Dental emergencies can come in many different forms. You may have a broken tooth, had an accident or maybe woken up with a swelling in your face or neck. The best thing to do in this situation is to see a dentist immediately. Priority and same-day appointment are available for dental emergencies. Even if there is a lockdown or stay at home orders the government indicates that dentists are authorised health service providers and are still able to treat patients with urgent dental needs.
If you have any of the following dental problems
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Dental emergencies can happen at any time! If you have dental emergency outside of our opening hours or on a Sunday, here are a few tips to help until you can get in to see us.
If you find that your swelling is
*Please contact your local hospital or emergency ward
If a baby tooth has fallen out:
Don’t delay with any type of dental emergency. Come visit our team at Hampstead dental, Melbourne today
Give us a call on 03 9071 0085 and we can make a time to see you, and get you the help you need.
If you are an adult, then a loose tooth is an important dental concern and definitely should be treated as a dental emergency. The dentist needs to see the situation immediately and assess the cause of the loose tooth.
A loose baby tooth is not such a serious concern and you can monitor this at home. Sometimes it can get painful or even slightly swollen around the baby tooth. Wobbling the tooth at home can help the tooth loosen slowly until it naturally comes out. If the tooth is stubborn or child is not willing to touch the baby tooth, then you can book and appointment for one of our therapists to have a look. Most likely the tooth can be easily removed with anaesthetic.
An infection of the tooth is called a dental abscess. It is a bacterial infection that is a collection of pus. The bacteria can infect the pulp of the tooth and then spreads inside your tooth and down towards your root. It can also happen in the gums around the outside neck of the tooth. Tooth infections usually occur with poor dental care or lack of proper dental hygiene and cleaning.
A tooth infection does not go away on its own. Many times the pain will continue until you have either started dental treatment, taken antibiotics or the pulp inside the tooth starts to die. In this case the pain stops because the nerve is dead. However, the tooth infection is still present and can spread and cause more damage to surround tissues.
An abscess is a swelling in the gum, mostly looks like a little pimple near the tooth. Sometimes you can see the swelling get bigger sometimes there is a drainage point where the pus is getting released.
Many times a broken filling is not a dental emergency. If you are not feeling any immediate pain, then you can wait and try and keep the area as clean as possible. You will still need to repair the filling, as the area will be an access point for decay and bacteria. If you do have significant dental pain however, then we can treat you as a dental emergency as occasionally a broken filling can be very deep when it exposes the nerve of the tooth.
It depends of the severity of the broken filling. If it is a small chip, you can wait a few days or a week until you see a dentist. If it is large breakage you will need come in sooner. Best to call your dentist as soon as possible as explain the situation to them.
Yes! Australian dental practitioners have your safety as priority. In Australia we have the highest level of infection control in the world. At Hampstead dental we take extra steps and precautions to make sure your safe.
You may see the waiting room slightly more empty, or be asked to wait in your car. There is hand sanitiser available as you enter to wash your hands and temperature testing. You may be asked to sign in using the QR codes and enter wearing a fitted facial mask.