We understand that dental emergencies can happen unexpectedly and that is why we offer emergency dentist appointments outside normal hours including some Saturdays.

If you are in dental pain, you are in an emergency dental situation and you should see a dentist as soon as possible. At Island Dental we endeavour to see emergency dental patients with priority.  When a dental infection is left untreated, it can spread to other parts of the face, neck, head and lead to serious health issues.

The treatment options available for dental pain are:

We will need to discuss your dental history and examine you first in order to determine the cause of the pain before treating you. This may involve x-rays and other tests on your mouth, gums, jaw, throat or sinuses.

Dental emergencies, what you need to know and do

Stay calm and act quickly

  • Seek dental advice as soon as possible after the injury.
  • Seek medical advice if the person has been unconscious or has non-dental cuts or fractures.

A tooth is knocked out

Permanent teeth

  • Pick the tooth up by the crown. Try not to touch the root.
  • If the tooth is dirty rinse it in milk or saline solution if available. If not, rinse briefly (only a few seconds) in water to remove dirt and debris.
  • If the person is conscious, hold the clean tooth by the crown and put it back into place using the other teeth as a guide. Use light pressure only.
  • Ask the patient to gently bite on a soft cloth to hold the tooth in place.
  • Seek immediate dental advice.
  • If you can’t find the tooth, take the patient to a dental professional while others continue to search.
  • If found, put the tooth in milk (if possible) or seal in plastic wrap and take to the dental clinic immediately.

Baby teeth

  • Do not put a baby tooth back into the mouth.
  • Most children under five years have baby teeth only.
  • If in doubt, place the tooth in milk and take it and your child to seek dental advice.

Do not

  • transport the tooth in water
  • scrape or scrub the root surface
  • allow the tooth to dry out
  • delay seeking dental treatment/advice.

Broken teeth

  • Place any broken pieces of tooth in milk. Don’t let the pieces dry out.
  • If milk is not available wrap in plastic wrap for transportation.
  • Seek dental advice as soon as possible.