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Emergency Dentistry

At Warrnambool Smile Dental, we understand that dental emergencies can be extremely distressing and painful. That is why we make it our top priority to provide same-day emergency appointments for patients experiencing dental emergencies.

As dental emergencies can turn serious and cause severe pain, we take them and the health and safety of our patients seriously. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you seek emergency dental care immediately if you experience a severe toothache or any other dental emergency.

Emergency Dentist In Warrnambool

Most of us are aware of what to do when we have fractured hand or leg or if there is sudden chest pain. We all run to the emergency; we always keep the emergency number of a nearby hospital accessible so we can rush there. But how many of us keep the contact number of an emergency dentist or know the location of the nearest emergency dental clinic?

It is very important to have this information, like contact details and the location of the nearest emergency dentist, readily available because dental emergencies can occur suddenly and unexpectedly. By being prepared and knowing what a dental emergency is, you can ensure you receive the prompt and effective care you need to address any unexpected dental situations.

What Is A Dental Emergency?

A dental emergency is any situation involving your oral health that requires immediate attention to alleviate pain, prevent further damage or address a severe dental issue. When dental emergencies arise, seeking prompt, professional care can make all the difference in your life.

 

What Is Considered A Dental Emergency?

Not sure what classifies as a dental emergency? The following are some of the most common dental emergencies:

  • Severe toothache and bleeding.
  • Swelling in your gums or face.
  • Severe pain that doesn’t go away with over-the-counter medication.
  • A loose or wobbly tooth.
  • Uncontrolled bleeding post-oral surgery.
  • Severe bleeding and pain after tooth extraction.
  • A knocked-out, cracked or chipped tooth.

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should visit the closest emergency clinic for urgent dental care.

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Types of Dental Emergencies & What To Do

There are several types of dental emergencies that may require you to go to an emergency dental clinic. While seeking prompt dental care is of utmost importance, it’s also important to know what to do during a dental emergency to minimise the damage to your teeth, prevent (further) tooth loss & maintain overall health.

Remember, quick action is vital during a dental emergency. Not sure what to do? You can always contact our dentist for guidance based on your unique situation.

Toothaches

Toothaches can be quite uncomfortable and painful to deal with, and even though they are common, they rarely occur without a cause. Some of the common reasons for toothache can be due to:

  • Tooth decay
  • Tooth fractures
  • Tooth trauma
  • An eruption of the wisdom tooth or an impacted widsom tooth
  • Infection
  • Gum problems
  • A dental abscess
  • A cracked or damaged tooth
  • A broken or loose filling

 

You can alleviate the pain by following these steps:

  • Clean the affected area with warm water.
  • Check if there is any food lodged in the area and remove it using a clean finger, floss, or toothbrush.
  • Rinse your mouth with lukewarm salt water.
  • Place a cold compress against the outside of your cheek near the swollen or painful area.
  • Avoid hot or cold foods.
  • Elevate your head slightly when lying down.
  • Take over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen following recommendation.
  • Go to the dentist immediately.

 

Knocked-Out Tooth (Avulsed)

Due to unforeseen circumstances, adult can get their teeth knocked out entirely. If it happens, seek dental care immediately, as time is crucial in such a case to save your tooth. A dentist will try to reimplant the tooth after determining the severity of the trauma.
Here’s what you can do to improve your chances of saving the tooth:

  • Recover the tooth but avoid touching the root of the tooth. Pick it up by the crown (the part visible in your mouth) to avoid damaging the root.
  • If the tooth is dirty, gently rinse the debris and dirt off the tooth with milk or saliva .Do not scrape or scrub the tooth and avoid rinsing with water.
  • Gently place the tooth back into the socket and keep it in place by biting down on a clean piece of cloth.
  • If the tooth doesn’t fit, store it in a container with milk or saliva or wrap it in plastic food wrap to prevent the tooth from drying out.

If the tooth cannot be saved and needs extraction, then dental implant treatment may be recommended upon assessment.

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Principal Dentist

DR. JOSEPH MOON

BDSC. (HONS) – UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE
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At Warrnambool Smile Dental, we take dental emergencies very seriously. Our policy to offer a same-day appointment for dental emergencies for existing and new patients. We do this because we know dental infections can cause severe pain and also become life-threatening.

If you have sustained toothache, although it may be tempting to just take some painkillers or go to your GP for antibiotics, these are only temporary measures and it is very important that you visit your dentist as soon as possible.

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