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Keeping Your Smile Safe: Emergency Tips

Like any emergency, dental emergencies appear with little or no warning yet require immediate and thoughtful action.

Knowing the steps to take when an emergency occurs is the best way to ensure a positive result and prevent a crisis from going from alarming to threatening.

Choosing the proper action can be the difference between saving or losing a tooth, between a happy ending or an expensive one, and the difference between a pleasant smile and missing teeth.

In the same way we learn first aid procedures for bodily emergencies, learning how to handle dental emergencies means that you are prepared to take care of nearly any dental situation.

Your Gold Coast Dentist is here to fill you in on what you need to know!

Rule #1: Always have your Gold Coast Dentist’s phone number handy!

In many dental emergencies you will have to perform some steps at the site the emergency occurs and then head to see a dentist. To ensure that Gold Coast Dentist is ready for you when you visit us for an emergency, have our phone number available and call us as soon as you can, so we can be prepared for your visit!

Dental Emergency Services At Gold Coast Dental

Our dental emergency services are for patients of all ages. We give care according to the unique needs of each patient and their emergency. The following are some of the dental emergencies we treat.

  • Toothache or dental pain
  • Knocked out teeth
  • Children’s dental emergencies
  • Lost fillings, crowns, and inlay/onlay
  • Broken dentures
  • Dental abscess
  • Soft tissues injuries in and around the mouth

What you can do

Dental emergencies can happen any time and anywhere. Preparation can be the difference between handling a dental emergency and going on with life and having plans or your smile ruined. You should visit a dentist’s office or an emergency room if needed. But you should also be ready to respond, on the scene, to most common dental emergencies. Here are a few tips.

Toothache. Rinse your mouth with warm water and floss (delicately!) between teeth to remove any trapped food. Apply a cold compress on the outside of the cheek for swelling and take a pain reliever if necessary. Never place aspirin directly on the tooth or gum, as this can cause burns.

Broken tooth. Rinse with warm water, apply cold compresses outside the mouth and visit a dentist immediately.

Knocked-out tooth. Rinse the tooth lightly in running water but don’t scrub it or hold it by the root and touch it as little as you can. Replace the tooth in the socket and hold it firmly in place. If the tooth can’t be reinserted, keep it in a container of milk or special tooth preserving solution available OTC. Get to a dentist within 30 minutes.

Objects wedged between teeth. Gently remove the object with floss. Do not use a sharp tool near your gums!

Lost filling. Cover the cavity with paraffin, and take aspirin as needed.

Bitten tongue or lip. Apply direct pressure to the bleeding area with a clean cloth and apply a cold compress to control swelling. Mouth injuries bleed profusely but should stop quickly. If bleeding doesn’t stop, go to a hospital.

Possible fractured jaw. Immobilize the jaw using a towel, necktie or similar device fastened around the head. Go to a hospital emergency room as quickly as possible

Dental travel kit

This is an often overlooked tool in your emergency response. You can purchase one or create a kit specifically designed for your oral health. Here are some suggested contents:

  • Cotton balls can soothe irritation from braces or dentures. Use the cotton as a barrier between the affected area and the braces wire.
  • Tea bags work well to control bleeding and soothe if you bite your lip, cheek or tongue.
  • Orthodontic wax can cover the sharp edges of wires or other orthodontic bands.
  • Denture adhesive can be used to temporarily secure a cap or bridge that has fallen out, and to hold dentures in place.
  • Toothache drops provide temporary relief from a toothache when applied directly to the tooth.
  • Temporary filling material can temporarily replace a filling.
  • A topical anesthetic containing Benzocaine can provide temporary relief for denture sores, gum irritation, cold sores or other wounds.
  • Table salt packets for cleaning wounds.
  • Clean cloth and gauze as a compress for bleeding or to wrap an avulsed tooth.

Getting the most at Your Gold Coast Dentist!

Your Gold Coast Dentist is your perfect dentist in the Parkwood area. Our practice combines the most advanced dental techniques available with high levels of skill and experience. We provide the highest level of quality and comfort for patients of all kinds. From routine checkups to the most complicated procedures, Your Gold Coast Dentist can treat you and your family with the care and respect you deserve!

Same Day Dental Emergency Appointment Available

Call (07) 5594 6699 or visit us at Gold Coast Parkwood Piazza, Shop 10/300 Olsen Avenue in Parkwood near Southport North.

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