Dr Peter Etcell and Associates



Image of a Smile | Fairfield NSW Dentist

Famous last words! But, why is it that Dentists and Hygienists can find issues with your mouth if you feel perfectly fine?!

The answer is simply because by the time you are feel a twinge or a sharp pain, decay has usually progressed to a more serious level. By this time more damage has been done to the tooth and/or gums. I know you hear this from us all the time, but visiting us regularly is so important and can save you big $$ in the long run!

Your mouth is not the only place where pain is a sign that things have been brewing for a while. Think about heart attacks ...

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What to do if a tooth is knocked out

Knocked out tooth | Fairfield NSW Dentist

Every year accidents do occur and teeth are knocked out. If a tooth is knocked out, remain calm and act quickly.

The following steps should be taken:

  • Carefully find the tooth, handle it by the crown only (not the root) and ensure it is clean. The crown is the smooth white part of the tooth that is normally visible in the mouth.
  • If the root is dirty, and the patient is calm and conscious, they can gently suck the tooth clean. Alternatively, rinse the tooth in milk or very briefly in water.
  • Immediately replant the tooth in the socket making sure the tooth is facing the right way around. Time is critical and immediate ...

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