We allocate emergency appointments for existing and new patients every day during our business hours. As these appointments can fill quickly, please call us early in the day to ensure that you can be seen promptly to evaluate your particular emergency.
Emergency Out-of-hours Treatment
All Day Everyday Dental
117 Barkers Road
Kew VIC 3101
Ph – 9853 1855
Open Mon – Sat 8:30am – late
Sun 10am - late
Royal Dental Hospital Melbourne
1300 360 054 (Country callers 1800 833 039)
Monday to Friday 8:00am to 8:30pm
Weekends and Public Holidays 8:30am to 8:00pm
Outside those times contact your local hospital emergency department.
Knocked Out (Avulsed) Teeth
If a tooth is completely knocked out, you must seek dental/medical care immediately. If possible, it's best to put the tooth back in its socket (except with children under 12 years old, who may swallow it). Hold the tooth by the crown (chewing edge), never the roots. If dirty, rinse with saliva or water. Do not use soap or other cleaning agents; never scrape, scrub or brush the tooth. Making sure it's facing the right way, place the tooth back into its socket as quickly as possible. The less time the tooth is out of its socket, the better the chance of saving it (two hours is the most for survival). To stabilize the tooth and minimize bleeding, gently bite on clean gauze, a wet tea bag or a wad of cloth until you reach your dentist/hospital emergency room.
If you're unable to put the tooth back in its socket, it's critical to keep the tooth moist. Immediately place the tooth in a cup of cold milk, saliva, cool water with saline solution (not contact lens solution or tap water). You also can put the tooth between your gum and cheek or underneath your tongue.
If you can get to dental/medical care within 30 minutes and the tooth has been properly preserved, chances are good that it can be successfully re-implanted. In most cases, only permanent (adult) teeth are re-implanted. Primary (baby) teeth usually are not re-implanted to avoid injury to the developing permanent tooth growing inside the bone.
If a tooth become loose or pushed to one side after an accident or sport injury, seek dental help as soon as possible to rectify the problem.
Preventing tooth trauma
Tooth trauma is not completely preventable but certain steps can be taken to reduce the chance of injury. Here are some tips to help prevent tooth injury:
- Avoid chewing on hard objects like, chop bones, hard lollies, ice, hard biscuits or pens
- Try to avoid grinding your teeth (if you do grind ask one of our dentists about a night splint/guard)
- Avoid fights
- If a sport is played always wear a sport teeth guard (ask one of our dentists about a mouthguard)
- Safeguard the home from tripping hazards and use safety gates at stairs for children