What to do in a Dental Emergency:
If you are suffering from a dental emergency, you should seek help as soon as possible.
The following is a list of common dental emergencies and instructions as to what you should do if you are unable to receive treatment immediately.
We offer after hours support to anyone who has dental needs and wants to be seen immediately by our on call dentist. Please note that an emergency call out charge of $120 may be payable after hours.
We endeavour to accommodate as best we can. Surry Hills Dental Centre has the latest ceramic lab on site and experienced dentists, you will be on the road as soon as possible.
For more information regarding what to do in a dental emergency, please contact us anytime for friendly assistance.
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Clean any irritating debris from your mouth by rinsing with warm SALT water; if possible, floss gently to remove any particles from between the affected region/teeth. A cold compress on the cheek, Panadol & ibuprofen may also help relieve pain, though use as instructed.
If your toothache is so severe that you are unable to sleep or bite down, or if over-the-counter medications are not helping to reduce pain; you should seek immediate treatment as infection & can spread further and rapidly and in severe cases become life-threatening.
Seek immediate treatment! Your tooth may be saved if the dentist can replace it in the socket within two hours.
If the tooth has fallen out of your mouth, hold the tooth by the top, rinse it gently and try to place it back into the socket (don’t push). If it doesn’t slip back into place, fill a small pillbox or other clean container with a little milk or lightly salted water, put the tooth in it and take it with you to the dentist.
Call us and seek immediate treatment. Put the dislodged crown in a small plastic bag and take it with you to the dentist. Being seen as soon as possible can prevent infection in the roots of the tooth or unsettled nerve complications.
Loose or Lost Fillings:
Seek treatment promptly as situation for tooth involved may worsen, become un-restorable or develop into toothache / hypersensitivity.
Broken or Cracked Tooth:
A tooth can be chipped, broken, or knocked out during sports or chewing on something too hard for the tooth to withstand.
You will need to see a dentist. If you have chipped a tooth, it may be jagged, which can irritate your mouth and tongue. The dentist may smooth the edges or fill in the part that chipped off. The dentist may need to put a crown or ¾ crown on a broken tooth to cover the tooth and hold it together. Prompt dental treatment can often prevent infection in the tooth or help it to settle faster.
How can you care for yourself at home?
- To relieve pain and swelling, put ice or a cold cloth on the tooth’s gum or cheek area, or suck on a piece of ice. But if the tooth’s nerve or pulp is exposed, avoid putting anything too hot or cold near the tooth until you see your dentist.
- Ask your doctor if you can take an over-the-counter pain medicine, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), or naproxen (Aleve). Be safe with medicines. Read and follow all instructions on the label.
- If your doctor prescribed antibiotics, take them as directed. Do not stop taking them just because you feel better. You need to take the full course of antibiotics.
- To help healing, rinse your mouth with warm salt water right after meals. To make a saltwater solution, mix 1 teaspoon of salt in 1 cup of warm water.
- Eat soft foods that are easy to chew.
- Avoid foods that might sting, such as salty or spicy foods, citrus fruits, and tomatoes.
- If your tooth is loose, be gentle when you brush or floss. But be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day.
When should you call for help?
Call us now or seek immediate medical care if:
- You have signs of infection, such as:
– Increased pain or swelling in your mouth.
– Red streaks leading from the gum tissue around the tooth.
– Pus draining from the area around the tooth.
– A fever.
- You have pain and swelling after chipping or breaking a tooth.
- You have extra sensitivity on hot or cold or sweets.
- You are not able to open or close your mouth normally.