Accidents happen! The most important factor in a dental trauma and ensuring the best outcome is immediate assessment and treatment. Or is your dental emergency a toothache that is getting gradually worse?.
A dental emergency is a problem that needs to be treated immediately by a dentist, otherwise it might worsen or lead to further damage or tooth loss. We classify the following dental problems as dental emergencies:
Even little patients like to feel like they are in control. Its important that mum and dad understand all the options, associated costs and what the likely treatment outcomes are.
It might be from decay or an abscess but you have a toothache that just isn’t going away. We recommend an immediate assessment to find out the cause before it becomes more painful or a more costly problem to fix. Find out more about what to do if you’re in pain and need to be seen promptly…
Dental injuries to the mouth include teeth that are:
Knocked out tooth
If the tooth is completely knocked out, first wash the tooth in milk. Place in a container with milk or, if possible, straight back into the hole in your gum that it came out. You need to get to your dentist within 40 minutes to save this tooth.
Please note: Baby teeth SHOULD NOT be reimplanted due to the risk of damaging the developing adult tooth.
Tooth moved out of position or loosened
If the tooth has moved out of position, first gently try to move it back into the correct position before getting to your dentist ASAP.
If it is a loosened tooth, make sure that the tooth is in the right position, otherwise a bite on it can cause further damage.
There are a few steps we follow initially when treating kids.
Fractured, broken or chipped tooth
If the tooth is broken, dentine may be exposed making the tooth porous. This puts the tooth at risk of infection, so getting to
your dentist to have the damage assessed and treated is key.
If the tooth has a sharp chipped edge, our dentists can smooth this to protect your mouth and tongue.
Long term dangers following trauma
The extent of damage to the tooth is often not easily visible so professional assessment, including X-Rays, is important to treat any problems early and reduce the risk of tooth loss.
We recommend you monitor, in partnership with your dentist, any affected teeth closely for at least three to six months for internal or root resorption – this is where the blood supply is restricted to the tooth.
What is your situation? Wondering how much your dental emergency will cost? Unsure whether you need to see the dentist right away?
Each dental situation needs to be individually assessed. Which is why we recommend talking to us about your situation.
Our friendly team are here to help and are more than happy to give advice over the phone on (07) 3263 2677 or book your consultation online with one of our team to assess your situation. We give you open, frank and plain speaking advice in a guilt-free and judgement-free environment.
Your first visit at Today’s Dentistry is all about creating a Dental Roadmap so you know exactly what condition your teeth and gums are in, and what your options are for treatment.
Your first appointment includes: