Receiving timeous emergency dental care can make the difference between saving and losing a tooth. Knowing what to do in dental emergencies, and who to contact, can make a major difference in terms of how you deal with a dental problem. If you believe you have a dental emergency please call (02) 9398 9398 now.
Randwick Smiles is pleased to offer our patients a high level of urgent and emergency dental care in Sydney and surrounding areas.
What Is Emergency Dental Care?
Traumas and injuries to the mouth can cause teeth to be cracked, broken or knocked out. Depending on where in the mouth the tooth was located, and the severity of the injury will determine whether it is an emergency. Sometimes a patient can experience such a degree of pain that it is considered a dental emergency.
In the event that a big piece of the tooth has been knocked out or there is nerve damage, you will need emergency dental care. Other examples of dental emergencies include:
- Uncontrolled bleeding because of a trauma to the mouth
- Swelling in your face
- Extreme dental pain or pain in the mouth, teeth, jaw or gums
- Losing a dental restoration like a filling or a dental implant could also constitute a dental emergency.
If your dental problem has had a sudden onset and appears to be getting worse rapidly, it’s quite likely that it is a dental emergency.
How To Get Emergency Dental Care
If you have a dental emergency please call your dentist as soon as possible.
You will be asked a number of questions about your situation, in order for the person answering the call to help you in the most efficient way possible. If you do have a dental emergency you will be helped within 24 hours. If it appears that your problem is not an emergency you will be given an appointment time.
The purpose of the emergency dental treatment is to stop the pain or bleeding as soon as possible. It is quite likely you will need to return to have the root cause of your problem examined and resolved during business hours.
How To Manage A Dental Emergency Until You Can Get Professional Help
Once you have made contact with us, there are some steps you can follow which may lessen your discomfort.
Dealing With Severe Toothache
After rinsing your mouth with warm water, take an over-the-counter painkiller to lessen the pain while you wait for your emergency appointment.
Managing A Cracked Tooth
Rinse your mouth with warm water before applying a cold compress to the side of your face. Be careful not to touch the cracked tooth until you get professional help.
If There Is An Object Stuck Between Your Teeth
Try to remove the object gently using a pair of tweezers, or floss it out. If this does not work, apply pressure gently to the area.
What To Do If A Tooth Has Been Knocked Out
If possible try to place the displaced tooth carefully back into its socket and applying gentle pressure. Is this does not work keep the tooth clean and moist by placing it inside your cheek. Do not touch the roots or tooth socket while you wait to for emergency dental care.
How To Manage Bleeding From The Mouth
Rinse your mouth with warm water and place a cold compress on the area. Apply gentle pressure to stop the bleeding before making an appointment with your emergency dentist.
Should You Go To The Hospital?
Hospitals can manage a dental emergency until such time as your dentist is available to see you. The clinic or hospital would manage the bleeding, swelling or pain until such time as you can get an emergency dental appointment. If you are unsure if you should go to the hospital, call us immediately.
At Randwick Smiles, our dentists are well experienced at dealing with all kinds of emergency dental care and can assist our patients with urgent dental care. We are not a 24-hour dentist so we may refer some matters to a clinic or hospital but will be able to give you sound dental advice to deal with your situation.
To find out more about emergency dental care or please contact our practice: (02) 9398 9398