Our most frequently asked questions

When it comes to your oral health, there is no such thing as a silly question. Our staff at Dentist on Tweed and Dentist at Southport is here to answer your questions. Our FAQ page is dedicated in helping anyone looking for advice.

In the case that you don’t see your question below or on our services or blog pages, please call our Tweed Coast dental surgery

An on-going toothache is a definite sign that you should make an appointment with your dentist. Until you can see your dentist, we recommend rinsing your mouth out with water and flossing to help remove debris, which may reduce pain. If you have any swelling, apply a cold compression to your cheek. 

You may use painkillers, although avoid aspirin as they are known to prevent blood from clotting.

We find if you place a tiny bit of cotton ball or little piece of wax over the end of the wire, it will stop it from being irritating or uncomfortable.

If the wire has pierced your cheek, please call your dentist immediately. Do not attempt to remove the wire yourself as it may cause you more harm.

It can! You have about 30 minutes to call our emergency dental service to rescue the tooth. Until you arrive, gently clean the tooth with water only and place it back into the socket the right way up. If the tooth cannot be replanted, place the tooth in a container of milk or water. Alternatively, you can place the tooth inside your cheek until you reach your dental office.

Make a dental appointment straight away. In the meantime, clean the chipped tooth segment with water, milk or your own saliva. To help reduce swelling and minimise pain, apply a cold compression to the area.

If your lip or tongue is bleeding, apply direct pressure with a clean piece of cloth or gauze. Swelling can be reduced with a cold compression. For severe cuts, call your dentist or doctor immediately.