Do you have a dental emergency? We can help you.
If you are in serious pain from a dental issue, immediate action is necessary. DB dentists will do their best to see you as soon as possible if your case is considered an emergency. Knocked-out or chipped teeth, injuries to the jaw and other accidents need to be treated quickly to save teeth and reduce your pain.
Chipped or broken teeth
If you have a chipped or broken tooth a visit to your DB dentist will determine if the fracture is complicated with nerve involvement or without any nerve involvement. If possible, bring your tooth fragment to the dentist, as it can often be re-bonded to your remaining tooth structure.
Sometimes, fillings or crowns fall out. A filling or crown may come loose because there is decay underneath it or from general wear and tear. You will need to have it replaced as soon as possible so the remaining tooth doesn’t become more damaged without the crown or filling to protect it.
Knocked out or loose adult teeth
If one of your permanent adult teeth is knocked out, there is a chance can survive if immediately placed back in the tooth socket. Only touch the top (crown) of the tooth – do not handle it by the root – and if it needs cleaning, this can be done by gently submerging it in a sterile saline solution or some milk.
Try to replace the tooth into its original position and hold it firmly in place. If that isn’t possible, then place the tooth either underneath your tongue or into a small cup of milk.
If you just have a loose tooth, it is important to see your dentist quickly so that you are able to preserve the nerve endings and blood vessels to save the tooth.
If you suspect a broken jaw, you will need to go straight to hospital. They will be able to diagnose the extent of the fracture and decide the best course of treatment. While waiting for medical attention, support your lower jaw to stabilise it and make sure your airway isn’t obstructed.
If your jaw is dislocated, an oral surgeon or dentist visit may be scheduled in your near future. If it is a serious fracture that requires surgery then you may be advised to see a specialist, such as a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, a head and neck surgeon, or an oral surgeon.
Prevention is better than cure
Jaw injuries can occur during contact sport. We definitely recommend a mouth guard as one provision against damaging your jaw, mouth and teeth. We can fit customised mouth guards, and in some cases these are included in health insurance.
Many of our practices offer emergency care during hours so please do not delay a dental emergency and call 1300 4 TEETH (1300 4 83384) as soon as possible to book in an appointment.