Emergency Dental Treatment in Adelaide

Emergencies can happen and they are almost always unexpected & out of the blue. When these emergencies happen the faster you can get to a dentist the better the outcome can be in most cases. Unfortunately, not everyone knows when to treat a dental problem as an emergency. You may delay treatment because you assume that you need to schedule an appointment, this is why we have reserved appointments each day for dental emergencies at Quality Dental @ Newton.

When & if a dental problem arises, you need to remain calm and assess the situation. Determine whether the issue is an emergency or if it is an issue that can be treated  later.

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The following issues will need emergency dental treatment, if you do have any of the below please call us asap:

  • Severe tooth pain or sensitivity
  • Broken or chipped tooth
  • Knocked out tooth or teeth
  • Abscess or dental infection

What Else Should You Know About Dental Emergencies?

The main point is that immediate dental treatment increases the chances of a successful outcome. Whether you have a broken tooth, an infection, a missing tooth, or severe pain, emergency dental services could prevent additional pain or damage to the affected area.

It’s also important to know that you cannot protect yourself 100% against injury to your teeth. But, you can take precautions to limit the chances of requiring emergency dental work. For example if you or your child is playing sport, then wearing a mouth guard is recommended.  This could protect against one of the most common causes of broken or chipped teeth – sports injuries. 

Making sure you are brushing and flossing on a regular basis to keep the mouth as clean as possible to reduce the chances of infection.

You should also avoid using your teeth to open things. As mentioned, attempting to open a bottle or rip open a package using your teeth can result in unnecessary pressure, potentially causing a fracture or crack.

If you’re worried about dental emergencies involving your children, remember that baby teeth don’t need to be saved. The first set of babies teeth fall out anyway so it is not always necessary to bring your child in if they lose one. 

However, if the tooth is knocked out due to an injury, then you should schedule an appointment to have your dentist examine the gums and other teeth for any signs of damage or stress, to other teeth in the gums.

Frequently Asked Dental Emergency Questions

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Ask yourself these very important questions if you think you are having a dental emergency.

  1. Is the tooth or teeth causing you sever discomfort? (throbbing)
  2. Our you bleeding from the mouth?
  3. Is there a tooth, or teeth missing or loose?
  4. Is there a noticeable crack or chip on the tooth or teeth?

If you are suffering some of the above or something similar then please call us as soon as possible to see if we can book you in for some emergency dental work.

We keep several spots open each day for emergency appointments. So if you are having a dental emergency anywhere in Adelaide please give us a call & see if we have a spot available for you.

Retrieve the tooth, hold it by the crown (the part that is usually exposed in the mouth), and if it’s dirty remove particles with the patients saliva or a quick 5 second rinse with water. Do not scrub it or remove any attached tissue fragments.

If possible, try to put the tooth back in place.

Make sure it’s facing the right way. Never force it into the socket. If it’s not possible to reinsert the tooth in the socket, put the tooth in a small container of milk, wrap in cling film or if possible ask the patient to place the tooth against their cheek in their mouth.

In all cases, see a dentist as quickly as possible. Knocked out teeth with the highest chances of being saved are those seen by the dentist and returned to their socket within 1 hour of being knocked out.

When your child’s baby (or primary) teeth are injured, they can be aesthetically restored, but in general, we don’t recommend placing a knocked out baby tooth. Further damage can be caused to the soft permanent tooth that is still developing underneath

Most chipped or fractured tooth crowns can be repaired either by reattaching the broken piece or by placing a tooth-coloured resin filling or Ceramic restoration.

The bigger the broken off part, the more likely it is that you’ll need a ceramic crown or ceramic restoration to replace the lost tooth structure. It’s also important to assess the root of the tooth for fractures and the surrounding bone if you’ve had a severe knock to your face or jaw, this can be done using a dental X-ray.

Sometimes you may have split or cracked a tooth but the damage isn’t evident straight away, it’s important to have and cracks or splits not visible treated as soon as possible.

If you’re finding that breathing through your mouth or eating or drinking cold food is painful, the inside of your tooth could be exposed or damaged. If this is the case, you might need root canal treatment.

If you can see blood or a pink area at the centre of the tooth, you may have exposed the nerve of the tooth. Apply a small piece of gauze to the area and bite down gently. Contact us for a dental appointment straight away.

Try these self-care tips for some temporary relief, while you’re waiting to see your dentist:

  • Rinse your mouth with warm salt water
  • Floss gently to remove built up plaque or food in between teeth
  • Apply a cold compress to your cheek or jaw
  • Take an over-the-counter pain medication, like ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), acetaminophen (Tylenol), and aspirin can relieve minor pain
  • Numbing gels or pastes, such as benzocaine, can help to dull the pain

Treatment for a toothache depends on the cause or source of pain. If a cavity is causing the toothache, your dentist will remove the decay or infection, fill the cavity or possibly extract the tooth (only if there is no way to save the tooth).

A root canal may be necessary if the cause of the toothache is from an infection of the tooth’s nerve. Bacteria that have worked their way into the inner areas of the tooth cause that type of infection. Your dentist may prescribe an antibiotic, if there is swelling or fever in the jaw to get rid of the infection