possible, place the tooth in a small container or cup of milk. You should contact our practice or your local emergency room immediately.
Bitten Tongue or Lip
If you have bitten your tongue or lip, gently wipe the area clean with a cloth. Apply a cold compress to the area to minimise any swelling. If the bleeding will not stop, you should contact us or your local emergency room for attention.
Single Appointment Emergencies
Our team has lots of experience dealing with all kinds of emergencies, and we’ll get you out of pain in a single treatment. Some times follow up appointments are needed to address any underlying issues.