In the case of a dental emergency, the best thing you can do is remain calm and reach out to a reliable emergency dentist. What’s important is to take action fast since a few hours or days can be the difference between saving or losing a tooth.
Our team at Dentists at Coorparoo offers emergency dental services to all Brisbane-area residents who need urgent care.
Keep our contact number—(07) 3847 8001—somewhere you can find it quickly so you won’t waste any time in the case of a dental emergency.
What Is a Dental Emergency?
If you feel like you have a dental emergency but aren’t sure, please don’t hesitate to call our office to guide you and see if your condition requires emergency care. Depending on your symptoms, it may be essential for you to seek immediate medical attention or come into our dental office right away.
Here are some conditions where emergency dental treatment may be necessary.
Avulsed (Knocked Out) Teeth
When you lose one or more of your teeth due to trauma, all of the supporting tissues, nerves, and blood vessels get damaged almost instantly. This type of damage is rarely fixable and typically requires a root canal. However, the avulsed tooth can potentially reattach itself to the root if you get treatment quickly enough.
If you have a tooth knocked out, here are a few things you can do to increase your chances of saving it.
- See an emergency dentist right away
- Handle the removed tooth with extreme care
- Keep the tooth moist by soaking it in milk until bringing it to your dentist
If your healthy tooth comes out, you must see your dentist within an hour if possible. Your dentist will use a splint to hold the tooth in its socket for several days. Depending on how severe the damage to your tooth, the healing process can take up to four weeks. You’ll need to conduct regular dentist visits for about six months to ensure that your tooth is healing properly.
In some instances, severely damaged or impacted teeth can cause you a great deal of pain and discomfort. As a result, tooth extraction is the best form of treatment. If you feel like you need one or more of your teeth extracted, please don’t put it off. The longer you wait, the more pain you’ll experience. You can typically make a same-day appointment with your dentist for tooth extractions.
A Broken Crown
While dental laboratory technicians design crowns to last decades, they can loosen or fall out. If your crown breaks or falls out, you must seek dental treatment as soon as possible. Otherwise, your tooth will become vulnerable to future damage.
A tooth infection (also known as an abscess) is a build-up of pus inside or around your tooth. The thick pus can quickly turn into a bacterial infection if you leave it untreated. When you have a tooth infection, the body sends signals to cause inflammation around the affected area. The inflammation around the tooth can increase pressure and cause severe discomfort.
Tooth infections are often a result of gum disease. While an infection can start as mild, it can spread to other areas of your mouth and become a life-threatening condition. As a result, you must treat a tooth infection right away to protect your oral health.
Your dentist will aim to stop the infection from spreading by providing antibiotics. In severe cases, your dentist may need to drain the infected area via a procedure called incision and drainage. This procedure is a fast-acting way to reduce inflammation and pain for the patient.
If you start to notice abnormal swelling or pain around one or more of your teeth, be sure to book an appointment with your dentist right away so they can check for an infection.
Have a Dental Emergency? Contact Our Office Today!
There’s no doubt that dealing with dental emergencies can be scary. However, our team here at Dentists at Coorparoo provide emergency dental services upon which Coorparoo residents can rely. We know exactly what to do to make you feel more at ease. Our wide range of dental procedures can help you through any dental emergency and save your smile.
If you believe that you have a dental emergency, please call our Brisbane-area family dental office, Dentists at Coorparoo, today on (07) 3608 1024 for guidance. We can also provide cosmetic dentistry and other non-emergency services.