Toothaches and dental injuries must be professionally treated as soon as possible. Neglecting dental issues will only result in more severe pain, serious complications, and expensive procedures.
If you find yourself in an emergency, you can trust our highly skilled and experienced dentists at Dentist At Healthlink. To book emergency dental care, call (07) 4723 0624 or book online here.
In the meantime, follow these expert tips for each emergency dental service:
For immediate headache relief, use generic painkillers such as Ibuprofen (Nurofen) or Paracetamol (Panadol). It may also help to use a cold towel or compress on the outside of your cheek.
If you have damaged a tooth, rinse your mouth out with luke-warm salt water to kill any germs. Be careful not to swallow any broken remaining parts of your tooth. If pain or swelling persists, take painkillers or apply a frozen ice pack on the affected area.
A lost crown or filling may not seem as big of an emergency as other dental issues. However, you should still contact your dentist for emergency dental care within a day, even if you don’t feel immediate pain. That’s because damaged teeth or teeth with cavities are much weaker than healthy teeth and will worsen the longer you wait.
If your dental crown has fallen out, but you still have it, you can gently rinse it and keep it in a zip lock bag to bring back to the dentist. This may also save you some money on the restorative treatment.
You may have a chance at saving your natural tooth if you still have it after it has been knocked out. Hold it by the crown and rinse away any dirt from the root.
Next, place the tooth in a small cup of milk or your own saliva to reduce the risk of it drying out (which reduces your chance of needing a dental crown).