Our dentists strive to empower our patients by walking them through their treatment options and the associated costs in order to alleviate some anxiety or stress about the cost of emergency dental care.
Dental emergencies require urgent attention from a dental or medical professional, even if they happen at inconvenient times.
Examples of dental situations that may require emergency hospital care:
If ever in doubt, your first step is to call 000 or visit the hospital straight away. It’s best to err on the side of caution and play it safe, rather than take any risks.
You’re more likely to make a full recovery, if you get emergency dental care. Dentists can minimise the damage (and associated expenses) by treating the problem sooner rather than later. If you delay making an urgent appointment, your situation may deteriorate and require expensive surgery.
If you’re unsure about whether or not you need an emergency appointment, call your dentist and explain what you’re experiencing They will let you know if you should come in right away, or what you can do while you wait for your next appointment.
It’s usually best to see an emergency dentist within the hour, however this isn’t always possible or necessary. In such cases, there are certain steps you can take to minimise damage.
Gently clean the tooth to remove plaque and food residue, before rinsing with lukewarm water. A cold compress pressed against the outside of your mouth will help to lower irritation in the area.
If you’re still in a lot of pain, take an over-the-counter medication like Panadol or Nurofen – but keep the tablets from touching the inflamed spots. Be sure to read the warning and instructions. Don’t exceed the recommended dosages as this can jeopardise your health.
A dentist can reattach an adult tooth that’s knocked out, if you get to them in time (ideally within an hour)
Try to remove it yourself, but please be gentle. You can use floss or tweezers if you need to. After removal, place some pressure onto that area for a while. Make sure to visit your dentist as soon as possible.
Rinse your mouth with warm water, then put a cold compress over the affected area. Avoid any contact with the cracked tooth and make sure to chew your food on the other side of your mouth. Book an emergency appointment with your dentist.
Rinse your mouth with warm water, then apply gentle pressure to the affected area to decrease bleeding until you visit the dentist.
Is there painful swelling on your gum, or any areas that look like a pimple? Book an urgent appointment with your dentist, because the infection can be life-threatening if it spreads to other parts of your body. While waiting for your appointment, you can apply gentle pressure to the infected area to draw the pus to the surface and relieve pain. Rinse your mouth with a warm saline solution.
Don’t cut the wire, as this can be dangerous if any parts are accidentally swallowed. Try using an eraser to carefully push the wire into a position that no longer irritates your gums or skin. You can temporarily cover the sharp point with cotton or orthodontic wax, while waiting to see your dentist.
Are you unsure whether you’re experiencing a dental emergency? Call us on (02) 9489 2928 to book an appointment or to get advice on what to do next.