What Should I Do in a Dental Emergency?HEALTH SERVICES BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
What is a Dental Emergency?
Dental emergencies can occur at any time and any place, so it is super important to be prepared. A dental emergency is any situation that brings trauma to your mouth, causing it to bleed, sell, or affect the condition of your teeth, gums and other surrounding mouth tissue.
What can be Considered as a Dental Emergency?
Your tooth may be partially dislodged or completely removed from the socket. A sense of urgency is a must as both conditions require emergency dental care, as the tooth can die within an hour of being dislodged. If your tooth has been completely removed, the first step is to find your actual tooth and preserve it in milk or saline as soon as it is knocked out, until you see a dentist. If you have a partially-dislodged tooth, try to rinse your mouth to remove any debris and gently tap it back into the socket. Time is critical in saving the tooth so contact us on 1800 667 246 immediately for an emergency appointment.
Facial or Gum Swelling
Pain or Sensitivity
Chipped, Cracked or Broken Tooth
A toothache can be caused by a number of reasons including; infection, cracked tooth, cavity or a leaky filling. This may also escalate and cause pain around your jaw area and cause your gum around the tooth to become red and puffy, causing nasty taste or a bad breath.
Infected or Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Emergency Root Canal Therapy
If an infection enters this portion of your tooth, the toothache can create the need for immediate dental care. As a result, we regularly perform emergency root canals. It is important to visit us as soon as you have a toothache because if it is left alone, that same infection can spread.
Whether you have knocked your tooth out, have facial or gum swelling, have pain or sensitivity, have chipped, cracked or broken a tooth, have a toothache or are experiencing other dental problems, you should try to remain calm. The instant feeling in any emergency is to panic, but it is critical that you try your best to stay level headed, so you can address immediate symptoms such as pain, bleeding or swelling by seeing a dentist as soon as possible.
In House General Anesthetic
Dental fear affects ⅓ Australian adults. Many of our patients have told us that visiting the dentist can be scary for a number of reasons. Dental fear is something we hear often and prevents patients from visiting the dentist for years. One bad experience at a dentist due to a painful experience, being reprimanded or judged or not being listened to, can cause dental anxiety. This is why at Dental Boutique we pride ourselves in ensuring our patients not only have a great result but have a comfortable, minimal discomfort and anxiety free journey. At Dental Boutique, our passion is to empower people to overcome their fears to achieve dental health and smile they deserve. We have a special interest and focus on minimal discomfort solutions. We offer In House General Anesthetic solutions such as General Anaesthesia (GA), where patients receive dental treatment while they are “asleep”. This is ideal for people who have dental anxiety or phobia, fear of needles, have a low pain threshold, have a history of traumatic dental experiences, a strong gag reflex or those who have complex dental requirements.
What do I do if I have a Dental Emergency?
If you or someone around you is involved in a dental emergency, contact 1800 667 246 immediately. There are dental problems which unfortunately are unavoidable, no matter how hard we protect or care for ourselves. While there is no substitute for professional dental care, knowing how to act quickly can relieve discomfort until you see us. We will ask for details of your situation and advise you of the next steps to take prior to seeing us. We will be able to direct you on how to handle the situation with first-aid steps to follow. If urgent care is required, we will help make an emergency appointment.
What can I do to Prevent Dental Emergencies?
It is important to care for your teeth and gums and maintain optimal hygiene health. Dental emergencies can often be avoided by having regular check-ups. Seeing a dentist at minimum every 6 months will allow them to detect potential problems early, which may mean easier and less-costly treatment in the long run. Although some Dental Emergencies are unavoidable, there are many that are. Here is our formula to success:
Regular check-ups + good oral health regime at home = preventative measure to some Dental Emergencies.
Steps to Caring for your Teeth and Gums
Here is how you can prevent some Dental Emergencies;
I’m Scared of the Costs Associated with my Dental Emergency…
At Dental Boutique we offer payment plans to help with all of your dental needs. Dental emergencies can be stressful, so we want to limit that stress as much as possible. While many of our new patients are attracted by the option of payment plans, they are often also pleasantly surprised to find that treatment will cost less than expected. However, if finance is a barrier to fixing your dental emergency problems, we offer payment plans, allowing you to start treatment straight away. Your dedicated Patient Consultant will help you choose the most suitable payment plan option to suit your lifestyle and budget.
So What Now?
Now that you know more about dental emergencies, we hope that we can be of assistance. If you call 1800 667 246″, we will complete an emergency assessment with you and a dentist, so we can minimise your risk as soon as possible. We will then provide you with the next steps to fixing your dental health.