Dental emergencies can be frightening and often painful. Please contact Healthview Dental on (03) 5275 6688 and we will strive to resolve your dental emergency as soon as possible. Often we will endeavour to provide same day emergency appointments.
Types of dental emergencies and how to deal with them
Avulsed tooth (tooth knocked out)
If a tooth has been knocked out of the mouth, it is essential to see an emergency dentist immediately. When a tooth exits the mouth, tissues, nerves and blood vessels become damaged. The faster a tooth can be placed back into its socket, the higher the chance the tissues will grow to support the tooth once again.
Here are some steps to take:
If a tooth is avulsed, make sure it is a permanent tooth (primary teeth should not be replanted).
- Keep the patient calm
- Call the dentist.
- Find the tooth and pick it up by the crown (the white part). Avoid touching the root.
- If the tooth is dirty, wash it briefly (10 seconds) under cold running water and reposition it. Try to encourage the patient or parent to replant the tooth. Bite on a handkerchief to hold it in position.
- If this is not possible, place the tooth in a suitable storage medium, such as a glass of milk or a special storage media for avulsed teeth if available (e.g. Hanks balanced storage medium or saline). The tooth can also be transported in the mouth, keeping it between the molars and the inside of the cheek. If the patient is very young, he or she could swallow the tooth – therefore it is advisable to get the patient to spit in a container and place the tooth in it. Avoid storage in water!
- Seek emergency dental treatment immediately.
The emergency dentist will try to replace the tooth in its natural socket. In some cases the tooth will reattach, but if the inner mechanisms of the teeth are seriously damaged, root canal therapy or tooth replacement options may be necessary.
Lost filling or crown
A crown or filling may come loose while eating. Once it is out of the mouth, the affected tooth may be sensitive to temperature changes and pressure.
If a crown has come loose, make a dental appointment as soon as possible. Keep the crown in a safe place because there is a possibility that the dentist can reinsert it.
The dentist will check the crown to see if it still fits. If it does, it will be recemented to the tooth. If decay is present, this will be treated as needed and a new crown will be made if required.
Cracked or broken teeth
Teeth are strong, but they are still prone to fractures or cracks. Fractures can range from sensitivity to severe discomfort.
Fractures may be caused from trauma, grinding or general wear and tear. If a tooth has been fractured or cracked, it is recommended to see a dentist as quickly as possible.
The nature of the fracture will determine what treatment options are suitable. Treatment may range from a simple filling to a root canal treatment and a crown. Your dentist at Healthview Dental will discuss all treatment options available.
At Healthview Dental we can perform detailed dental examinations to detect the source of the pain and provide a range of treatments, including dental veneers and implants, as well as restorative dentistry
We provide dental services to people from Corio, Norlane, Lara and throughout Geelong.