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What to do in a dental emergency?


If you or someone you know is involved in a dental emergency, you should call your dentist right away. They can arrange an emergency appointment, if you need urgent treatment, and offer advice to help you reduce your pain and discomfort and prevent an injury from getting worse.

Learning what to do in an emergency situation can improve your chance of making a full and speedy recovery. Here are some of the most common dental emergencies and steps you should take before you have the chance to receive professional dental care.

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My tooth has come out

If your tooth has been knocked out completely, there’s still a chance your dentist could reattach it if it’s still in one piece, kept in good condition and you can get to the dental clinic within the hour. Avoiding touching the tooth’s roots, try to place it gently back into its socket or store it in a container of milk or saliva to keep it moist.

If your tooth can’t be reintegrated or it’s in pieces, your dentist will discuss tooth replacement options such as a dental implant, bridge or denture to close the gap and maintain your oral health.

My tooth has broken

Any damage to your tooth needs to be checked by a dentist, even if it looks minor. You should avoid eating any hard or crunchy food before you have a chance to see your dentist, as well as overly hot or cold food if your damaged tooth has become more sensitive.

Small chips and cracks may be treated with a filling or dental bonding, while more serious damage may require a crown to be placed.

My tooth hurts

A sudden toothache can happen for a number of reasons. The tooth may have been damaged by decay or gum disease or worn down by grinding (bruxism). If your tooth hurts when you bite, or it’s become more sensitive to temperature, you could have a cracked tooth or an abscess.

Your dentist can advise you about suitable pain relief medication to take before you come in for your appointment. You should try to avoid using the tooth when chewing, and avoid hard and crunchy food or any food or drink that could cause you pain.

My mouth is bleeding

Bleeding gums are often a symptom of gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease. This can usually be treated by improving your oral hygiene and having your teeth professionally cleaned and scaled.

If you see blood in your saliva, on your toothbrush or on your floss, or if you had a dental treatment recently and the bleeding hasn’t stopped, make an emergency appointment to see your dentist.

My face is swollen

A sudden swelling can be an indication of a serious health problem and needs immediate attention. If you can’t see your dentist straight away, make sure you drink lots of fluids and try to keep your head elevated, even when you sleep.

There’s something stuck in my teeth

If a piece of food or another object is trapped between your teeth, try to remove it using dental floss or a flossing stick. Don’t use a knife or any other sharp object, as this could cause a more serious injury.

If it still can’t be dislodged, make an appointment to see your dentist. They can remove the item and may recommend a treatment to close the gap in your teeth, to prevent it from happening again.

See an emergency dentist in Bathurst

If you have a dental emergency in Bathurst, call The Dental Practice on (02) 6331 3699 or visit our clinic at 3/90 Keppel Street during our regular opening hours:

Mon, Tue and Wed: 9am-6pm

Thu: 9am-7pm

Fri: 9am-3pm

If you want to speak to a dentist about any other issue, call our friendly team or contact us online.

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Dr William Fitzpatrick

Dr Mark Sinclair has been involved as principal dentist at the Dental Practice in Bathurst since 1982.

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