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Dental Emergencies

We offer emergency treatment appointments before and after normal business hours on request to provide efficient and effective dental care for patients with tooth aches or fractures.

If a baby tooth is knocked out, it is important to keep in mind the following:

  • Do not attempt to put the tooth back in its socket, as it may lead to infection and damage the adult tooth.
  • Apply pressure directly to the injured area with a clean cloth to control the bleeding.
  • To minimize swelling, apply an ice pack to the site on injury.
  • See one of our friendly dentists straight away to assess the damaged area.


If an adult tooth is knocked out, it is important to keep in mind the following:

  • Immediately locate the tooth and rinse the tooth in milk or water, and place it back in the socket. It is important to replace the tooth within 5-10 minutes of the tooth being knocked out.
  • Hold the tooth in place by biting gently into a soft cloth, otherwise the person providing the first aid can help keep the tooth in place by covering the damaged tooth and the teeth on either side with aluminum foil.
  • If it is difficult to put the tooth back in the socket, keep it moist by putting it in a small amount of milk or sealing it in plastic wrap.
  • Immediately call us and seek dental treatment for any damaged teeth.

 

Cracked Tooth

Cracked teeth are more commonly seen in molars and premolars, but can affect any tooth. It is often seen in patients who grind and place teeth under a lot of stress/loading, teeth that have suffered trauma (biting on to a hard seed) and it can also happen if the tooth has been heavily restored, where the cracks can be found running under weakened cusps.

Signs of a cracked tooth:

  • Pain or discomfort when consuming hot and cold food or liquid
  • Sharp pain on chewing, occasional sensitivity with sweet food.
  • Difficulties in pinpointing where the pain is coming from.


To diagnose a cracked tooth, your dentist may need to preform several examination procedures, like a temperature test, bite test, probing around the gums, x-rays and sometimes it requires the removal of a filling.

Treatment of a cracked tooth depends on the extent of the crack. Early diagnosis of a crack tooth is very important to stop or slow down the propagation of the crack. Small cracks may require just the removal of the weakened cusp and placing a crown on the tooth. Occasionally a stainless steel band is required around the tooth and a sedative dressing is placed in the tooth. If the pain and discomfort is removed from the tooth then a filling or crown can be placed. If the crack is more complex, where it involves the pulp then a root canal may be required prior crowning the tooth.

To help prevent cracks: if you know you clench or grind your teeth, you may be required to wear a special night guard (occlusal splint) to help protect your teeth, avoid chewing on hard objects, wearing protective mouthguard when playing contact sports and seeing your dentist to minimize the need to have teeth filled.

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