Toothaches and Dental Emergencies

Don't put up with tooth pain

A toothache can be a sign of an underlying dental problem such as tooth decay, a crack, infection or inflammation or infection of the dental pulp. 

Delaying treatment may not only make it more complex, but may also increase your discomfort. 

Your Medland Dentist will be able to diagnose the cause and provide appropriate treatment to relieve your pain, which may include procedures like a restoration (filling), root canal treatment, crown or extraction, depending on the severity of the condition. It is always best to consult with your Medland dentist early for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment of a toothache or any symptoms. We can provide personalised advice and guidance based on your specific situation and help prevent it from becoming a dental emergency.

Dental emergencies can occur unexpectedly and require immediate attention to address pain, infection and prevent further damage. Dental infections can be serious and require prompt treatment. In any dental emergency, it is important to contact us as soon as possible.

If your dental emergency occurs within office hours, please contact us to ensure prompt management of your concern, we will do everything we can to see you as soon as possible. If a dental emergency occurs after hours, Medland provides an after-hours on-call service, providing advice for existing, active patients of Medland. 

We look forward to taking care of your family’s oral health.

Toothaches and Dental Emergencies FAQs

Below are some of the frequently asked questions we receive regarding toothaches and dental emergencies at Medland Dental.

If you have any other questions please get in touch with our friendly team.

  1. Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the area.
  2. Use dental floss to remove any food particles or debris that may be trapped between the teeth.
  3. If you are able to take paracetamol or ibuprofen, these may provide some temporary relief until you can obtain dental treatment. Follow the directions on the medication packet for dose and maximum dose per day and consult with your doctor or pharmacist about the suitability of these medications for you. Do not apply aspirin or any other painkiller directly to the gum or tooth, as it can burn the gum tissue.
  4. Contact your dentist to schedule an appointment as soon as possible to diagnose and treat the underlying cause of the toothache.
  1. Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the area.
  2. If you can find the broken tooth fragment, rinse it gently with water and keep it moist.
  3. Apply a cold compress to the affected area to minimise swelling.
  4. Contact your dentist immediately for an emergency appointment. Bring the broken tooth fragment with you, as it may be possible to repair or reattach it.
  1. Handle the tooth by the crown (the visible part) and avoid touching the root.
  2. If the tooth is dirty, gently rinse it with milk or saliva, or rinse it briefly with water without scrubbing or removing any attached tissue fragments.
  3. If possible, try to reinsert the tooth back into the socket, making sure it is facing the correct way. Hold it in place by biting down gently on a clean cloth or gauze.
  4. If you cannot replant the tooth, place it in a container with milk or saliva to keep it moist.
  5. Seek immediate dental attention within 30 minutes, as the chances of saving the tooth decrease with time.
  1. Keep the affected area clean by rinsing with warm water.
  2. Avoid chewing on the affected tooth until it can be repaired to prevent further damage.
  3. Contact your dentist for an appointment to have the filling or crown replaced or repaired.

If the toothache is severe, accompanied by swelling, fever, or difficulty breathing or swallowing, it may indicate a more serious infection or abscess. In such cases, seek immediate dental or medical attention and you may be advised to attend the emergency room at hospital.

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