A dental emergency can be scary, especially if you’re in pain or if it’s interrupting your sleep. For urgent dental care, call us on (07) 5562 5600 for a same day appointment.
Tooth pain and dental injuries must be treated as soon as possible to avoid more serve pain, serious and permanent complications or costly treatment.
Not only are our experienced team here to help ease your pain, but we can also help prevent long-term trauma, save your natural teeth and reduce the need for restorative treatment.
A dental emergency can include:
- Persistent or severe pain, especially if it disrupts your sleep
- Swelling or trauma
- Lost crown or filling
- Tooth fracture, an opening of the tooth’s nerve
- Excessive bleeding
While waiting to receive professional treatment, follow these tips to handle a dental emergency:
Toothaches are one of the most common dental emergencies and can sometimes signify more serious issues. Toothaches occur from inflammation of the pulp of the tooth and are often caused by dental cavities, trauma or infection.
For immediate soreness and headache relief, take a generic painkiller like Ibuprofen (Nurofen) or Paracetamol (Panadol). You can also use a cold compress on the outside of your cheek to relieve pain.
Chewed on a hard lolly? Fallen over? Had a silly accident? Cracking your tooth is another common and inconvenient dental emergency. But luckily, it is fixable and a quick trip to the dentist will get your smile back and get you out of pain in no time.
If you have a chipped or broken tooth, be sure to rinse your mouth out with warm saltwater to kill any germs. Apply a frozen ice pack to prevent or reduce swelling or pain.
If left untreated, a cracked tooth can cause tooth decay which can lead to serious damage to the dental pulp. If your broken tooth is sensitive to touch, air or water, this is especially a sign to seek urgent treatment.
Visit our experienced dentists to fix/replace the tooth to restore your smile and functionality.
Suffering from a serious sporting injury?
If your tooth has been knocked out, contact us immediately – the sooner your dentist reinserts the tooth, the better chance there is at saving it.
If you still have the tooth, act immediately to save it. Hold it by the crown and rinse away dirt from the root. Then place it in a small cup of milk or your own salvia to encourage cell growth and minimise the risk of the tooth drying out. This lessens your chance of needing a dental crown.
Lost crown or filling
Damaged and broken teeth are much weaker than healthy teeth and will worsen the longer you wait to seek treatment. If your crown or filling has fallen out, it’s important to contact us within a day, even if you don’t feel immediate pain.
If your dental crown has fallen out, but you still have it, gently rinse, keep it in a zip lock bag, and bring it to your emergency appointment to re-insert it. Alternatively, we can provide new dental crowns and fillings.
Wisdom teeth aren’t always problematic and not everyone will need them removed, however when they are, it can cause serious pain and discomfort.
Issues with wisdom teeth often occur in patients that are aged 16 and under, especially if their teeth are crowded, misaligned or infected.
Contact us for an emergency wisdom teeth removal if you notice or experience the following:
- Red or swollen gums
- Jaw pain
- Severe toothache
If left untreated, wisdom teeth can cause serious complications to your jawbone and surrounding teeth.