Would you be helpful in a dental emergency or would you give outdated or just plain wrong advice? If one of your children knocked out a tooth, would you be able to apply first aid?
A Bentleigh boy has quick-thinking adults to thank for knowing what to do when four of his top teeth were smashed out during a football game. They put the teeth into a cup of milk and rang for the dentist. Dr Harry Marget, of East Bentleigh Dental Group, drove up immediately from the Mornington Peninsula, where he was spending the weekend, and wired the boy’s teeth back into his jaw.
A few months later when the boy attended his dental review, all four had survived.
Unfortunately, as luck would have it, the boy suffered another dental emergency just two years later. He knocked out two of his teeth while skating. His father grabbed the damaged teeth and put them back in his son’s mouth – held in place with aluminium foil.
This improvisation was good enough to keep the teeth viable while the boy was transported to his Bentleigh dentist. Dr Harry Marget rewired the teeth into his patient’s jaw, saving the boy’s teeth for a miracle second time!
A dental emergency can be alarming but if you stay calm and seek emergency dental treatment for the injured person, they will have the best chance of keeping their natural teeth.
Take the injured person to the dentist immediately. East Bentleigh Dental Group always has a dentist available for emergency dental services. This gives our patients peace of mind as they know they will always have help during a crisis.
Immediate access to the patient provides the dentist with the best chance of saving the tooth or teeth. They will also be able to provide pain relief to the patient while they wire the teeth back into the jaw.
To cope with the most common emergency dental situations, here are some valuable tips:
Once you have arrived at the East Bentleigh Dental Group surgery we can manage your pain and put you at ease. Our practice offers the latest technologies in sleep dentistry and sedation dentistry to reduce your anxiety and discomfort while we work efficiently to repair the damage to your teeth.