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Many residents in Norlane and its surrounding areas will undergo at least one dental emergency in their lives. Teeth can break, and crowns can be damaged or lost, swelling can cause pain, and dental appliances (braces, bridges, etc.) can break. In case of a dental emergency, it is essential to see your Norlane emergency dentist as soon as possible.
But it is also important to know how you should respond at the time an emergency occurs. With that in mind, our friendly team at Norlane Dental Surgery offers the following information and advice.
Is it a Dental Emergency?
Some dental problems require immediate response, while others can wait to be treated. It’s critical to learn the difference between these kinds of problems, particularly if the problem happens at night or over the weekend when most dental offices are closed.
Here are some signs that you may have an urgent dental emergency:
Dental emergencies should be dealt with immediately. Call your Norlane dentist immediately if you experience any of the abovementioned problems.
Time is of the essence in any emergency, and contacting us for advice and/or treatment is imperative! Our experienced and skilled emergency dentists in Norlane Geelong and our friendly staff know how to respond to any dental emergency.
- Rinse mouth with lukewarm water
- Take over-the-counter pain medication as recommended
- Apply cold compress outside the mouth, not directly to the tooth
- If it is a permanent tooth, gently and slowly replace the tooth in its socket
- Bite down on a clean gauze or cloth to keep the tooth from moving
If the tooth cannot be replaced in the socket:
- Hold the tooth by its crown
- Rinse the tooth with clean water
- Keep the tooth wet, in a container filled with milk, your own saliva, or water
Severe Dental Pain
- Avoid using the affected tooth when chewing
- Take an over-the-counter pain medication
- Rinse with lukewarm saltwater
Lost Restoration or Filling
- Do not try to repair a restoration on your own
- Do not use your damaged tooth while eating
- Keep your mouth clean from debris
- Apply a cold compress near the affected tooth
- Take over-the-counter pain relievers as recommended
Injured Soft Tissue
- Gently rinse your mouth with saltwater
- Apply pressure to the area using moist gauze or a tea bag
- Apply a cold compress on your cheek the area for bleeding
- Stay upright – don’t lie flat, even while sleeping
- Drink fluids – dehydration can trigger complications
- If your gums bleed while brushing or flossing, unless it is dramatic it is probably just gum disease: Just see your Norlane dentist for immediate attention.
- If you’re bleeding after a procedure or due to an injury, keep your head elevated, particularly when sleeping.
Dental First Aid Kit
This is an often-overlooked tool you can prepare ahead of emergencies.
Here are some suggested contents for a dental first aid kit:
Cotton balls can protect oral tissues from damaged braces or dentures.
Tea bags can help control bleeding and ease discomfort if you have bitten your tongue, lip, or cheek.
Orthodontic wax can cover the sharp parts of wires or other orthodontic bands.
Toothache drops provide temporary pain relief when applied directly to the affected tooth.
A topical anaesthetic can give temporary relief for gum irritation, denture sores, cold sores, and other cuts.
Clean gauze or a piece of cloth can be used as a compress in case of bleeding.
Dental Emergency in Norlane Geelong
If you’re concerned about a dental emergency, call us immediately, and we will help you see the dentist as soon as possible.
Same-Day Dental Emergency Appointment Available in Norlane Geelong
For dental emergency care in Norlane, call us on (03) 5278 2666 or visit us at 124 Sparks Road in Norlane.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a dental emergency?
A dental emergency is a dental condition usually characterised by pain, swelling, or discomfort, and is often when the patient decides that they cannot help themselves.
I have a broken or chipped tooth. What should I do?
If you have a damaged or knocked out tooth, you may or may not be experiencing discomfort. Even if you don’t feel any pain, it is important to see your dentist right away. Sensitive areas of the tooth may now be exposed to bacteria. If left unprotected, this could quickly lead to new or increased decay, and ultimately result in loss of tooth or root canal therapy.
How do I prepare for dental emergencies?
- Dentist’s phone numbers
- Saline solution
- Small container with lid
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