Unfortunately, dental problems don't always time themselves to coincide with your next check-up, or during the convenience of the daytime. Whether you are at home, or out and about, if you are suffering from dental pain and discomfort – we can help!
Millennium Dental Clinic
2 High Street
023 9250 3111
Any dental emergency, like an injury to the teeth or gums can be potentially serious and should not be ignored.
Ignoring a dental problem can increase the risk of permanent damage as well as the need for more extensive and expensive treatment later on. Below you will find summary advice of what to do for some common dental problems...
In all cases, please book an emergency appointment or contact us as quickly as possible.
First, thoroughly rinse your mouth with warm water. Use dental floss to remove any lodged food. If your mouth is swollen, apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth or cheek. Never put aspirin or any other painkiller against the gums near the aching tooth because it may burn the gum tissue. See your dentist as soon as possible.Contact us
Retrieve the tooth, hold it by the crown (the part that is usually exposed in the mouth) and rinse off the tooth root with water if it's dirty. Do not scrub it or remove any attached tissue fragments. If possible, try to put the tooth back in place. Make sure it's facing the right way. Never force it into the socket. If it's not possible to reinsert the tooth in the socket, put the tooth in a small container of milk (or cup of water that contains a pinch of table salt, if milk is not available) or a product containing cell growth medium, such as Save-a-Tooth.
Knocked out teeth with the highest chances of being saved are those seen by the dentist and returned to their socket within 1 hour of being knocked out.
Contact us right away. Until you can get to the Practice, to relieve pain, apply a cold compress to the outside of the mouth or cheek in the affected area.
Take an over-the-counter pain relief if needed.
As a temporary measure, stick a piece of sugarless gum into the cavity (sugar-filled gum will cause pain) or use an over-the-counter dental cement.
If a crown falls off, make an appointment to see us as soon as possible and bring the crown with you. If you can't get to us right away and the tooth is causing pain, use a cotton swab to apply a little clove oil to the sensitive area (clove oil can be purchased at your local chemist or in the spice aisle of your supermarket).
If possible, slip the crown back over the tooth. Before doing so, coat the inner surface with an over-the-counter dental cement, toothpaste, or denture adhesive to help hold the crown in place. Do not use super glue!
Abcesses are infections that occur around the root of a tooth or in the space between the teeth and gums. Abcesses are a serious condition that can damage tissue and surrounding teeth, with the infection possibly spreading to other parts of the body if left untreated. Because of the serious oral health and general health problems that can result from an abcess, please contact us as soon as possible if you discover a pimple-like swelling on your gum that usually is painful.
In the meantime, to ease the pain and draw the pus toward the surface, try rinsing your mouth with a mild salt water solution (1/2 teaspoon of table salt in 8 ounces of water) several times a day.
Injuries to the soft tissues, which include the tongue, cheeks, gums, and lips, can result in bleeding. To control the bleeding, here's what to do:
Rinse your mouth with a mild salt-water solution.
Use a moistened piece of gauze or tea bag to apply pressure to the bleeding site. Hold in place for 15 to 20 minutes.
To both control bleeding and relieve pain, hold a cold compress to the outside of the mouth or cheek in the affected area for 5 to 10 minutes.
If the bleeding doesn't stop, contact us right away or go to a hospital emergency department
Continue to apply pressure on the bleeding site with the gauze until you can be seen and treated.