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We understand that a dental emergency can happen unexpectedly and at the most inopportune moments. Bytes of Northcote can help fix your problem; such as a broken tooth, a crown that fell off or a cracked veneer. We will always do our best to schedule your appointment as soon as possible and help to get you out of pain. Call us on 9489 9489 24hrs 7 days a week.
Common Dental Emergencies -
Here are some helpful hints that can help when common dental emergencies arise.
Many conditions can cause toothaches. Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean it out. Gently use dental floss to ensure there is no food or other debris caught between the teeth. Never put aspirin or any other painkiller against the gums near the aching tooth, as it may burn the gum tissue. If you are experiencing pain, swelling, fever, and/or generalised weakness you believe is related to a tooth problem, please call us immediately as this could indicate a serious medical condition.
A broken or cracked tooth may or may not be painful. Stop any bleeding by applying gentle pressure. Rinse the area with warm water to cleanse. Use a cold compress to keep swelling down and call us immediately.
Knocked Out Tooth:
Call us immediately! Hold the tooth by the crown and rinse off the root of the tooth in water if it’s dirty. Do not scrub it or remove any attached fragments. If possible, gently insert and hold the tooth in its socket. If that isn’t possible, put the tooth in a cup of milk and come to us as quickly as possible. Don’t forget to bring the tooth with you!
Lost Filling or Broken Crown:
A lost filling may be replaced with temporary material in an emergency. The filling should then be replaced permanently by our dentists to prevent decay from food and bacteria. A lost crown should be re-cemented to avoid decay on the remaining tooth structure. A small amount of temporary material or even toothpaste or denture adhesive can be used to hold the crown in place until you can be seen by our dentist. Call us in this event and we will book you in as soon as possible.
Bitten Lip or Tongue:
Clean the area gently with a cloth and apply cold compresses to reduce any swelling. If the bleeding doesn’t stop, go to a hospital emergency room immediately.
Possible Broken Jaw:
Apply cold compresses to control swelling. Go to the nearest hospital emergency room immediately. Thousands of dental emergencies—from minor injuries to an abscessed tooth—take place every day. Knowing what to do can lessen the pain and save a tooth that might otherwise be lost.
When dental emergencies are shrugged aside or ignored, permanent damage and severe oral health symptoms can occur. If you are experiencing a dental emergency, contact our office immediately so we can assist you and your situation as soon as possible. Keep in mind that applying an ice pack to the affected area can help reduce inflammation until you receive treatment. If you find yourself with an after-hours dental emergency, please call us on 9489 9489. We are here to help!