At PMD dental care located at Port Melbourne, we understand how distressing a tooth ache can be and will promptly arrange a time for you to be seen here without the need to attend a dental hospital.
When are we available?
During the week, patients are more than welcome to come in for urgent treatment. We will endeavor to make a specific time to treat your pain if it is available. Alternatively we offer a “walk-in” service that involves a patient attending the clinic and waiting for an available time to become available, although it may mean an extended waiting time we will address your needs as efficiently as possible. Our dedicated Dental team will work over-time to attend to your dental needs if required.
What is considered a Dental Emergency?
It includes but not limited to following:
- Dental trauma – bleeding (trauma affecting your mouth)
- Swollen cheeks or gums
- Chipped or fractured teeth
- Wisdom teeth
- Lost crowns or bridges
- Any accident involving damage to your mouth or teeth.
- Dental pain (teeth, mouth, gums, tongue and jaw).
Friendly tips – What to do in a Dental Emergency
Knocked out Tooth
Did you know a tooth can be completely knocked out of its socket without breaking?
This dental emergency generally occurs as a result of trauma. Before any dental treatment is performed it is vital to ensure that patient has not suffered any serious head or neck injury, in case of this dial 000 immediately.
A knocked out permanent (Adult) tooth can be successfully re-planted and function as normal however deciduous (baby/milk) teeth do not need to be re-planted. Time is a crucial factor in adult tooth re plantation. If the tooth can be re-planted on the spot it is advised to do so at your own discretion then promptly attend your dentist to stabilize. Alternatively a carer should bring the patient and the knocked out tooth with them to the dentist within 30 minutes.
It is important to remember the following key factors when handling a knocked out tooth.
- Only touch the tooth by the crown portion (biting area) not the root (pointed end).
- If the root is dirty rinse with milk or patient saliva before replanting.
- If the tooth is being transported with the patient to the dentist, it should be submerged in milk in a clean container. If milk is not available the patient own saliva will be sufficient.
Not all knocked out teeth can be saved however by following these instructions the success rate can be significantly improved.
Broken braces or painful wire
If a wire is cutting into the cheek simply place orthodontic wax or a cotton ball in the area for intermediate pain relief. Contact us to make a time to have the wire cut promptly.
Bitten tongue or lip
Apply direct pressure to the bleeding area with a clean cloth to stop bleeding. Cold compresses can help to stop the bleeding and minimise swelling.
If bleeding persists and the cut is severe and deep then see your nearest dentist, hospital or dental hospital.
Our friendly team are always ready to assist patients in urgent needs anytime 7 days a week to accommodate for any problems that may arise.
Contact our friendly staff on 03 9646 5100