At Top Health Dental we offer our patients convenient appointment times and flexible opening hours, but we understand that emergencies don’t always keep office hours. That’s why we’re pleased to be your emergency dentist on call in Ryde. Our dental practice offers emergency dental appointments for patients to ensure you receive urgent care. Today we’re going to help you understand what to do if you need an emergency dentist and how to manage the situation until you reach one.
What Is A Dental Emergency And When Should You Call For Help?
Dental emergencies feature a very broad range of events. They can include severe toothaches, as well as teeth that have been knocked out. If you or a loved one has experienced knocked out teeth it is important to reach your dentist within 30 minutes, to be able to save the tooth.
Some examples of dental emergencies include
- Very painful or intense toothache
- Knocked-out teeth
- Injuries or trauma to the soft tissues of the mouth – lips, tongue, cheeks or gums
- A lost restoration (filling or crown)
- A damaged dental implant
If you are unsure, it is always best to err on the side of caution and contact your dentist immediately. As a general rule, if your situation is unmanageable it’s best to seek emergency dental care as soon as possible.
Managing A Knocked-Out Tooth
We are going to give you some advice about managing a knocked-out tooth today because, when this happens, you have a time restriction in place if you want to save the tooth. At Top Health Dental saving the teeth is our priority because we believe that prevention is better than cure. Your natural teeth are better suited to your mouth than tooth replacement options.
If a tooth has been knocked out, keeping it clean and not damaging the teeth roots are of the utmost importance. This means you should pick it up at the crown and not handle the roots at all. They are very delicate and sensitive.
If the tooth has fallen to the ground and got dirty you can rinse it, but very gently.
Once the tooth is clean you should try to return it to the socket. Taking the tooth by the crown, position the tooth in the socket and close your mouth around it very slowly, taking care not to push with your fingers.
In the event that you can’t get your tooth back into its socket, you should keep the tooth wet until you can reach your emergency dentist. Remember: you need to aim to do this within 30 minutes. To keep the tooth wet, you can keep it in your cheek pouch or in a small container of milk.
Injuries Or Trauma To Soft Tissue
Damage to lips, cheeks or the tongue can occur and may result in a lot of bleeding. Your first priority is to curb the bleeding while you make your way to the emergency dentist or your local clinic.
Even if you are able to manage the rate of bleeding with a gauze or cotton swab, it’s quite likely that stitches may be required so you must seek emergency dental care.
A Lost Restoration
Fillings and crowns can get lost over time, and if they do come off, can result in pain as bacteria and debris can access your tooth. You may want to avoid eating and drinking and ensure you keep your mouth as clean and bacteria-free as possible until you reach your emergency dentist.
A Damaged Dental Implant
A loose, fractured or damaged dental implant must be tended to as soon as possible to manage your risk of infection. Keep your mouth as clean as possible, avoid smoking and tobacco products and chew on the other side of your mouth if possible. Report the incident to your dentist as soon as possible for emergency dental advice.
Severe Or Intense Toothache
Toothache should not keep you awake at night or interfere with your day-to-day life. Sometimes a toothache can be so severe that it is unbearable. When this happens it could be a sign of an abscess or cyst, which is a very painful pocket of infected material that jeopardises the health of your teeth.
Your emergency dental treatment may involve draining the infected material and a course of antibiotics. You may need strong pain relief until you receive emergency dental care.
It’s worth chatting to an emergency dentist within a 30-minute radius of your home – before you have a dental emergency! Please call our practice to find a dentist for your family’s growing needs: (02) 8776 3232.