Emergency Dental Care over Christmas


 

We will be closed majority of the days over the holiday period, if you wish to see a dentist, please call

Chatswood Practice (02) 9415 3555 for appointments on Wednesday 28 December 2016 from 8am to 1pm

Zetland Practice (02) 9313 6388 for appointments on Friday 30 December 2016 from 8am to 1pm

We will be otherwise closed from Sat 24 Dec, and re-open on Tue 3 Jan 2017.


Pain Management in the Meantime

If you are in pain there are various strategies to help manage the pain, depending on your emergency, while you wait for a same day or after-hours dentist appointment.

Toothache – Clean around the tooth gently with warm salt water, rinsing to displace any debris that may be trapped between the teeth. If there is facial swelling apply a cold compress. Under NO circumstances use aspirin on the gum or aching tooth. Possible causes include infection and abscesses, but it is impossible to diagnose without directly observing the issue. Seek dental attention immediately and contact us as soon as possible.

Knocked Out Teeth – Find the tooth, making sure to handle it by the crown (i.e. the top) and NOT the root. Perform a careful and quick rinse before trying to reinsert it into the socket. Hold it in the socket by biting down on a clean piece of gauze or cloth. If you cannot reinsert the tooth transport it in a cup of clean water or milk, do not let it dry out. Additionally do not scrape or remove any tissue or gum fragments that may be attached to the tooth. Finally, contact us, quick action will save the tooth.

Broken, Chipped, Fractured Teeth – Rinse the mouth with warm water and apply a cold compress to manage the swelling. Attempt to locate any lost fragments. In the case of very loose teeth, removal is preferable to prevent swallowing or inhalation. Call us immediately.

Broken or Lost Dental Appliance (Aligners, Dentures, Fillings, Crowns, etc.) – Book a prompt dental appointment to arrange the repair of the broken or damaged appliance. Toothache may be present with a lost or broken crown or filling, so immediacy is preferable.