Orange Family Dental

The Wellness House
55-57 Bathurst Rd
Orange NSW 2800

02 6362 1100

Emergency Dentistry

At Orange Family Dental, we place a high importance on dental emergencies as dental pain can be distressing. This is why we take measures to always see you if you are in pain. We endeavour to provide you with a same day appointment and to prioritise your care.

If you are experiencing a dental emergency, please Contact Us and we will talk you through it, and book you an appointment.

What to do in case of dental emergencies
It can be very overwhelming to handle a dental emergency, particularly when you or a loved one is in pain. The most important thing to remember is not to panic. The next few tips will help you know what actions to take to minimise tooth loss.

1. Knocked out Tooth
Should your tooth come out completely, follow these simple steps:

  • If dirty, rinse tooth in milk holding it by the crown (not roots). If not available use water (few seconds only) or have patient suck it clean, then put the tooth back in the socket.
  • If the tooth cannot be replanted, wrap in Glad Wrap or place it in milk or in the patient’s mouth inside the cheek.
  • Visit our pratice within 30 minutes if you can. Time is critical for successful replanting.

2. Toothache
Very persistent toothache is always a sign that you need to see a dentist as soon as practicable. In the meantime, you should try to obtain relief by

  • Rinsing the mouth with water and trying to clean out debris from any obvious cavities.
  • Use dental floss to remove any food that might be trapped within the cavity (especially between the teeth).
  • If swelling is present, place a cold compress to the outside of the cheek (DO NOT HEAT).
  • Take pain relief if necessary, using pain medicines that you know you are safe with. Remember, no pain relief tablets will work directly on the tooth. They must be swallowed as directed. If placed on the tooth, they can cause more trouble (especially aspirin).

There are several reasons for a toothache including, dental cavities, dental fractures, mobile teeth or even increased sensitivity of the tooth. By visiting the dentist regularly you can avoid such dental pain.

3. Broken Tooth
If you chip a tooth and are experiencing sensitivity or pain

  • Place cold pressure to the area to minimise any swelling of the soft structure.
  • Try to find all the bits that are missing and bring them to the dentist, keeping them moist. Some broken bits can be bonded back onto the teeth almost invisibly.
  • Then visit our practice immediately.
  • If there is no pain, then contact our practice to find out if it is necessary to seek dental treatment.

5. Lost Filling

  • As a temporary measure, stick a piece of sugarless gum into the cavity (sugar-filled gum will cause pain). This needs to be done as the dental nerves are exposed which causes extreme pain when it comes in contact with the air.
  • Make an appointment at our practice as soon as possible.