When to call?
If you’re not sure if a dental problem is an emergency, our dentists offer this advice: If it hurts, it’s an emergency. This is because even injuries that seem small or superficial can affect the living tissues inside the teeth. Quick treatment improves the odds of saving injured or damaged teeth.
Even if you aren’t in much pain, any structural damage to a tooth, from a sports injury, for example, should be considered an emergency. Chips or fractures can affect the living tissue inside the tooth, causing more problems in the future. A dentist can prevent the damage from getting worse.
The same is true of a lost filling or crown. Even if you don’t have any symptoms, the tooth has lost its support and it could easily become weaker. Pieces could break off or crumble, and you would need more extensive treatment. If you see our dentist right away, there’s a good chance that we will be able to repair the damage with minimal treatment.
Dental Emergency Procedures – can help save a tooth
Handling a dental emergency can be tricky when you or a loved one is in pain, but a quick and appropriate reaction can help save a tooth in danger. The Australian Dental Association recommends that you become familiar with these dental emergency procedures just in case you ever have a dental emergency.
If a toothache is getting you down, rinse your mouth with warm water, gently floss to remove food that may be trapped around it and call Swinburne Dental as soon as possible. Do NOT apply aspirin to the tooth or gum tissues.
If a tooth is knocked out, hold the tooth by the crown and rinse the root in water if it’s dirty. Do NOT scrub it or remove any attached tissue fragments. If you can, gently place the tooth back in its socket or store it in a cup of milk and call Swinburne Dental immediately.
If you break a tooth, rinse your mouth with warm water to keep the area clean and apply cold compresses on your face to reduce swelling. Call Swinburne Dental immediately.
Treat a bitten tongue or lip by cleaning gently with a cloth and applying cold compresses to reduce swelling. If bleeding is heavy or doesn’t stop after a short time, seek immediate treatment from Swinburne Dental or the hospital emergency room.
A jaw injury or possible fracture needs immediate attention at a hospital emergency room. Apply cold compresses on the way to reduce swelling.
If a loose or broken wire from your braces is irritating your mouth, cover the wire end with a small cotton ball, beeswax or a piece of gauze until you can get your orthodontist or call Swinburne Dental. Seek immediate treatment if a wire gets stuck in the cheek, tongue or gum tissue, but don’t try to pull it out yourself.