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Emergency Dentistry

sidebar-ask-dr-maratosA dental emergency deserves immediate attention. At DesignDentistry, we treat issues such as broken crowns and veneers, knocked-out, chipped or fractured teeth, a severe toothache and more. If you’re unsure as to whether you’re experiencing an emergency, we recommend that you contact our team straightaway to discuss the necessity of coming in.

Handling a Dental Emergency

It’s important that you know what to do for a dental emergency until your appointment time. Below, you can read more about how to handle common dental problems.

Knocked-Out Teeth. Whether from playing sport or another form of impact, this common emergency is best handled by putting the tooth back into the empty socket. To pick up the tooth, touch only the upper end (also known as the crown) instead of by the root. If it is dirty, you can rinse it in milk, saliva or suck it clean, then place it into the socket.

If the tooth can’t be put back in the socket, place it in plastic wrap or a small cup with some milk in it, then bring it to the practice with you.

Toothaches. You shouldn’t have to try to cope with the throbbing pain of a toothache. You may find relief with the application of a cold compress to the outer cheek as close as possible to the painful area. Your mouth can be rinsed with saltwater, and over-the-counter pain medications may help.

Bleeding. Whether your lip, tongue, cheeks or gums has been cut, bleeding is best addressed by rinsing your mouth with saltwater and applying a clean gauze to the area and using pressure. If bleeding is severe, you may require sutures.

Broken or chipped teeth. If you’ve experienced a trauma that results in broken or chipped teeth, save all the pieces you can find. Keep swelling down with a cold compress and take over-the-counter pain medications if necessary.

Lost fillings. If a filling has fallen out, a quick and temporary fix is to stick a piece of chewed, sugarless gum over the cavity. An over-the-counter dental cement will also suffice until your appointment time.

Lost crowns. Replace your dental crown in your mouth if possible. If not, bring the crown in with you to our practice.


If you suspect that you’re experiencing a dental emergency Bentleigh East, don’t hesitate. Contact us today!

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