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At Norlane Dental Surgery, emergency treatment is a primary priority, and we pride ourselves of our experience and skill in managing dental emergencies.
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:
- Loose or knocked-out permanent tooth
- Non-stop bleeding
- Jaw injury
- Swelling with pain
Time is of the essence in any emergency, and contacting us for advice and/or treatment is imperative!
Our experienced and skilled dentists and our friendly staff know how to respond to any dental emergency.
What to do?
- Rinse mouth with lukewarm water
- Take over-the-counter pain medication as recommended
- Apply cold compress outside the mouth, not directly to the tooth
Learn more about Broken 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
Learn more about Knocked-out Tooth
Severe Dental Pain
- Avoid using the affected tooth when chewing
- Take an over-the-counter pain medication
- Rinse with lukewarm saltwater
Learn more about Dental Pain
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
Learn more about Lost Restoration or Filling
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
Learn more about Injured Soft Tissue
- 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.
Emergency Dental Care at Norlane Dental Surgery
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 Available!
For dental emergency care in Norlane, call us on (03) 5278 2666 or visit us at 124 Sparks Road in Norlane.
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