Emergencies

Emergency appointments

There are many things that can happen with your teeth that require immediate – or next-day – treatment. If you have an emergency during business hours – or want to make an emergency appointment – please call us on 9527 3678. If the phone is temporarily unattended, please leave a message and we will get straight back to you.

We keep some appointment times free every day so that we can accommodate patients who want immediate attention, even if their issue is not serious. Dr Goldman also takes calls outside of business hours on his mobile phone so that he can provide patients with immediate reassurance. (For his number, please call the clinic answering machine out of hours.)

After-hours emergencies

If you need immediate after-hours attention, you can visit the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne at 720 Swanston Street, Carlton (opposite Melbourne University). They are open until 9.30pm every day. You can also attend any hospital emergency department.

Knocked-out teeth

If a permanent tooth is knocked out,  time is of the essence. If you can put the tooth back in place and get dental treatment within 30 minutes, you are likely to save the tooth. If it is after hours and you cannot reach a dentist or endodontist, visit a hospital emergency department.

If the tooth is clean, place it back in the socket without touching the root. Make sure the tooth is facing the right way. If the root has dirt on it, gently rinse it in water for a few seconds before placing it back in your mouth. Do not use soap, scrub the tooth or dry it. Do not wrap the tooth in anything.  Hold the tooth in place by gently biting on something soft like a handkerchief.

If the tooth will not fit back in the socket, do not leave it outside the mouth to dry.  Keep it in your cheek, surrounded by saliva, or in milk. Do not store the tooth in tap water.

Broken or cracked teeth

When a large piece of tooth fractures or breaks off, it can be very distressing. If the nerve inside the tooth is damaged or exposed to the air, you may experience extreme sensitivity or pain.

If you have a broken or cracked tooth, please see us as soon as possible, preferably on the same or next day.

Until you can come in:

  • Try to located the broken piece of tooth (if it’s a break)
  • Rinse your mouth with warm water
  • Stop any bleeding by applying pressure for ten minutes or so (use gauze or a tea bag). You may also need to apply a cold pack to your cheek or lips over the broken tooth to reduce swelling and pain.
  • Take over-the-counter pain medication.
  • Avoid chewing on the damaged tooth.
  • Cover the part of the tooth that is in your mouth with temporary dental cement, which you can buy at a pharmacy.

Severe pain

Tooth ache is the most common source of dental pain, but you can also experience severe pain in your mouth, gum and jaw. If you are experiencing any dental pain, we recommend you make an appointment to see us as soon as possible.

In the mean time, take over-the-counter pain medication and apply a cold pack to your cheek. If the pain is unbearable, please visit a hospital emergency department.

Facial or oral trauma, including swelling and bleeding

If you experience spontaneous pain, swelling or bleeding anywhere in your mouth – or suffer an injury that causes these symptoms – please make an appointment to see us as soon as possible. If the situation is serious, e.g. prolonged bleeding, please go to a hospital emergency room.

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