Same Day Appointments are Available for Dental Emergencies
What to do when you experience a Dental Emergency
If you’re experiencing a dental problem that requires urgent attention, please contact us immediately and we will endeavour to schedule you a same day appointment.
My Dental Health offers emergency dental care for existing patients, as well as new patients. The following is a list of problems that may require immediate dental care.
Common Dental Emergencies
- Cracked Tooth
- Chipped Tooth
- Broken Tooth
- Knocked-Out Tooth
- Broken Crown
- Lost Filling
- Broken Filling
- Wisdom Tooth Pain
- Facial Swelling
- Chipped Veneers
- Infection & Abscess
- Possible Broken Jaw
- Problems with Braces and Retainers
While waiting to see the dentist, the following are useful instructions for dental emergencies
Broken, chipped or cracked tooth
Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the affected area and prevent infection. Wrap an ice pack in a soft hand towel and place it on the area. Take any pieces of tooth and gently rinse with warm water. Place the tooth fragment in a wet gauze or towel and bring it with you to the dentist.
Lost filling or crown
Wrap an ice pack in a soft hand towel and place it on the affected area. If you found the missing filling or crown, rinse it in warm water to ensure it’s kept clean. Place it in a sealed bag and bring it with you when seeing the dentist. Tooth wax can be used to cover the hole in the interim but do not use any household adhesives in your mouth.
Possible broken jaw
Do not move your jaw. Wrap an ice pack in a soft hand towel and place it on the affected area, in order to minimise swelling. See your dentist or a medical clinic immediately.
What to take for pain?
Do not take aspirin if you are experiencing a dental emergency. Aspirin is an anticoagulant and can therefore cause excessive bleeding. We recommend taking paracetamol to control pain. Once examined, the dentist will advise as to the appropriate medication required.
It is important to remember that injuries to teeth and gums can result in infection and other secondary problems, therefore it’s important to schedule an appointment promptly.