Emergency Dental Appointments in Mornington
We understand how overwhelming a dental emergency might be. That is why we offer aim to provide on the day dental appointments for dental emergencies at our Mornington Peninsula dental clinic.
- Do you have a toothache that has gotten worse, to the point that it keeps you awake at night?
- Did your tooth break while you were eating?
- Have you suffered a sports trauma that left you with a damaged front tooth?
We are here to help with any dental emergency. We care about you and your loved ones, that is why we are willing to stay after hours to attend to your emergency dental needs. We also offer weekend call outs, or out of hours appointments. Give us a call we are here to answer your concerns.
Common Dental Emergencies
Below is a list of common dental emergencies that we treated by our dentists at our Mornington Peninsula dental clinic.
- Severe toothaches
- Chipped or broken tooth
- Knocked-out tooth
- Partially dislodged tooth
- Lost filling
- Lost crown
- Trapped object between teeth
- Broken braces or wires
- Loose brackets and bands
- Gum abscesses and swollen gums
- Soft tissue injuries
What to do in a dental emergency?
Use the following as guidance for the urgent treatment of dental emergencies before seeing the dentist.
What to do about a toothache?
Rinse your mouth with warm salty water and use over the counter painkillers or anti-inflammatories to ease discomfort. Never use pain killer gels, as applying them directly to your gums or teeth will burn your gums.
Apply a cold compress to your cheek to ease any swelling, but only for 10-minute intervals.
The pain you feel indicates that there is a problem with the tooth, and we need to look at it to determine the best way to get you out of pain. Contact us, and we will see you as soon as possible.
What to do about a knocked out tooth?
If you manage to find the tooth, try to hold it gently from the chewing part which is called the crown. If it looks dirty, carefully rinse it in a cup of water or whole milk for no longer than 10 seconds. Do not use alcohol, soap or any other detergents and importantly never let the tooth dry or wrap it in cloth or tissue paper.
Rinse your mouth gently with lukewarm water and try to reinsert the tooth gently back into the socket and bite on a clean piece of gauze or cotton. If replanting the tooth proves too difficult, store the tooth in whole milk or between your gum and cheek to prevent it from drying.
Apply a cold compress to your cheek to decrease the bruising or swelling. Call us immediately, and get to our Mornington dental surgery as soon as possible.
What to do about a partially dislodged tooth?
Rinse your mouth gently with lukewarm water and try to reposition the dislodged tooth back into place.
Such an injury needs urgent dental attention to prevent long-term damage to the tooth and restore it to its healthy state.
What to do about a chipped or broken tooth?
Try to find the broken part of your front tooth and store it in a container of whole milk or in between your gums to prevent it from drying.
Rinse your mouth with warm water. If necessary, apply gauze to the injured site to stop any bleeding. Apply a cold compress to your cheek to help prevent any swelling and soothe the pain.
Immediately seek dental attention, and bring the broken part of your tooth with you.
What you should do if you've lost a filling or a crown?
Losing a filling or crown can result in the tooth cutting into your cheek or tongue. Use a piece of sugar-free gum on the broken part to prevent any rubbing.
If you’ve dislodged a crown, place it in a clean container and bring it with you to your dental appointment. We might be able to cement it back in place.
Having a filling or crown fall out can leave your tooth exposed, causing pain or sensitivity. Alternatively, it could be a social issue, because walking around with a damaged front tooth can feel embarrassing. Either way, we are here to help.
What to do if you have a trapped object between your teeth?
Try to use some dental floss or brush your teeth to dislodge a trapped object. Always refrain from using a toothpick, a paper clip or a needle to remove it because you risk permanent damage.
If the object still doesn’t come free, give us a call, and we will have a look for you.
What to do about soft tissue injuries to cheeks, gums, tongue or lips?
Soft tissue injuries might include cuts, bruises, punctures and bleeding.
Rinse your mouth gently with lukewarm water and then apply pressure with a clean piece of gauze or cotton for about 10 minutes to stop the bleeding. When the bleeding eases, you can assess and see how bad the injury is.
If treatment is needed, a dentist should be your first choice for all oral issues, including stitches. Make an emergency appointment with us, but if we are unavailable, see a doctor.
What to do about bleeding gums, swollen gums and gum abscesses?
Swelling or abscesses need urgent medical or dental attention before they progress and lead to detrimental health issues. Once we determine the cause of it, we will give you all the necessary information to help you achieve healthy gums again.
What to do about broken braces or wires?
If a wire is poking into your cheek or gum, first try threading the wire back into the bracket using a pair of tweezers.
If unsuccessful, use the back of a pencil eraser to bend the wire gently away from your cheek easing any discomfort. Now place a small piece of orthodontic wax on the end of the wire. If you don’t have orthodontic wax, sugar-free gum is a good alternative.
Use salty water mouth rinses to help with cuts and abrasions.
Call us, and we will make you an appointment as soon as possible. If the bracket has come off entirely, please pack it in a clean bag and bring it with you.
What to do about loose brackets and bands?
Loose braces can be temporarily reattached with orthodontic wax before your dentist fixes them.
If one of your brackets or bands comes unattached, pack it in a clean bag and call us to have it placed back on as soon as possible. We don’t want your teeth to move back to their old position, which can happen in a matter of days.
We will always offer clear advice in any dental emergency
When you are in pain, you might think that having the tooth removed is the simplest way to end the discomfort. However, afterwards, people often regret such a decision. That is why we take our time to explain what options are available for you. We will give you all the necessary information to help you reach the best decision for you.
If you think you may have a dental issue that requires emergency treatment from our dental clinic in Mornington. Our skills in emergency treatment mean that we can help you minimise or eliminate its impact on your overall dental health.