Dental emergencies can happen at any time day or night and will often occur at the most inconvenient moments. Whether your emergency is a knocked-out tooth, swollen gums or a toothache, we’re here to help. Dr Alan has over 10 years of experience in caring for all kinds of dental emergencies. Do you have a dental emergency? Even if your emergency occurs after hours, please still call us on (08) 6192 1036 and we will look after you as soon as we can.
In the meantime, here are some tips that you may find useful before you see Dr Alan.
Clean the area gently with warm water. If its not too sore, try to floss away any food particles away from the sore tooth. A cold compress can help with any swelling in the affected area. The local pharmacists in Ellenbrook can assist you with over-the-counter pain relief, but you still need to see a dentist. If you medicate the pain without seeking treatment, the infection can spread and can sometimes even become life threatening.
For Knocked-out Teeth
Please stay calm and look for the tooth. Once you have found the tooth, hold only the top of the tooth and not the root. Rinse the tooth in regular milk or swish the tooth in a small cup of your own saliva to clear any dirt or debris- do not use water! Next, try to place the root back into the socket by holding only the top(crown) of the tooth. If you are unable to do this, place the tooth in a small sealed container or zip lock bag immersed in either milk or your own saliva and call us straight away for an emergency appointment.
For Chipped or Cracked Teeth
The advice is very similar to having a Knocked-out Tooth. Dr Alan recommends that you keep the fractured piece of tooth in a small sealed container or zip lock bag immersed in either milk or saliva. If you have lost or swallowed the fractured piece of tooth, there is a good chance your tooth can still be restored with dental restorations. Sensitive toothpaste can be applied to the cracked tooth to relieve any sensitivity in the area. To avoid further breakage of what is left of the tooth, call us as early as possible to secure an appointment.
Have you lost a Filling or a Crown?
Sometimes decay can seep in under fillings and crowns which can loosen the restoration until it eventually falls out. If you have some food-grade clove oil on hand, you can try dipping a cotton swab in clove oil to gently clean the exposed part of the tooth. It is important to see a dentist before the exposed part of the tooth becomes sensitive to hot or cold food to ensure the nerve inside the tooth does not become infected.
What can you do to prevent Dental Emergencies?
The best way to prevent dental emergencies is to work on a preventive dental plan with your dentist at your general examination appointments. Dr Alan will advise you on what may pose potential risks in your teeth and give you tailored advice on how to prevent them. There is also of course, the general rule of always using a custom fitted mouthguard when playing sport or taking part in other recreational activities. We also recommend that you don’t use your teeth to open beer bottles, bags of chips, or any other types of food packaging!