At Aardent Dental Centre in Victoria Park, we treat an array of patients who had the misfortune to suffer a dental mishap. When it comes to emergency dentistry, as soon as possible is the best course of action.
Contacting a Perth dental clinic for expert advice reduces the risk of complications, additional treatment, and increased costs. Whatever your dental problem, seeking immediate help is an important step.
A tooth knocked from socket
We know this can be a shock. If possible, the best course is to place the tooth back in the socket—but only if an adult tooth—and call us. Handle the top of the tooth, preferably not with bare hands, to avoid infection.
If the tooth looks unclean, you can rinse with milk or saline, but be aware overcleaning may cause damage. Otherwise, place the tooth in saliva, milk or saline and bring it in a sealed container with you to our clinic.
A loose tooth
Do not pull out a loose tooth. Best to always have a loose tooth examined immediately, as it may be a sign of gum disease. Ignoring a loose tooth also risks bacteria entering the bloodstream and causing infection.
Other possible causes of loose teeth include hormone changes during pregnancy, or clenching and grinding, often during sleep. A dental professional should ascertain the reason and potential treatment.
A chipped tooth
If you can find the piece of tooth that broke off, place it in saliva, saline or milk and bring to your emergency appointment. We may be able to use this for tooth repair. Rinse your mouth with warm water.
For pain relief, an ice pack can be applied against the face, and over the counter pain medication is recommended. Avoid eating on the tooth, as chewing may aggravate a weak point and result in further breakage.
Crown or filling dislodged
If a crown or filling is dislodged yet still in one piece, rinse and store until your dentist appointment. Take care to avoid hard or sticky foods to minimise the risk of further damage to the vulnerable tooth.
For those with underlying health conditions that increase susceptibility to infection, dental issues that make you vulnerable to bacteria are best addressed quickly. Contact us to discuss the situation.
While not as obvious as a chipped or broken tooth on the surface, a mild toothache shouldn’t be ignored. Slight throbbing or occasional sharpness may progress to terrible pain if left untreated.
Many dental issues occur beneath the surface of the tooth, or may not be visible to the naked eye. Even though your tooth appears fine, there could be issues present only identifiable via x-ray.
Know that you have options
While a chipped or broken tooth can be stressful, keep in mind we have various treatments to address the problem. You can relax and trust our dentists to help. We’ve been dealing with these scenarios for decades.
Our Victoria Park clinic will help you secure a consultation thanks to extended hours and emergency appointments. If seeking an emergency dentist in Perth today, call us on 09 6330 8666 or contact us online.