Located conveniently in the Melbourne CBD, Dimos Dental & Facial Aesthetics has same day emergency appointments available for both new and existing patients.
Whatever your dental emergency you will be treated with the same high standards that we deliver in all aspects of our dental care. We take great pride in offering our patients the utmost care and compassion, utilising over 30 years of experience in emergency and general dental management.
But what is an ‘emergency’?
There are many events that can be considered an emergency. Some of those are listed below, along with a guide as to how to manage those situations.
Dental Pain which can include:
- Pain induced by hot or cold temperatures in the teeth
- Pain that is spontaneous, prolonged or that wakes you from sleep at night
- Significant mouth or gum pain
- Significant soreness in the jaw; or jaw locking open or closed
Broken teeth or Dentures
- Breakages to front teeth can be a big concern for any of us!
- Collect any pieces you can to bring to the clinic. Natural tooth should be transported in saline solution or milk (fresh, dairy).
- If you feel that your broken tooth or denture is of an urgent nature, contact Dimos Dental.
Facial swelling (aka Facial Cellulitis) is a serious condition which should never be ignored. It can be a sign of a serious dental infection that has spread into the tissues of the face. This spreading of infection can progress rapidly and should be addressed by a dental or medical professional ASAP. If you are unable to attend Dimos Dental that day, please attend the hospital Emergency Department for assessment and initial management.
Knocked out (avulsed) teeth
- Stay calm.
- Ideally, you should get to the Dimos Dental clinic (or hospital Emergency Department) for treatment within 1 hour of the tooth being knocked out.
- ONLY handle the tooth by the crown (smooth, shiny white part); DO NOT touch the root.
- If the tooth has dirt on it, rinse the tooth in milk (fresh, dairy) or saline solution, such as contact lens solution. Rinse the tooth over a towel in the sink to avoid dropping down drain. DO NOT use water. DO NOT scrub the tooth root.
- If the person is conscious, the tooth can be gently placed back into the socket and ask them to gently bite down on a clean cloth or small piece of folded aluminium foil to support the tooth in place. NOTE: In the case of multiple teeth being knocked out and you are not sure which tooth should go where, please DO NOT attempt to place the teeth in the sockets. Have the person bite down gently on a clean cloth to protect the site and stop the bleeding.
- If the teeth (or tooth parts) cannot be placed in the sockets, transport them in a clean container with either saline solution or milk (fresh, dairy). Alternatively, the tooth can be held in the patient’s mouth.
Trauma / Accident including Bleeding
- Assess the patient and the injury. Assess for maintaining a clear airway and potential swelling.
- If teeth have been damaged or knocked out, see instructions above.
- Control the bleeding: Apply fim pressure with a sterile compress, clean tissue or clean cloth for 10 minutes.
- Apply cold compress to limit swelling.
- Contact Dimos Dental for an Emergency appointment if concerns are dental, or attend hospital Emergency Department if concerns relate to bone
Braces: Broken Orthodontic wire or bracket
If a band, bracket or wire comes loose, please contact our clinic right away to have it fixed.
- Be careful to not breathe in or swallow a broken bracket or wire.
- Orthodontic wax can be used to cover broken wires to reduce rubbing on cheek and gum.
See here for more tips to avoid orthodontic breakages.
How emergencies can be prevented?
While we cannot prevent accidents, there are some things we can do to avoid being caught out by dental drama.
- Come visit us: for regular Continuing Care appointments for dentist examination, xrays to check the areas we cannot see, along with gum assessment and cleaning maintenance by your hygienist. These appointments allow your dental team to detect and address dental issues while they are still small, before they become a problem, sometimes preventing a need for treatment at all!
- Home care: Twice daily brushing for a minimum of 2 minutes; Floss daily and use Interdental Brushes (Piksters) daily if you have space for them; Use products that are proven to strengthen your teeth, such as Fluoride Toothpaste and Tooth Mousse.
- Protect: Always wear a mouthguard for contact sports. Wear a night-guard or dental splint if you are prone to clenching or grinding your teeth.
- Listen to your Mum and “Don’t use your teeth!” as a tool for opening things and holding objects. Try to avoid crunching ice; chop up nuts into smaller pieces to take the pressure off your teeth. Be nice to your teeth!