What Is Considered a Dental Emergency?

Dental emergencies can occupy an ambiguous space. If your dental issue falls outside of business hours, you may try to tough it out till morning or your next free moment. True to the nature of emergencies, though, if your case is dire as it is dental, urgent care will be in order. If you have a time-sensitive issue on your hands (or, as the case may be, in your mouth), stop reading this blog post right now and contact Henry Street Dental Care. 

You can call us on (03) 9553 1675 or head to our online portal to book our dental emergency services. If your emergency falls outside operating hours, we recommend Googling ‘emergency dentist highett’, ‘24-hour dentist’, or similar.

If you’re still here, let’s crack into all things dental emergencies…if you’ll pardon the pun.

When do you know it’s an emergency?

Dental emergencies tend to come in two flavours: severe pain or injury (actual flavour may be mildly to strongly reminiscent of blood). As a general rule, if there’s blood involved or the pain is intolerable, you’re in emergency territory. Any of the following conditions are reason enough to contact your dentist in Highett for urgent dental care:

  • Severe toothache
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Knocked-out tooth
  • Tooth abscess.

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How do I manage a dental emergency?

Once you’ve determined that you need emergency dental care, it’s important to say calm. Any good emergency dentist around Mentone would provide gentle care and strive to provide an affordable solution. Before seeing the dentist, it can help to treat each emergency as follows:

  • Toothache: Clean out the painful area as much as possible. Brush, floss, and use mouthwash to dislodge any debris that may be causing the issue.
  • Chipped or cracked teeth: Collect as many of your broken tooth fragments as possible, keep them in warm water, and ensure to bring them to your appointment. Rinse your mouth and try not to lose any fragments.
  • Knocked-out tooth: This is a particularly time-sensitive emergency. Arrive at your emergency dentist near Moorabbin within 60 minutes and we may be able to restore the tooth, provided it’s in tip-top condition. Before arriving at your appointment, rinse your mouth with warm water. Hold your tooth to its original location until you can see the dentist. If this is not possible, preserve it in a cup of milk or salted warm water. Optional: reduce swelling by using a cold compress.
  • Tooth abscess: If you cannot get a hold of any emergency dentists this side of Hampton, contact your local emergency room. You may require a shot or medication to fight what could be a serious infection.

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Got a dental emergency right now?

If you need urgent dental care, don’t delay. Call Henry Street Dental Care on (03) 9553 1675 between 8:30 am–5:30 pm on weekdays. We’re also open Saturdays from 9 am–2 pm. Alternatively, you can book our dental emergency services via our online portal. If your emergency falls outside of these hours, you may need to research another emergency dentist around Cheltenham or contact your local emergency room. We wish you the very best of luck.