Dental emergency

Emergency Dentist Perth

If you have a problem that’s turning into a dental emergency such as a sudden injury to your teeth, or have rapidly developing pain, call a Dentistry Plus branch: Joondalup, Leeming or Maddington. 

For an emergency dentist on Sundays, Dentistry Plus Joondalup is OPEN! No extra fees apply for Sunday consults.

Pain presents in our body for a reason, and when it comes to teeth, if treatment is delayed, this situation could become more complicated – and more expensive, than if dealt with immediately.

What are dental emergencies?

Here are some common dental emergencies, with tips on what to do straight away, until you get to the dentist:

  • Toothache: rinse the mouth out with warm water and floss the area to remove any debris. If pain persists, contact your dentist immediately.
  • Gum abscess and swelling: contact the dentist immediately. He will be able to prescribe some pain relief and or antibiotics to settle the infection, and devise a treatment plan once the area has been assessed.
  • Wisdom tooth pain: apply an ice pack to the outside of the face to reduce swelling for just 20 minutes. Repeat as required. Additionally, you can rinse your mouth out with warm salty water every 2 to 3 hours and try taking an over-the-counter medication to relieve your pain, such as aspirin, Naprosyn or Voltaren
  • Chipped or broken tooth: immediately rinse the area with cold water and apply a cold compress to the area to reduce swelling.
  • Lost filling or crown: apply a little bit of clove oil to the area to numb the pain; then call the dentist immediately.
  • Dental trauma: for a knocked out tooth, keep it moist at all times. Try not to touch the root. If possible, try to place a tooth back in the socket and avoid touching the root. If this is not possible, place it between your cheek and gums, or in a small jar of milk. Try to get the dentist as soon as possible.
  • Bleeding gums: brush your teeth with a soft brush, and avoid brushing in back and forth movements. Instead, try circular rotations, brushing away from the gums. Floss your teeth before going to sleep; flossing beneath the gums removes food and debris. If you are still suffering from bleeding gums, you may need to get your teeth professionally cleaned. Once they have been cleaned thoroughly it will be much easier to maintain good dental hygiene and healthy gums. And remember, flossing properly minimises the chance of periodontal disease.