How to handle common dental emergencies

Here at Dental 359 we understand how urgent and stressful a dental emergency can be. If you are experiencing a dental emergency please do not panic and call our practice immediately. We can organise a prioritised time for you to see Dr Hooman Golestani and in the meantime will provide you with over the phone advice and prompt instructions to help you through your emergency.

There are many kinds of dental emergencies if you are experiencing any of the following please do not hesitate to call our office so we can relieve you of pain as soon as possible. Dental emergencies such as toothache, painful wisdom teeth, lost fillings or crowns, broken bridges or dentures, implant issues, cracked or chipped teeth and swollen/ bleeding gums.

It is very important that you take prompt action when dealing with a dental emergency. Delayed treatment can often result in worsening the condition and ultimately can be the difference between saving or losing the tooth.

Common Dental emergencies

Knocked out adult tooth

Keep it moist at all times. If you can, try placing the tooth back in the socket without touching the root. If that’s not possible, place it in between your cheek and gums or place the tooth in milk or salt water. Keeping the tooth safe is of high importance as the dentist may be able to reinsert and reattach the tooth into the socket. Call us right away on 1300 625 625.

Bleeding

Try to stop it by applying a moistened gauze or cloth to the affected area. Apply gentle but firm pressure for about 10 minutes or until bleeding stops. Should bleeding persist after 20 minutes, contact us immediately.

Chipped or cracked tooth

With any chipped or cracked teeth immediately rinse the mouth with warm water to clean the area to remove any debris and put cold compresses on the face to keep any swelling down. Keep tongue away and avoid eating on area to minimise to from fragmenting further.

Toothaches

Rinse the mouth with warm salty water and gently use dental floss to remove any food caught between the teeth and under the gum. Do not put aspirin on the aching tooth or gum tissues. It is likely that you have a bacterial disease such as tooth decay or abscess, this will not go away on its own, even if the pain desists and will still be causing further damage to the tooth and jaw, please call our office for an appointment.

Broken crowns and fillings

If possible try place the crown back into its original position and secure it with toothpaste and immediately call us. Do not attempt to reattach the broken or loosened restoration with glue or any over-the-counter adhesive products. In the case of a lost filling, you can temporarily fill the spot with sugarless gum and immediately contact us for an appointment.

Contact Dental 359

We want to ensure you that we can help with all dental emergencies and will do everything we can to maximise your chance of a full and successful recovery. Please call Dental 359 on 1300 625 625 for your dental emergency needs.

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