What to do During a Dental Emergency

As a family dental practice, it’s common for us to see adults and children in the area with dental emergencies. If you or your youngster has broken a tooth or is experiencing discomfort, here are the emergency basics that you need to know about.


Pain Control

 Most tooth pain is caused by swelling. If your doctor has cleared you to take NSAIDs like ibuprofen, that’s usually the best way to temporarily alleviate discomfort. Listen to your body: chronic discomfort or shooting pain through your mouth means something significant is going on and needs to be treated.


Knocked Out or Chipped Teeth

 From slipping in the bathtub to getting hit during recreational sports, a dental emergency can happen just about any day of the week. If possible, locate the tooth fragment that’s been knocked out. Don’t rub it clean, but it is ok to gently rinse it under running water. For whole teeth, try to place it back into the socket. Otherwise, store your tooth or fragment in a closed container of milk, saline, or contact solution and bring it to our dentist immediately.


Broken Dental Work

Sometimes all it takes is eating a meal to loosen an old filling or crown that is starting to wear out. If you’ve broken a bridge or other type of dental work, store it in a zip-top bag and bring it to our office. It could be that the old restoration can be bonded back in place, but the fact that it fell out may mean that something else was going on underneath it.

If you’ve experienced a dental emergency, call the Melbourne Centre for Dentistry immediately. Our practices in Brighton and Ferntree Gully will be happy to accommodate you as quickly as possible. Families with children are welcome! Call now.


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