Emergency Dentist Appointments

Emergency Dentist Appointments Oakleigh

Emergency dentist appointments available in Oakleigh

Dental emergencies can strike at any time, and it’s understandable to feel distressed, especially if you’ve lost a tooth. But don’t worry, we’re right here in Oakleigh with emergency dentist appointments when you need us.

We understand that patients who are genuinely in pain need to have their dental emergency treated as a priority, which is why we always try to keep some space available in our appointment books every day for patients requiring emergency dental treatments in Melbourne.

We pride ourselves on our ability to provide gold standard dentistry in our friendly, comfortable environment. The same applies for our emergency service and we strive to have you smiling again ASAP!

What is considered a dental emergency?

Here is a list of what are considered common dental emergencies that our dentists will treat at our Oakleigh dental clinic. 

  • Severe toothaches
  • Chipped or broken tooth
  • Knocked-out tooth
  • Partially dislodged tooth
  • Lost filling
  • Lost crown or veneer
  • Trapped object between teeth
  • Broken brackets, bands or wires
  • Loose brackets, bands and wires
  • Gum abscesses and swollen gums
  • Soft tissue injuries
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What to do in a dental emergency?

Often, a patient may be hesitant to label their concern as a dental emergency, and therefore might not seek the medical attention they need immediately. It’s important to familiarise yourself with the following common dental emergencies, in case you or your loved ones find yourselves in the following situations.

What to do about a toothache?

Common causes of toothache include swollen gums or infected teeth. Your teeth (and gums) may be tender to the touch and throb with pain. Your cheek might also feel warm.

Rinse your mouth with warm, salty water. Then, use over-the-counter paracetamol or ibuprofen according to the directions on the packet. Don’t use painkiller gels, as they can burn the gum tissue.

You can apply a cold compress to your cheek to reduce swelling in 10-minute intervals. Then, contact us so that we can see you as soon as possible.

In some cases, extracting the tooth is the best way to relieve extreme pain. Before you decide to have an extraction, we’ll talk you through the alternatives to help you make up your mind. We’ll also discuss tooth replacement options with you once you’re on the road to recovery.

What to do about a knocked out tooth?

Accidents happen, and we understand that having a tooth knocked out can be pretty stressful. But try not to panic! If you get to us soon enough, it might be possible to replace your tooth.

Pick the tooth up by the crown, give it a gentle clean with milk or saliva (yes, you lick it clean) and place it back in the socket, but don’t try to force it in place.

If you’re unable to do this, place the tooth in a container of milk or the side of your cheek and bring it with you.

Whatever you do, don’t use water to clean your tooth.

What to do about a partially dislodged tooth?

Due to an impact injury, your tooth (or teeth) may partially move out of position.

Firstly, gently rinse your mouth with lukewarm water, and carefully try to move your tooth into place.

Then, contact us straight away so we can see you quickly, to prevent long-term tooth damage.

What to do about a chipped or broken tooth?

Chipped, broken or fractured teeth can cause pain and sensitivity, especially if your tooth nerve is exposed. Sharp edges can also cut the tongue and cheek.

Try to find the broken part of the tooth, and store it in a container of full cream milk (or in between your gums) so that it doesn’t dry out. Next, rinse your mouth with warm water, apply gauze or cotton to the site of trauma, and use a cold compress on your cheek to reduce the swelling.

When you come to us, we can provide immediate treatment to help calm the pain using our CEREC technology and prevent further serious and costly damage to the tooth and mouth.

What you should do if you’ve lost a filling, crown or veneer?

Over time, fillings, crowns and veneers can sometimes become dislodged. Exposed or jagged edges can cut into the cheek or tongue.

As crowns and veneers are cemented onto the tooth, they can cause sensitivity if they become loose, exposing your tooth. We’ll re-cement your crown or veneer without breaking a sweat.

At home, apply a piece of sugar-free gum onto the area with the lost filling or crown, to prevent rubbing on the tongue or cheek. Take over-the-counter ibuprofen or paracetamol as directed to relieve the pain before coming into our clinic.

For a lost crown or veneer, bring it with you in a clean container, and we may be able to reattach it. Otherwise, we can use our CEREC technology to create and reaffix a new crown or veneer, so you don’t have to walk around with a missing tooth. 

For a lost filling, we will need to apply a new filling to the tooth.

What to do about soft tissue injuries to cheeks, gums, tongue or lips?

Due to a range of factors such as impact trauma or food choices you may have bruises, cuts, punctures or bleeding in the gum, mouth, tongue or lip tissue.

Gently rinse your mouth with lukewarm water, and apply pressure with a clean piece of gauze or cotton. After 10 minutes, the bleeding should stop.

Contact us to arrange an emergency dental appointment. We will assess the situation and treat the injury. You may need stitches.

If we are unavailable, please see your local GP.

What to do about bleeding gums, swollen gums and gum abscesses?

Dental abscesses are often the cause of bleeding, swollen or sore gums. Abscesses are the buildup of pus in the gum tissue, and if left untreated, can result in a trip to the hospital. Septicaemia (a bacterial infection of the blood) can occur without rapid attention.

Contact us straightaway, so we can determine how the swelling has happened. Once we’ve given you the treatment you need, your gum pain should reduce quickly. We might prescribe antibiotics to soothe any pain.

What to do if you have a trapped object between your teeth?

Sometimes, food or other objects get trapped between teeth and gums. Besides being annoying, your teeth and gums can become easily damaged or infected if you can’t remove the object.

At home, use dental floss to try to remove the object. If it’s still there, contact us as soon as you can so we can remove it for you.

What to do about broken brackets, bands or wires?

Sometimes, the brackets, bands and wires which make up your braces can break. Before coming in to visit us for professional replacement, here are some things you can do at home.

If a bracket or band becomes dislodged completely, pack it in a clean bag, and we’ll reattach it.

If the wire connecting your brackets breaks, this will cause irritation to the mouth and tongue tissue.

Rinse your mouth with lukewarm salty water to keep it clean, and to ease any pain. Place a piece of orthodontic wax or sugar-free gum on the end of the wire before you come to see us.

What to do about loose brackets, bands and wires?

Orthodontic components like brackets wires or bands sometimes become loose. The loosening can occur due to a change in bite, eating sticky or hard foods, or habits such as chewing on pens or pencils.

When a bracket becomes loose, you can temporarily reattach it with orthodontic wax, before coming to see us for permanent reattachment.

A loose band can cause a chocking hazard, so it will need to be removed by using a clean pair of tweezers. Pack it in a clean bag and contact us for immediate reattachment.

To bend a loose wire back into place, you may be able to use the eraser at the end of a pencil. If the loose wire is poking into your cheek or gum, use a set of tweezers to try to thread the wire back into the bracket. You will need to see us if you can’t put the wire back into place.

Contact us in Oakleigh for an emergency dental appointment

At our Oakleigh dental clinic, we understand how uncomfortable and upsetting dental emergencies can be, which is why we want to help you at the earliest opportunity. No matter what your emergency.

If you’re not sure whether your case is an emergency, call us and we will do our best to diagnose it over the phone.

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