Our Emergency Dentists Are Here for You When You Need Us Most
Dental emergencies are never convenient. You may be at work or out with friends when you experience a dental emergency. It can cause a great deal of stress and be very disruptive to your day-to-day life. Delays in treatment could lead to unnecessary complications and additional financial burdens.
Our emergency dentists are here to help you in your time of need. An emergency dentist tends to the immediate needs of patients suffering from urgent dental issues. They are trained in diagnosing and responding to dental emergencies.
Our emergency dentists are trained and have experience in trauma management. They can ensure that you receive the right emergency care at the right time. If you are in pain, we will do everything we can to make you comfortable. If you have a dental emergency, please contact Joondanna Family Dental and we will do our best to attend to you as soon as possible.
Most Common Dental Emergencies
Toothaches can be excruciating, and we offer prompt treatment to relieve the pain. At Joondanna Family Dental, we take your dental health seriously and want to help you feel better as soon as possible.
Let us help you today if you're in pain due to a chipped tooth! Our skilled dentists can take care of it immediately so that its sharp edges will not cause harm to your gums and other teeth.
When left untreated, an abscess in the mouth can cause injuries to adjacent teeth and tissues and other potential health complications. Our skilled dentist at Joondanna Family Dental offers prompt, professional treatment for dental abscesses.
The loss of a filling or crown can expose your damaged tooth's nerves and cause tooth sensitivity. Our dental team at Joondanna Family Dental can help you avoid infecting the nerve inside your tooth.
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Dental emergencies can be stressful, so our dental staff strives to make the process a pain-free dentist visit. Our dental practice offers a range of sedation options to help you relax during your dental procedure. Whether you’re feeling anxious or you’re in pain, we have nitrous oxide (happy gas) in the form of inhalation sedation, oral sedation, and IV sedation.
FAQs about Emergency Dentistry
There are several benefits to having an emergency dentist:
- Immediate pain relief: An emergency dentist can provide immediate pain relief. Even though over-the-counter painkillers might help a little, a dentist can find out what’s causing your pain and provide treatment.
- Immediate dental care: Having an emergency dentist you can rely on is essential because dental problems do not wait for a convenient time to strike. If you are experiencing a dental emergency that requires immediate attention, an emergency dentist can provide immediate assistance. Getting professional help as soon as possible improves your chances of successful treatment and recovery.
- Tooth loss prevention: Immediate dental treatment can make a big difference between saving a tooth and losing it. An emergency dentist can help save a damaged tooth.
- Infection prevention: If untreated, some dental conditions can cause serious complications. By seeking emergency treatment, you can prevent infection from developing or spreading.
An emergency dentist should be consulted as soon as possible in a dental emergency. While you are waiting for your dental appointment, here are some simple home treatments to manage dental emergencies:
- Toothache: Gargle with a warm saltwater rinse and take an over-the-counter pain reliever to relieve the tooth pain. Apply a cold compress to the affected area to reduce swelling.
- Chipped tooth: Try to save as many fragments as possible. Place the tooth fragments in a container of milk with an airtight lid. Rinse your mouth with warm water. In case of bleeding, hold a gauze pad against the wound for around 10 minutes or until the bleeding stops. You can reduce swelling and ease pain by applying a cold compress. Schedule an emergency appointment with your dentist right away. Take the tooth fragment to your dentist within one to two hours. In some instances, dentists may be able to reattach the chipped piece. Otherwise, you may need a minor restoration.
- Abscess: Seek treatment for an abscess as soon as possible if you notice any symptoms. Abscesses can adversely affect your overall health. You can use a saltwater solution to relieve pain and help flush the pus. Do not attempt to pop the abscess on your own, as this may lead to complications.
- Lost Fillings or Crowns: Rinse the affected area with warm salt water and remove all food particles. Then, make an appointment with your dentist right away. A lost filling or crown should be replaced as soon as possible. It is not recommended to throw away the filling or crown until the dentist determines whether it can be reused.
A toothache that disappears usually indicates that the nerve inside the tooth is dead. Momentary tooth pain relief does not mean the problem is solved. The surrounding tissue may still be infected. Bacteria will continue to grow over time. In case your toothache goes away on its own, you should still see your dentist to find out the root cause of your toothache and obtain the necessary treatment.
By taking proper care of your filling or crown, you can reduce the chances that it will come loose.
- Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice a day, and floss at least once a day.
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and replace it every three months.
- Whenever possible, steer clear of sticky or chewy foods.
- Avoid biting or chewing on hard foods like ice.
- Don’t use your teeth to open bottles and packages.
- If you have bruxism, we recommend wearing a bruxism mouth guard (occlusal splint) to protect your fillings, crowns, and teeth.
- It is also recommended that you regularly visit your dentist, preferably every six months, to detect any potential problems before your fillings or crowns become loose and cause further issues. By finding a worn or loose filling or crown early, your dentist can prevent it from falling out.
A dental abscess is a serious infection that can be extremely painful and even life-threatening. The most common causes are tooth decay and a broken or chipped tooth. A tooth becomes infected after pus collects inside, resulting in swelling and pain. Infections should be cleaned and drained, even if they have already ruptured. A bacterial infection can spread to your jaw and other parts of your head and neck if not managed.
As soon as you notice any symptoms of an abscess, schedule an emergency appointment with your dentist. Abscesses do not heal on their own. Go to the emergency room immediately if you have an abscess accompanied by a high fever and facial swelling, as this could lead to sepsis, which can be life-threatening.