When you’re in an urgent situation it really helps when you have a reliable 24-hour emergency dentist you can rely on. Problems such as intense toothache, teeth that have been knocked out and dental abscesses need to be addressed right away. Our emergency dentist is available to help you with your dental emergency. If you think you are experiencing a dental emergency please call us now: (02) 8188 4625
What Situations Are Considered Dental Emergencies?
Any pain or discomfort that prevents you from sleeping or going about your day to day activities requires 24-hour urgent care. If you are feeling pain or discomfort that is getting worse you could be experiencing a dental emergency.
How Do You Know If You Should Go To The Emergency Dentist Or Visit The Hospital?
If you have pain in your teeth or gums without a physical incident, that starts without warning and gets worse, you should give your emergency dentist a call. You will be asked a series of questions so that the dentist can determine whether your situation is an emergency. Other incidents that warrant a visit to your emergency dentist include cracked teeth, dislodged teeth, items that are stuck between your teeth or a bitten tongue. If your jaw is broken, you have severe damage to your teeth or lips or you can’t stop bleeding from your mouth you should rather head to the emergency department of your nearest hospital.
How Do I Get An Emergency Dentist Appointment?
Make a call to our practice (our number is (02) 8188 4625) and speak to our friendly receptionist, who will book you an appointment and explain some essential steps that may enable you to save your tooth. Get to the practice as soon as you can.
Is It An Emergency?
If you act quickly and calmly, you should be able to manage a dental emergency by following the steps we have mentioned below. Quick action could make the difference between saving and losing your tooth.
A severe toothache
Why is it an emergency? Severe toothache or toothache that is getting worse could be an indication that you have an abscess. Toothache could also indicate the presence of decay, which would also need to be addressed quickly but it is not considered as an emergency. What should you do about it? Rinse your mouth with water and then take an over the counter pain relief medication to tie you over until the emergency dentist can see you.
One or more of your teeth have been knocked out
Why is it an emergency? There is a chance the tooth can be put back into your mouth if you act quickly. If you cannot find the tooth, if the tooth is damaged, or if too much time passes before trying to replace it, you may lose the tooth. What should you do about it? Locate the knocked out tooth and pick it up very gently at the crown being careful not to touch the roots. Rinse it with milk or saline solution. Do not touch the socket either, even with the tip of your tongue. If you can try, turn the tooth in the right direction and press is gently but firmly into the socket. If you can’t do this, put the tooth into a container or some milk to keep it moist and safe before heading off to your emergency dentist.
Bleeding from the gums, mouth or lips
Why is it an emergency? If you are bleeding from your mouth you need to find the source of the bleeding and stop it as quickly as possible. What should you do about it? Rinse your mouth out with warm water to clean it. Apply gentle pressure to the area with a compress and make an appointment to see your emergency dentist as soon as you can.
Why is it an emergency? If you have cracked your tooth enamel or exposed the root, your dentist needs to help you as quickly as possible. What should you do about it? Rinse your mouth with warm water and then apply an ice pack or cold compress to the area. Get to your emergency dentist as soon as possible.
An object is lodged between your teeth
Why is it an emergency? Depending on the size and angle of the object it is likely to be putting your teeth under pressure. What should you do about it? First try to remove the object with a pair of tweezers, being careful not to damage your gums or press the object in further. If this is not successful try using dental floss. If this doesn’t work either, place the area under gentle pressure, put a cold press against the area and make a call to your emergency dentist as soon as you can.
How To Find An Emergency Dentist
A good emergency dentist will:
- Be close to your home
- Be available after hours and over weekends
- Schedule an emergency appointment quickly
- Act quickly to save your tooth when possible
- Explain how much does an emergency dentist cost