We understand that unexpected things can happen. It is our duty of care to serve the community should a dental emergency arise. Dental trauma, severe pain, facial swelling (which is a sign of tooth infection) should be treated in a timely manner to ensure a positive outcome, ie an increased chance of saving the offending tooth.

An untreated infection can spread into your jaw or surrounding soft tissue. It could even spread to different parts of your body, leading to other health issues. Not to mention it can cause a lot of pain and distress. Painkillers such as Ibuprofen or Paracetamol may help, but immediate treatment would be required.

Signs of infection include swelling around the site of the broken tooth and nearby tissue, throbbing pain and sometimes a fever. It is important that the infection be drained (if possible) and the source of infection (for example, a badly broken and decayed tooth) be removed. Antibiotics may be required in some cases.

What if I have knocked a tooth out?

  • The tooth needs to be re-implanted into its socket immediately
  • Try not to handle the tooth root to protect the fibres around the root surface
  • If possible, place the tooth back into the socket and splint in place with silver paper
  • DO NOT place the tooth in water
  • DO place the tooth in cold milk or on one side of your mouth between your teeth and cheeks
  • Contact us immediately and bring the tooth with you to the appointment

Our phone lines remain open even after our surgery is closed to cater for those who may be experiencing a dental emergency.
Please contact our surgery at 03) 9999 1203 and we will endeavour to make an appointment for you as soon as possible.