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Emergency Dentistry in Thornbury

woman with severe tooth painWe understand better than most–emergencies happen in life when you least expect it. For your dental emergency needs, we’re here for you! To help you better prepare and understand the process, we’ve outlined what you can expect below.

How to Handle a Dental Emergency

First things first, if you’re experiencing sudden extreme pain, difficulty breathing, discomfort, or bleeding in the mouth, we recommend heading to the local emergency room to be examined.

Next, give our practice a call. We’ll ask you a few questions and assess your needs over the phone before you arrive. While we can’t always offer same day appointments, we promise to get you into the practice as soon as possible to help you feel better.

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Some common types of dental emergencies we see often include:

  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Knocked out teeth
  • Tooth infection or abscess
  • Lost fillings
  • Broken dentures
  • Oral lacerations


What are the most common emergencies you treat?

Emergency tooth extractions and root canal treatments are the most common urgent scenarios we see in our practice. Fortunately, the majority of dental emergencies can be avoided through routine preventative care and treating cavities as early as possible.

What should I do if I knock out a tooth?

Call our office immediately. The sooner you seek out care, the more likely it’s possible to reimplant your tooth. The key is to keep your tooth moist by storing it in a container, completely submerged in milk. Do not use tap water if possible but if you do, add a pinch of salt. There are also over-the-counter “tooth saver” kits made for storing knocked-out teeth.

How do I remove something that’s lodged between my teeth?

Whether it’s a piece of food or an object, having something stuck in your teeth can be uncomfortable or painful and downright unsightly. Before seeking assistance at the dentist’s office, there are some things you can try at home.

You may be able to dislodge the object using dental floss. Never, however, use a sharp object to try to remove it. You could end up damaging your gums or teeth. If you’re unable to dislodge the object using dental floss, then you should see a dentist soon. If you leave the object in your teeth, bacteria can flourish, which could lead to disease or cavities.

What should I do if I lose a filling?

From time to time, tooth fillings can come loose. You should contact your dentist straightaway. There are a few things that can help you out until you get in for care. You can buy dental cement at most pharmacies. This material is used to close the gap and protect your tooth pulp from damage.

If you can’t find dental cement, sugar-free gum is an effective alternative. Always, however, be sure to avoid using gum that contains sugar. It’s important to remember that these solutions are only short-term fixes; only a dentist can replace the filling for optimal protection.

Will I need pain medication?

Inflammation or swelling is typically the leading factor when it comes to toothaches. Taking an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory such as Motrin or ibuprofen as directed can buy you some time before you get to our office for emergency treatment. The need for a prescription pain medication is usually quite rare.

In Need of an Appointment? Call Us

We’re here when you need us. Contact us today to schedule an emergency dental appointment so you can get back to enjoying a pain-free life. We look forward to seeing you in the practice soon.



Emergency Dentistry Thornbury, Northcote | (03) 9977 7858

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