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If you should be unfortunate enough to have a dental emergency on the weekend, or overnight, here are a few tips until you can get in to see us.
Tip #1 – Pain Relief
For all dental pain, Nurofen or Advil (containing Ibuprofen) is probably the best to provide instant relief – however please check with your pharmacist or GP if you are allowed to take these or not. Panadeine will also be much better for most people than Panadol or Panamax – but again consult your Pharmacist or GP.
Tip #2 – Loose Fillings
A loose filling can really hurt, and give you a nagging pain. If you have pain, dip a cotton pellet in clove oil (available from the supermarket or pharmacy) and place it next to the tooth. Bonjela will also give some limited relief. Don’t do what grandma says and put aspirin on your tooth as it’s acid and can burn your gums.
Tip #3 – Broken Tooth
If you break a back tooth, the broken piece cannot usually be re-attached, so there is no reason to keep them. Just use the same clove oil cure as above and let our team know you need to see us as soon as possible.
If you break a front tooth, keep the pieces as they can often be part of our reconstruction treatment. Keep the piece/s moist (in milk or water if milk is not available). Let us know your predicament and we will see you as soon as we can.
Tip #4 – Dental Crowns and Caps
If a crown or cap falls off, remove the crown and put some Vaseline on the inside of it. Place it back on the tooth, mainly to protect the tooth, and your tongue and cheek). The vaseline helps hold it in place but please be very careful when eating or drinking until it is dealt with by our dentists. It may be best to take it out again to eat – but then only soft foods like soups or mashed potato etc.
Please retain the cap or crown and bring it to the appointment with you. Let us know about your predicament and we will see you as soon as we can.
Tip #4 – Tooth Loss
If a tooth is dislodged or knocked out then rinse off any dirt or dust with milk (or water if you don’t have access to milk). Don’t scrub the tooth or touch it.
You can hold it in place in the socket with a tissue or clean handkerchief or similar. If you can’t put the tooth back in, the next best place to keep it is in the mouth, between the cheek and gum so as to keep it moist – but be careful not to swallow it.
For convenience or safety, place it in a small container of milk (or wrap it in glad wrap). The longer the tooth is out of the socket, the chances of saving it decrease.