If you have a dental emergency in and around Sunbury, we will see you promptly; we specially reserve time in our daily schedules for patients with emergency needs.
Accidents do happen, and knowing what to do when one occurs can make a big difference.
Knocked Out Tooth
If a tooth has been completely knocked out, ensure you only hold the tooth by its crown – which is the part of the tooth you can see when you look in the mouth. Gently rinse off the root of the tooth in milk (not water) if it’s dirty. Handle the tooth as little as possible. Do not rub or attempt to wash the tooth or remove any attached tissue fragments, as this can damage it. If possible, gently insert and hold the tooth in its socket. If that isn’t possible, put the tooth in a cup of milk (not water) and contact our office so we know you are on your way and require immediate attention. Remember to bring the tooth with you.
Objects Caught Between Teeth
If you believe you have an object caught between your teeth, please try to gently remove the object with dental floss or an interdental cleaner; trying to avoid cutting the gums. Do not use a sharp instrument to remove any object that is stuck between your teeth. If you can’t dislodge the object using dental floss, contact our practice.
Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean it out. Gently use dental floss or an interdental cleaner to ensure that there is no food or other debris caught between the teeth. If this does not improve your symptoms, please contact the practice to arrange an appointment and seek advice. Never put aspirin or any other painkiller against the gums near the aching tooth because it may burn the gum tissue. If you experience facial swelling in conjunction with a tooth ache, please contact the practice immediately or visit your health care professional.
Rinse your mouth gently with warm water and try to keep the area clean. If you can find the broken fragment, keep it and bring it in to our practice when you attend for your appointment. If it is painful, contact us immediately.
Bitten Lip or Tongue
Clean the area gently with a cloth and apply cold compresses to reduce any swelling. If the bleeding doesn’t stop, go to a hospital emergency room.
If you experience a sharp pain when you bite down which disappears with removal of the pressure, you might have a cracked tooth. Cracked teeth can be difficult to diagnose as it can often be difficult to see the crack, even with an x ray. Depending on the size and location of the crack, treatment can vary from replacing a filling in the tooth to root canal treatment.
Cracks are common & in the early stages are asymptomatic. It is important to attend for regular checkups to enable early diagnosis and a simpler treatment.
Avoid chewing on that side and call our practice.
Apply cold compresses to control swelling. Attend a hospital emergency department immediately.
Once the injury has been attended to, please notify our practice at your convenience so we can organise attending to any tooth injuries and can plan your future treatment.
There are a number of simple precautions you can take to avoid accident and injury to your teeth.
Attend for regular checkups. Dental conditions usually only present with pain when they are advanced. If you attend for regular checkups your dentist can often spot the condition early, preventing unnecessary pain and enabling the dentist to perform simpler treatments.
Wear a mouthguard when participating in sports or recreational activities that may pose a risk.
Avoid chewing hard substances such as ice, popcorn kernels and hard candy, all of which can crack a tooth. Cut tape using scissors rather than your teeth and maintain good oral hygiene – this reduces the number of bacteria living in your mouth and reduces the chance of an infection occurring.
Pain is often a sign that something is wrong. Contact our surgery as soon as possible to discuss your emergency and to make an appointment
For Emergencies Please Contact Macedon Street Dental in Sunbury on 03 9744 3677