You never expect a dental emergency to happen, but it’s great to know there is help when you need it.
We are happy and prepared to help you with all your dental emergencies, even if you have never been to see us before. We keep a number of appointments free during the day for such emergencies but it is imperative that you call us first thing in the morning, around 9am, to secure your spot. If you call before opening hours and have to leave a voice-mail message, please do so – we will always get back to you as soon as possible and try our very best to accommodate you.
If you do choose to visit us, you can rest assured that your comfort is our priority. Dr Darren Burch has almost 20 years of dentistry behind him and is highly experienced in Root Canal Treatment, extractions and trauma (the most common dental emergencies).
For emergency treatment, please call us on 4755 1360.
Any dental emergency like an injury to the teeth or gums can be potentially serious and should not be ignored. Ignoring a dental problem can increase the risk of permanent damage as well as the need for more extensive and expensive treatment later on.
In the meantime, while you are waiting to attend your appointment with us, here are some hints to help with your dental emergency :
Toothache : First, thoroughly rinse your mouth with warm salty water. Use dental floss to remove any lodged food. If your mouth is swollen, apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth or cheek. Never put aspirin or any other painkiller against the gums near the aching tooth as it may burn the gum tissue.
Chipped or broken teeth : Save any pieces. Rinse the mouth using warm water; rinse any broken pieces. If there’s bleeding, apply a piece of gauze to the area for about 10 minutes or until the bleeding stops. Apply a cold compress to the outside of the mouth, cheek, or lip near the broken tooth to keep any swelling down and relieve pain.
Knocked out tooth : Keep the tooth, hold it by the crown, and rinse off the tooth root with water if it’s dirty. Do not scrub it or remove any attached tissue fragments. If possible, try to put the tooth back in place. Make sure it’s facing the right way. Never force it into the socket. If it’s not possible to reinsert the tooth in the socket, put the tooth in a small container of milk (or cup of water that contains a pinch of table salt, if milk is not available. In all cases, see your dentist as quickly as possible. Knocked out teeth with the highest chances of being saved are those seen by the dentist and returned to their socket within 1 hour of being knocked out.
Abcesses : Abscesses are infections that occur around the root of a tooth or in the space between the teeth and gums. Abscesses are a very serious condition that can damage tissue and surrounding teeth, with the infection possibly spreading to other parts of the body if left untreated. See your dentist as soon as possible if you discover a pimple-like swelling on your gum. In the meantime, to ease the pain and draw the pus toward the surface, try rinsing your mouth with a mild salt water solution (1/2 teaspoon of table salt in 8 ounces of water) several times a day.
Injuries to soft tissue : Injuries to the soft tissues, which include the tongue, cheeks, gums, and lips, can result in bleeding. To control the bleeding, here’s what to do:
- Rinse your mouth with a mild salt-water solution.
- Use a moistened piece of gauze to apply pressure to the bleeding site. Hold in place for 15 to 20 minutes.
- To both control bleeding and relieve pain, hold a cold compress to the outside of the mouth or cheek in the affected area for 5 to 10 minutes.
- If the bleeding doesn’t stop, see your dentist right away or go to a hospital emergency room. Continue to apply pressure on the bleeding site with the gauze until you can be seen and treated.
Broken braces and wires : If a wire breaks or sticks out of a bracket or band and is poking your cheek, tongue, or gum, try using the eraser end of a pencil to push the wire into a more comfortable position. If you can’t reposition the wire, cover the end with orthodontic wax, a small cotton ball, or piece of gauze until you can get to your dental appointment.
Loose brackets and bands : Temporarily reattach loose braces with a small piece of orthodontic wax. Alternatively, place the wax over the braces to provide a cushion.