Have you been hearing a lot about emergency dental services? What exactly is a dental emergency? According to Wikipedia, it is “an issue involving teeth and supporting tissues that are of high importance to be treated by the relevant professional”. Our experience says that you will need to be aware of these issues beforehand to be able to address them properly and reach us in time.
With the sole aim of serving patients in need, our unrelenting dentists at Healthy Smiles Dental Group provide prompt emergency dental services. We reserve time for emergencies in our work schedule and an emergency during our work hours is taken utmost care and is fixed between other appointments. Never say no to an emergency, we also provide after-hours emergency dental services.
What are the Dental Emergencies That We Serve?
Following is a list of all the situations which are considered as dental emergencies. Our recommendations of the immediate actions required are to be taken for each situation.
Accidents or excessive teeth grinding can lead to broken teeth. Sharp edges of broken teeth can gash the tongue as well. Visit us as soon as possible to avoid further damage and mend the broken teeth. We advise taking two Panadols or other over-the-counter pain-relieving medication meanwhile.
Dental fillings, especially the silver amalgam, can crack while chewing hard foods. It is a common scenario and you do not need to worry unless it is extremely painful. You may take pain-relievers to subside the pain. Avoid consuming hot or cold food and drinks and call us immediately.
Infection, Swelling and Pain
Periodontal diseases or tooth caries can create abscesses over a long period of time. They are tiny pockets filled with pus from bacteria and can cause pain. If left untreated, the bacterial infection can spread to other parts and may prove fatal in extreme cases. You may need antibacterial medication and other care depending upon the level of spread of the infection. Call us right away and we can take care of the rest.
Tooth Fallen Out (Avulsion)
The fallen tooth is quite an ordinary spectacle in contact sports, racing or can even happen when a person falls accidentally. The best way to deal with this situation is to get ahold of the fallen tooth if you can. Avoid touching it with dirty hands and preserve it with milk or saliva. If a child below six years of age has lost the tooth, chances are that it can be planted back easily but you need to make it to a dentist as soon as you possibly can.
Alike fallen tooth, blunt injury on children’s front teeth or lips is also a normal scenario, especially when enjoyable games being played by siblings turn into brawls, causing some teeth and lips to get hurt. You may want to stop the bleeding by using ice packs and visit us soon. If there is no bleeding, check the teeth for any loose or moving ones. Visit us if there is any pain.
Chipped Front Tooth/Filling
It can be embarrassing to have chipped front teeth. High chewing pressure can also cause the filling to chip off. It may or may not be painful depending upon the position of the breaking. A chipped tooth or filling needs to be amended to restore your beautiful smile and confidence.
Bleeding Gums and Pus
Bleeding gums and pus are an emergency if they arise from longstanding periodontal diseases. Bad breath arising from discoloured or necrosing gums is also a bad sign. You can apply SM 33 ulcer gel on the affected area as an antiseptic and visit us for further treatment.
Wisdom Teeth Pain
This is the most common type of dental pain faced by young adults aged 18-25. It is severe when the wisdom tooth is coming through irregularly. Pain can be reduced by taking Panadol. If it persists for longer than usual and is unbearable, you may want to visit us for a dental check-up. Our 3D CBCT scanning unit can help determine the exact position of the wisdom tooth and whether it needs any surgical help.
Also, Read on: How to Prevent Dental Emergencies?
Keep these conditions and measures in mind and visit us any time you feel your dental situation is out of your control. Reach us at 03 9877 2035 during working hours and 03 9380 2903 after hours. We will be more than happy to help you out.