At The Mosman Dental Surgery, we understand the need for urgent attention to your dental needs and offer a 24/7 helpline on 02 9969 7433.
Please read the following to obtain some emergency information to help your situation.
1)Extreme tooth ache: Dental nerve pain can be extremely debilitating. Most likely cause is an inflamed nerve. It normally wakes you up at night with pain. This kind of pain does not settle just by pain medication or antibiotics, you need to see a dentist ASAP to relieve the pain. Here are some ways to help you to get some relief for some time.
- A) Pain Medication: 2 Panadols and 1 Nurofen 200mg every 4-6 hours assuming there are no allergies or other contraindications. Please do not exceed more than 8 tablets of Panadol and 4 tablets of Nurofen in one day.
- B) Application of Ice: In certain situations sucking on ice works wonders. Please judge your situation before applying ice on an aching tooth. If the tooth is sore when you rinse with cold water, ice application will make it worse. A good way to judge is by gentle rinsing with cold water. If there is relief, then ice application will help. The reason for such variable measures is the condition of the dental nerve. If the nerve of the tooth has undergone irreversible changes due to decay or trauma, then ice helps. If the nerve has not reached that stage then ice will work against it.
2) Pain due to swelling or Wisdom tooth Pain: If the pain is caused by a gum infection or a tooth infection and there is swelling then it should not be taken lightly. Swelling in the lower jaw can spread rather quickly and needs to be controlled by antibiotics. Best is to get in touch with us to find a safe solution.
3) Broken or loose crown: Crowns are cemented with a cement which could dissolve over time. Please retain the broken crown in a little zip-lock bag. Most likely the same crown can be cemented again. It is important to cement the crown within 24 hours to prevent neighbouring teeth from migrating in its space.
4) Accident or fall leading to a tooth completely coming out: If the tooth has come out of its socket its best to contact us immediately. Treatment success is dependent on time, and it can be a matter of hours.
- Management for adults: Gently rinse the tooth preferably with saline or water. Hold the tooth by the crown(white part of the tooth) and not the root. Try to gently position the tooth back in its socket and hold it there with a sterile gauze. If you cant do that, then the best way to store the tooth is in a bit of cold milk in a zip-lock bag.
- Management for children: Not all baby teeth need to be positioned back in their socket. If the child has lost a permanent tooth then the management is similar to the adult management. Storing a lost tooth in milk is the best way to keep the cells from dehydrating.