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Experiencing a dental emergency? Don't stress.

Find out what you need to do in a dental emergency, or just come in straight away for treatment.

In a perfect world, you would only require dental services during regular business hours. Often, situations arise that require emergency dentistry after hours. Because we understand these unusual circumstances, our dentist, offers patients compassionate care whenever the need arises.

We understand that when you have a dental emergency, it can be distressing and inconvenient. That’s why we will always deal with your dental emergency efficiently, addressing your issue and making you comfortable as quickly as possible. Our dentists are skilled at handling all types of dental emergencies, ranging from toothaches to chipped or broken teeth to impacted wisdom teeth and broken dentures.

It is important to get a toothache treated as soon as possible, as it’s a sign of an underlying problem with a tooth or multiple teeth. If left untreated, the issue may worsen over time. Treating the dental problem early will most likely be less costly and extensive than if the problem is left alone. Sometimes a toothache may go away, however the problem that caused the toothache originally will remain and most likely worsen until it is treated by a Dentist.

The reception team at Redland Bay Smiles book out certain time slots in each of our Dentists day book in order to accommodate toothaches and dental emergencies. We understand that tooth and gum pain can arise at any time and as such we are open after hours to accommodate such occurrences. Our reception team will strive to provide appointments for patients in pain within 24 hours of their phone call.

Call us now on (07) 3063 5698.

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What is the most common dental emergency?

We see a large number of dental emergencies come through the doors every year. By far the most common reason for someone coming into emergency dental is tooth pain. Whether caused by infection or an accident, tooth pain is usually the main reason for people to decide that they’ve had enough and need to see a dentist immediately. Perhaps the next most common form of dental emergency is broken teeth. We see people come in with broken teeth from sporting accidents (such as taking a dive on the netball court), trips and falls, and more unlikely incidents such as bicycle accidents.

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What to do with a Knocked-Out Tooth

Having a tooth knocked out accidentally can be a traumatic experience for everyone involved. If this has just happened to you, there are two steps you can take. Either replace the tooth in the hole immediately and hold it there firmly, or place the tooth in a glass of milk and schedule an emergency dentist appointment immediately. Time is critical, so the sooner you can get in to see us, the better.

Is tooth abscess considered a dental emergency?

A tooth abscess definitely qualifies as a dental emergency. Without rapid, effective treatment, the underlying infection that causes a tooth abscess can spread throughout neighbouring parts of the body, into the head and neck. Given time, a tooth abscess can even result in a brain abscess which may be fatal.

What is a dental emergency?

A dental emergency is any incident that leads to you requiring immediate dental treatment. It can relate to your teeth or gums and may arise from injury, infection, bleeding, swelling or pain. If you are experiencing a dental emergency, we strongly encourage you to call us as soon as possible. The sooner we can assess your situation and treat you, the better the chance of you experiencing a quick recovery. There are many types of dental emergencies, including:
  • Toothache
  • Knocked-out tooth
  • Chips, fractures and cracks
  • Bitten lips or cheeks
  • Abscesses and swelling
  • Soft tissue trauma and bleeding
  • Jaw pain

Is periodontitis a dental emergency?

Periodontitis is usually not considered a dental emergency. However, if you have left your condition for a very long time without dental treatment, you may require urgent intervention to help prevent the issue getting worse. Advanced periodontitis can lead to the loss of bone and tissue in the surrounding areas, which can have serious long-term impacts on your dental health.

What isn’t a dental emergency?

As a general rule, anything that may not be immediately threatening your health or that can be address within a reasonably long timeframe is not a dental emergency. If you can take care of it next week and the outcome will be exactly the same, it’s not an emergency.

When to see a dentist for toothache

Persistent toothache can be a strong sign of a serious underlying problem. If you’re suffering from toothache, there are some simple steps you can take to help eliminate it before deciding to see a dentist.
  1. Rinse your mouth. Use lukewarm water. This may help wash out any debris that’s placing pressure on your teeth.
  2. Use some over-the-counter medication, such as Panadol or Nurofen, to manage light pain.
  3. Use an ice pack (properly insulated) on the outside of your cheek if you have noticeable swelling.
  4. If pain persists, give us a call.

What to do with a knocked-out tooth

A knocked-out tooth is a genuine dental emergency. Time is absolutely critical if you’re going to save the tooth. There are some important steps to follow when you lose a tooth:
  1. Find the tooth. In these situations it can be easy to become flustered. Stay calm and search for the tooth.
  2. Do not touch the roots of the tooth. Only touch the crown of the tooth (the top).
  3. Do not attempt to clean the tooth of any issue or anything else from your mouth.
  4. Clean all dirt and dust away from the tooth. Milk or water is appropriate for this.
  5. Replant the tooth. Place it gently into the socket and hold it in place. If this is not possibly, hold the tooth inside your mouth, such as up against you cheek.
  6. Go to your nearest emergency dental surgery (or call us for directions!)
At all times, it is important to ensure that the tooth does not dry out. If you’re not squeamish, the best thing you can do is pick it up, suck it clean and stick it back where it came from, then immediately come and visit us. If it’s a baby tooth, do not place it back in the socket – just come and visit us.

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