Emergency Dentist West End
What do you do if you have a dental emergency? Well depending on the emergency will determine the course of action.
Advice from a dental clinic that does offer emergency and out of hours’ service.
The first key factor to remember is KEEP CALM, deep controlled breaths enable you to concentrate and think clearly to deal with the situation.
If a tooth is knocked out, a term we call avulsed, where the whole tooth and root is intact. The steps are
- Do not touch the root of the tooth
- Clean any debris off the tooth with saline, milk or clean water
- Place the tooth back into the socket – if this is not possible
- The tooth is to be placed into the ‘owners’ mouth, inside of the cheek (buccal sulcus) be careful not to swallow the tooth
- If this is not possible, keep the tooth in a glass of milk
Call your dentist for an emergency appointment and make sure you take the tooth so they can place the tooth back into the socket.
A partially avulsed tooth is one that has been dislodged or moved out of position. In this case, you can attempt to put it back in place by applying slight pressure on it, being very careful not to push too hard. Once it’s back in position it’s best to immediately seek emergency dental treatment
Severe pain swelling or bleeding is also deemed a dental emergency.
A raging pulsating toothache that has not subsided with over the counter pain relief will usually require an urgent dental appointment and is potentially a dental abscess.
An appointment is required as soon as possible for root canal therapy or extraction
Cuts and wounds to lips cheeks, gums and mouth can be treated initially at home.
- Rinsing the area with warm salt water.
- This will cleanse the area.
- Apply pressure with a damp clean cloth and contact our emergency service on 0488 005 622 to arrange your appointment
Bleeding after a recent extraction
- apply firm pressure with a clean cloth, or sterile gauze for 30 minutes
- if bleeding has not stopped, contact your dentist.
Broken and chipped teeth need to be assessed as soon as possible, infection can enter a broken tooth and can lead to infection, and a decay if left untreated
Unfortunately, dental emergencies can sometime be hard to avoid. There are some precautions such as wearing custom fit mouth guards, not opening objects with your teeth – yes beer bottles, and being careful when eating hard foods can help reduce the risk of injuries.
Routine dental checks are key to dental health, and can help prevent dental emergencies
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This post was written by Letooth