Dental emergencies can occur at any moment – often without warning and not every dental practice offers emergency services
Northshore Dental and Oral Health know that patients can be unsure of what to do in a dental emergency. Contacting a dentist in an emergency can mean the difference between having a lingering painful experience versus treating the symptoms and dental problem quickly and comfortably.
The three main emergencies we see at our Pacific Paradise clinic is:
- A painful tooth that needs root canal therapy
- An emergency extraction of a tooth or teeth
- Accidents and trauma
Does every dentist offer emergency dentistry?
Not every dental practice has the capabilities of providing their patients emergency services. Accidents happen when you least expect it and often you can be in a situation where you may need immediate dental assistance but aren’t sure which practice to call.
No matter if the pain is only minor, it may be a precursor for more serious problems in a dental emergency, call us on ph. 0439 715 963.
What do i do in a dental emergency?
If you or a loved one is experiencing a dental emergency, these tips can ease the pain or anxiety until you reach the dentists at Northshore Dental and Oral Health practice.
Rinse the mouth out with a salt water solution and contact us immediately. Try to locate the missing tooth and bring it with you. You have a higher chance of saving the tooth if it’s put back in within the first hour.
Again, rinse your mouth out with a salt water solution and clean the area around the teeth. If your mouth begins to bleed apply pressure to stop the bleeding. If it continues to bleed for more than 15 minutes, contact us immediately.
If your gums are bleeding try to manage the bleeding yourself with a moist gauze on the area. If your bleeding doesn’t stop you will need to see a dentist immediately. Never treat bleeding gums as a natural dental occurrence.
An infection around partially erupted wisdom teeth is known as pericoronitis. This infection is often caused by food particles and bacteria getting lodged under the gum flap.
The symptoms of pericoronitis are swollen and painful gum tissue and surrounding areas like the ear. For immediate pain relief rinse your mouth with a salt-water solution and call us to book an appointment for immediate dental care.
Rinse your mouth with a warm salt-water solution to try to loosen the object. If it has loosened enough try to remove it gently. Don’t try to remove it by force or using any instruments that can further damage your gums or teeth. If the object is still lodged between your teeth, contact us.
Many patients will attempt to fix their dentures themselves usually with glue. This is not recommended and as we make and fix dentures right in our Pacific Paradise clinic so the best thing you can do is to bring the damaged denture to us to get it professionally repaired.
We offer emergency treatment and appointments 7 days a week. Ensure you write down our out of hours helpline ph. 0439 715 963 to ensure you get the correct, professional care in a dental emergency.