At Kariong Dental Care we treat dental emergencies very seriously.
We understand that they can be painful, distressing and even traumatic. That is why we set aside certain appointment times per day to deal with dental emergencies, since they occur without warning and often require quick action. If you are experiencing a dental emergency, please call us to make an appointment with our emergency dentist. We have an Afterhours 24 hours, 7 days a week phone service to help book you in ASAP and to provide any dental advice possible. Call us anytime on (02) 4340 2022 or send us an SMS: 0468 74 2022.
What do I do if I have knocked out a tooth?
- If it is a first (deciduous) “baby” tooth there is no need to place the tooth back in to the socket as this may damage emerging permanent teeth.
- If it is a permanent tooth, and the root is intact, lightly wash the tooth in milk or saline (not tap water) to remove visible dirt, (Do not touch the root of the tooth at all) then replace the tooth into the socket as soon as possible. The sooner this can be done the better the prospects the tooth will survive.
- If it is not possible to replace the tooth into the socket then place the cleaned tooth in a container of milk and take it with you to the dentist immediately, ideally within an hour. Do not place it in water as this may damage the root surface of the tooth.
- Make sure to hold the tooth by the crown instead of the root; your goal will be to cause as little trauma to the root as possible.
What can I do if I have a severe toothache until I see a dentist?
- If the tooth has been painful to cold, rinse the mouth with warm (not too hot!) water, which can give temporary relief.
- Gently floss around the tooth to remove any food particles that may be aggravating the gum tissue.
- Take painkillers specific to your medical history and arrange to see a dentist as soon as practical. Often a toothache which wakes you in the middle of the night is a tooth that requires extraction or root canal treatment. Sometimes antibiotics may be required.
What do I do if I’ve broken or chipped a tooth?
Try to find the broken piece as in some cases it may be possible for it to be reattached – but if you can’t find it, don’t stress! A chipped or broken tooth can be a simple repair for our KDC dentists who use aesthetic, natural looking tooth restoration materials which include composites, veneers or crowns.
If you experience pain or excessive bleeding from a chipped or cracked tooth, you should call us immediately to book an emergency appointment. If the injury extends to the jaw, nose or head, you may need to be referred to an emergency room.
In what cases should I go to the hospital?
Dental emergencies, or traumas involving the face and mouth, that require immediate medical attention include:
- Jaw fractures
- Jaw dislocations
- Large facial swelling
- Serious trauma to the head
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing – call an ambulance and go straight to the ER at your local hospital
What if I can’t afford a crown or veneer straight away?
No problem! Our dentists can always temporize the tooth with a temporary material until a second appointment can be arranged to fit either a traditional crown or a one visit crown, or other type of restoration as needed.
I’m scared of the dentist!
We completely understand! To see a dentist when you’re in pain, anxious or nervous takes a lot of courage! We’re here to help you through it providing as pain-free an experience as possible. We have happy gas, pain-free anaesthetic options and sedation options for larger procedures.