Accidents happen, which can lead to the need for emergency dental work. In addition, pain or other dental problems may arise, requiring immediate treatment. No need to worry because our team here at Elevate Dental is ready to help and, in some cases, assist with same-day service.
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Some Dental Emergencies Need Immediate Attention
While common dental emergencies can be treated with our priority dental emergency service, others might require immediate medical attention as they are more severe. Some of these include the following:
Broken or fractured jawbone or facial bone
Intense pain in the head area that cannot be alleviated with over-the-counter pain relievers
Profuse bleeding that will not stop
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Toothaches and What to Do
Toothaches are common and are usually not considered a dental emergency, even though it might feel like it. Tooth pain can have numerous causes, and scheduling a dental visit as soon as possible can help us determine the cause and provide relief. Leaving a toothache untreated can make the problem worse, resulting in spreading decay, root canal or tooth loss. Here are some things you can do at home before your appointment.
This is the easiest home remedy for tooth pain and can reduce irritation and ward off bacteria growth. Use 1 teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water, gently swish around your mouth and spit it out. Some people claim to find more relief when using Himalayan or pink salt.
Use a cold cloth or ice pack on the outside of the face, where the tooth pain is, to alleviate pain and reduce swelling. Do not place cold or ice on the affected tooth.
Some people find relief from toothache by applying cloves to the tooth. You can use the spice right from the kitchen or clove oil. The taste may not be the best, but cloves contain eugenol, a powerful antiseptic and pain reliever, which can provide relief until you come to see us.
Some people keep the herb on hand, and when mixed with water it can make a paste that will act as an antiseptic and pain reliever until you can come and see us.
Common Dental Emergencies
Call our office as soon as you have a dental emergency that is not life-threatening. We will give you priority and one of our dentists will see you as quickly as possible. The following are some common situations and how to deal with them at home while waiting for your appointment.
These often give a very minimal discomfort and can be tolerated without pain relief medication until your dental visit. Rinse with warm salt water to remove bacteria and call to schedule an appointment. Mention that it is an dental emergency visit and we will give you priority scheduling.
When this happens, rinse your mouth with warm salt water every few hours to remove bacteria. Take an over-the-counter pain medication and hold a cold compress on the outside of your face, where the affected tooth is. Keeping your head elevated might help alleviate pain until you can come to see us. Call us for a priority emergency appointment so we can schedule you in as soon as possible.
Rinse the piece of broken tooth with water, but do not scrub or wash it. Try to put the tooth back into place, but don’t force it into the socket. If you can fit the broken part of the tooth back onto the remaining tooth, use toothpaste or over-the-counter temporary dental bonding product to secure it until you can see us. If you cannot fit the tooth, put it in a container of full-fat milk and bring it to us. Teeth that are knocked out can often be saved, especially if you can see us within an hour.
This can be a painful bump, pocket or “bubble” at the base of a tooth, in the gum or gumline. It is an infection and should be dealt with right away. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water every few hours and schedule an emergency visit with us. We will provide pain relief, then do an examination to find the cause of the abscess and treat it. Infections can spread, so calling your dentist as soon as you notice an abscess can help limit and more easily eradicate the infection.
Swelling takes place often due to an infection, but may also be due to hidden dental problems. Take over-the-counter pain medicine that also reduces swelling and use a cold compress on your face to relieve pain and swelling. Call us as soon as you notice the swelling and we will schedule you for a priority visit, so the problem doesn’t become a larger health issue.
Frequently Asked Questions
Our trusted dentists are here to help you with your individual needs. Explore our FAQs below or contact us if you have a specific question.
What is a dental emergency?
A dental emergency may include an intense tooth or jaw pain or a potentially dangerous dental issue. If your problem is life-threatening, a visit to an emergency room is necessary. However, for most dental emergencies, a call to your dentist right away for emergency dental services is the best course of action.
When you call Elevate Dental, our dental clinic staff will prioritise your appointment so we can provide pain relief and treat the problem as quickly as possible. Fortunately, while waiting for your appointment, there are some things you can do at home.
How do I avoid dental emergencies?
Of course, the best way to deal with emergencies is to avoid them, and being proactive can help you avoid many common dental problems. Here is what you can do:
- Have regular dental check-ups
- Brush at least twice a day and floss according to your dentist’s instructions
- Rinse with a mouthwash (recommended by your dentist) at least once a day
- Do not chew on ice or other hard objects
- If you feel pain in your jaw, mouth or gum, schedule a dental visit right away
If I need emergency dental, where can I find you?
We provide emergency dentist services in eastern Melbourne and the surrounding area. We have clinics offering emergency dental care services in Richmond and Hawthorn, Victoria. So, if you need an emergency dentist in Richmond, Hawthorn, or eastern Melbourne, give us a call, tell us your emergency, and we’ll schedule a priority emergency appointment. Alternatively, book an emergency dentist through our online booking form.
How can I manage a cracked tooth before my dental appointment?
If you’ve cracked a tooth and are waiting for your appointment, we’ll do our best to get you in as soon as possible.
In the meantime, rinse your mouth with warm salt water to remove any bacteria. Do this every few hours. If you’re experiencing tooth pain, take an over-the-counter pain medication and use an ice pack or a cold compress against the outside of your face where your cracked tooth is. Call us for a priority emergency appointment so you can be treated as soon as possible.
What should I do if I chip a tooth?
Chipped a tooth? This is one of the most common dental emergency concerns that we treat at Elevate Dental. Fear not – we’ll get your smile back to normal as soon as possible!
While waiting for your appointment, rinse your mouth with warm salt water and avoid eating solid foods. Use a cold compress on the outside of your face to soothe any pain or discomfort your chipped tooth may cause you. Call us as soon as possible to schedule a dental emergency appointment, and we will do our best to give you priority scheduling.
Can a knocked-out tooth be saved?
A knocked-out permanent tooth can be saved if it is immediately put back. If you have a tooth that has fallen out, rinse it with water and try to place it back in its socket — but don’t force it. Call and see the dentist within the hour for the best chance at saving your tooth — we’ll be able to talk you through how to preserve your tooth on your way to the emergency dental appointment!
How expensive is emergency dental treatment?
Dental costs depend on the severity of your emergency, whether anaesthesia is required, and the extent of the services your dental emergency requires. For example, mending a chipped tooth is a much less severe procedure than a broken or knocked-out tooth. The good news is that many private insurance dental plans include provisions for urgent care, which can take some of the costs of emergency dental care treatments. At Elevate Dental, we strive to deliver high quality emergency dental care in Melbourne that is cost-effective, accessible, budget-friendly, and flexible.
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