Lotus Smiles offers our patients emergency dental services in Sunbury to assist you with urgent dental problems. Our friendly and caring team is available to help you with dental problems that just can’t wait for an appointment.
Emergency Dental Services In Sunbury
Our dental practice is open for extended hours on Saturdays and Thursdays to accommodate patients who have dental emergencies. Our emergency dentist will also prioritise urgent cases during the day so if you think you have a dental emergency please call our practice now on (03) 8737 9359 and someone will assess your needs and how best to treat you.
What Is Considered Emergency Dental Services?
The definition for dental emergencies is very broad and can accommodate a number of dental issues. As a general rule of thumb, if you are experiencing a lot of pain or discomfort and cannot manage it until you have an appointment, you should seek out the help of an emergency dentist.
Some of the problems that could warrant emergency dental care include:
A lost or broken filling or restoration
When a filling has been lost you may experience severe toothache or pain. Getting emergency dental care can keep you comfortable until you can have a replacement restoration made.
A severe toothache can be considered a dental emergency too – especially if it is not responding to pain medication. If your discomfort is the source of your emergency, please contact your emergency dentist right away.
Trauma or bleeding at the mouth
Trauma to the mouth is common when playing sport but should be investigated by a dental professional as soon as possible. If possible try to manage the bleeding with some gauze but seek treatment immediately.
Cracked, broken or knocked teeth
While the teeth are strong, they can also be susceptible to injury. If your tooth is cracked or broken you should contact your emergency dentist as soon as possible so that the damage can be assessed. Your dentist will let you know whether you need emergency dental service, or if an appointment should be made on your behalf.
Dealing with a knocked out tooth
It can be quite scary if a tooth is knocked out, but it is important to remain calm and do everything you can to get yourself (and your tooth) to the dentist. In the event that your tooth is knocked out and you can locate it, please make sure you do not touch its roots.
Keep the tooth moist and covered and call your emergency dentist right away.
Depending on how quickly you can get yourself to your dentist, he or she may recommend that you try to put your tooth back into its socket. Pick the tooth up at the top, paying careful attention not to touch the roots. If there is any visible dirt or debris, rinse the tooth carefully and gently in some milk.
If you feel confident, position the tooth correctly and apply gentle pressure to press it back into the socket. Hold it in place for a while before gently moving your hand away. Replacing a tooth to the socket is not advised for children because it may cause damage to the permanent tooth.
If you cannot put your tooth back cover it carefully, or place it in some milk and call us for emergency dental service.
Why A Speedy Response Matters
Knowing what to do in a dental emergency and where and how to get dental care can speed up your reaction time – and could make the difference between saving and losing your tooth. If you are ever unsure if what you are experiencing warrants emergency dental care or not, please call the practice.
Receiving immediate care can make the difference between a full recovery and saving your tooth. It can also reduce your chances of developing an infection and any other complications.
How Lotus Smiles Dental Can Help You With Emergency Dental Care
Lotus Smiles is open Monday through Friday from 8.30am to 6pm. Evening appointments are available until 9pm on Thursdays. Our practice is also open until 4pm on Saturdays to help with your dental emergency.
If you have any doubt about whether you’re going through a dental emergency, or want to find out more about receiving our emergency dental service, please contact our practice in Sunbury: (03) 8737 9359