Emergency dental help 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 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!
Common dental emergencies
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.
Toothache and swelling
Swelling is often caused by an infection known as an abscess. Aside from swelling, symptoms of a dental abscess include severe pain, tenderness to the touch and throbbing pain. Your cheek might also feel warm.
If you have any swelling, contact us immediately, as there can be serious consequences such as septicaemia (bacterial infection of the blood). Once we’ve given you the treatment you need, it should quickly start to reduce. We might prescribe antibiotics to soothe any pain.
If your tooth is causing extreme pain, in some cases the best thing to do is extract it. Before you make the decision 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.
Knocked out teeth
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.
Fractured teeth and loose fillings
Both fractured teeth and loose fillings can cause pain and sensitivity, especially if your tooth nerve is exposed. Sharp edges can also cut the tongue and cheek. 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.
Missing crowns or veneers
As crowns and veneers are cemented onto the tooth, they can cause sensitivity if they become loose, leaving your tooth exposed. We’ll re-cement your crown or veneer without breaking a sweat. If you have lost the original crown or veneer, a new one can usually be made and fitted in one day with our CEREC technology so you don’t have to walk around with a missing tooth.
Contact us in Oakleigh for emergency dental help.
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.
Call us on 9568 8911
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.