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    What to do if you have a dental emergency

    There are many situations that are considered as dental emergencies. A broken tooth, a lost filling, bleeding gums, painful gums, a sore tooth, a broken denture or a dislodged orthodontic bracket are all situations that require prompt treatment but are not true emergencies in terms of requiring immediate treatment as it may adversely affect your general health in the short term.

    However, there are situations that should be attended to as soon as possible. These situations include a swollen gum, facial swelling, a painful tooth that is sensitive to touch or bite on, or is sensitive to hot and cold. We say that they should be seen to as soon as possible because these symptoms can be indicative of an infection which can spread to the adjoining areas and then become a lot more serious if left alone.

    A dental emergency can often be treated quickly with a minimum amount of intervention in the first instance so that more definitive treatment can be carried out at a future visit.  For example, a temporary filling can be placed for a broken tooth and then an appointment made for a crown or filling depending on the situation.  If a tooth is infected and needs a root canal treatment, we can drain the infection and then make an appointment for the long-term treatment.

    There are situations, where antibiotics and/or analgesic medications are prescribed first or in conjunction with the initial treatment.

    If you have a toothache or pain in the mouth, call our clinic as soon as possible on 9386 1805 or leave a message on our website pop up on the lower right of the screen and we will contact you as soon as possible. We are open 7 days a week (not public holidays).

    On public holidays, The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne is open from 8.30am to 6.00pm.  The hospital is situated at 720 Swanston Street, Carlton 3053

    If you are not sure if your situation is an emergency, we suggest to err on the side of caution and make an appointment to see us or call us to arrange a Telehealth consultation.

    We are happy to see patients from all over Melbourne, even if you’re not one of our regular patients. We see patients from all of the surrounding suburbs including Brunswick, Essendon, Fawner, Preston, Northcote and Campbellfield dental patients.

    To make an appointment, just call (03) 9386 1805.

    Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.