Dental emergency tips
Knowing what to do in an emergency can relieve some pain and discomfort and help you avoid making the situation worse. It's still important that you visit the dentist so we can give you a complete check-up and discuss any treatments that may be needed to prevent further problems.
My tooth has been knocked out
If a knocked-out tooth is still intact and you can see a dentist within 1 hour, there's a chance it could be reattached. To improve the chance of saving your tooth:
- Pick up the tooth by the crown (the visible part of the tooth) and don't touch the roots
- If the tooth is dirty, rub it gently with milk or saliva (not water)
- Try to place the tooth back into the socket and bite down on a clean cloth to hold it in place
- If the tooth doesn't fit, store it in a container or plastic wrap with milk or saliva to keep it moist (not water)
- Visit an emergency dentist as soon as possible
If a tooth can't be reattached, you should still make an appointment to see a dentist so we can check your mouth for any other injuries or infection. We can also discuss options such as a dental implant or bridge for replacing the tooth.
We recommend replacing a missing tooth so that the teeth on either side of the gap don't become crooked.
My tooth is chipped or cracked
A chipped or cracked tooth can be vulnerable to infection or cause further injuries, so it's important to see a dentist as soon as possible to discuss your treatment options.
If a chipped tooth is sharp, you should cover it with a clean cloth or a piece of sugar-free chewing gum to prevent injuries to the soft tissues in your mouth.
A small crack may be sealed using dental bonding or a filling, but for a larger crack or a chipped tooth we'll usually recommend repairing the tooth with a dental crown.
Crowns are custom made by our dentists to restore the look and function of the original tooth. At Sailors Bay Dentistry, we offer same day CEREC crowns that can sometimes restore a tooth in a single visit.
My tooth has come loose
If a tooth feels loose or has come dislodged, but it's still partly attached to your mouth, there's a good chance it could be saved if you see a dentist straight away. To improve the chance of saving the tooth:
- Don't touch the tooth, as this could cause it to fall out
- Bite down on a clean cloth to hold the tooth in place
- If your mouth feels painful, place a cold compress or ice pack against the outside of your cheek
- Visit an emergency dentist to see if the tooth can be bonded back into position or discuss other treatments
I've lost a filling or crown
If you lose a filling, crown or other dental restoration, you might find it difficult to eat and your mouth might be more vulnerable to infections. Book an emergency appointment at our clinic so we can discuss your options for restoring the tooth.
White fillings and CEREC crowns and bridges can be placed in a single appointment. If you choose a traditional crown, this will involve several visits as your replacement crown will need to be manufactured in a dental laboratory.
I have a toothache
A toothache can be a common symptom of many different dental problems. If your toothache or dental pain has come on suddenly, you should book an appointment to see an emergency dentist for a diagnosis and possible treatment before a problem gets worse.
To help ease the pain of a toothache while you're waiting for your appointment, we recommend:
- Avoiding hot, cold or sweet food and drinks
- Using over-the-counter pain relief medication
- Rinsing your mouth with salt water to prevent infection
- Placing a cold compress or ice pack against the outside of your cheek
Whatever type of dental emergency you have, call our team at Sailors Bay Dentistry on (02) 9958 0400 to speak to an emergency dentist in Sydney North Shore today.
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