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Emergency Dentistry

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

We take the health and safety of our patients seriously and are aware that dental infections can turn serious, causing severe pain, if left untreated. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you seek emergency dental care immediately if you experience a toothache or any other dental emergencies.

Emergency Dentist In Warrnambool

Most of us are aware of what to do when we have sudden swellings or fractured hands and legs after being knocked out 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 nearby emergency dental clinic?

Dental emergencies can occur suddenly and unexpectedly, making it very important to have the contact details of a nearby emergency dentist readily available. 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?

  • Is the toothache severe and bleeding profusely?
  • Did a sudden impact result in you losing a tooth?
  • Is there an infection in your mouth like an abscess, and is it causing your face and gums to swell?
  • Is there unexpected bleeding from your mouth for no reason?
  • Are you in severe pain?
  • Do you have a loose or wobbly tooth?
  • Are you experiencing uncontrolled bleeding post-oral surgery?

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. But before that, it’s also important to know what to do during a dental emergency in order to minimise the damage to your teeth, prevent (further) tooth loss & maintain overall health.

Remember, quick action is vital during a dental emergency. 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 (adolescence)
  • 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 by using a clean finger, floss, or toothbrush.
  • Use a cold compress if the area is swollen.
  • 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, go to urgent 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 how you can help:

  • 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.
  • Rinse the debris and dirt off the tooth, but do not scrape or scrub the tooth.
  • You can apply gentle pressure to put the tooth back into the original socket or place it in the cheek pouch.
  • Keep the tooth wet until it is reimplanted.

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

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Our Principal Dentist

Principal Dentist

DR. JOSEPH MOON

BDSC. (HONS) – UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE
PRINCIPAL DENTIST

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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