A dental emergency is a situation in which a person is suffering from a dental condition, and treatment for this condition needs to be received in a time-critical manner to ensure the best possible outcome.
For many dental appointments, such as your regular dental check-up, it is not necessarily a big deal whether you receive your check-up and clean this week, or the following week, or even the week after.
In the case of a dental emergency, treatment needs to happen as soon as possible to minimise pain, damage, or ill-health resulting from the dental emergency.
This above definition is helpful, but it is even more helpful to consider the detailed situations you may face that could require emergency dental treatment at your dentist Ashfield, dentist Five Dock, dentist Haberfield, dentist Leichhardt, dentist Summer Hill or other dentist near me. These situations include:
- Severe toothache. When our teeth are causing us a lot of pain, it can be hard to function normally and to feel any sense of wellbeing. Severe toothache can interfere with our work life as well as our home life and make it challenging to carry out everyday tasks. Additionally, it may also indicate that you have an underlying issue that is causing the pain (such as an abscess) that needs to be treated to ensure your natural tooth can survive and thrive.
- Knocked out teeth. This is the case for adult teeth that should remain in place, and baby teeth that had not first become wobbly or were dislodged during an incident. Teeth may be knocked loose during sports, while gardening or in the outdoors, or even in the act of eating firm foods such as popcorn. If the tooth is knocked out in this way, treatment is time-critical, firstly because you may be in a lot of pain and bleeding, but also because fast treatment at your dentist Summer Hill can increase the chances of the natural tooth being able to be restored to its intended position rather than a dental implant be required.
- Broken tooth. If your tooth has become cracked or broken, prompt treatment at your dentist Haberfield or dentist Ashfield can help to reduce the pain you are in, and also to stop the damage from becoming more widespread. A crack or other break may present a vulnerable spot that can make it hard for you to eat, and that could easily become worse if provoked. As such, this constitutes a dental emergency that needs treatment at your dental clinic.
- Lost fillings or crowns. Fillings or crowns have been used for a purpose when they were originally put in place by your dentist Five Dock, and it is important that they are present to continue delivering on this purpose. For example, a missing filling could expose an old cavity, and therefore the inner part of the tooth. This may then be subject to build-up of bacteria, food debris or plaque that could worsen this area and make you a candidate for a dental abscess, for example.
- Tooth abscess. You may be able to detect that you could have a tooth abscess if you are suffering from symptoms such as severe toothache, pus, facial or gum swelling, fever, swollen glands, or neck, and so forth. A tooth abscess is a dental emergency that arises out of the slower, more insidious process of tooth decay. The term abscess refers to a collection of pus associated with bacterial infection that is causing pain. Emergency treatment may include antibiotics, root canal treatment and in extreme circumstances, tooth extraction.
How can I prevent dental emergencies from happening?
Sometimes, dental emergencies are unavoidable, even if you follow a diligent and careful dental routine at home. However, there are certainly things you can do to limit your risk from suffering from a dental emergency.
It begins with proper oral hygiene routine at home, including the proper technique and materials used for brushing, flossing, and rinsing. This also extends to your habits, such as sugar consumption. You can also cut out habits like opening bags with your teeth or chewing on ice, to reduce the risk of teeth cracking. Another destructive habit is teeth grinding, so for this you may need your Haberfield dentist to make up a night guard and look for ways to reduce stress and other causes of tooth grinding.
If you play sports, you can consult your dentist Five Dock for a professionally designed mouth guard that will protect your teeth during a contact incident – not to mention your gums, lips, and tongue.
By undertaking a regular dental check up every six months with your dentist Haberfield, dentist Leichhardt and dentist Ashfield, you can also ensure that any developing tooth decay is treated promptly, and that your teeth are cleaned in a way that reduces the risk of tooth decay in the first place. Many dental emergencies, such as a tooth abscess and lost crowns or fillings, have tooth decay as a cause.
Another important piece of advice is to monitor how you are feeling, and to not hesitate in contacting your Summer Hill dentist if you are experiencing pain or other concerning symptoms, such as gum disease. If you receive treatment early, your dental situation is less likely to escalate into a dental emergency.
What to do if I am suffering from a dental emergency?
In a dental emergency, you will need to quickly find a local dentist that offers dental emergency appointments and makes room in their schedule to fit you in on short notice. In the stress of the moment, it can be challenging to find a dentist quickly, so in good times, it pays to create a plan of action for a dental emergency.
If you live in Haberfield, Ashfield, Five Dock, Leichhardt, Summer Hill, or Sydney’s inner west, you can contact Haberfield Dental Practice for your emergency dentist needs. If you are suffering from a dental emergency, you can contact us on (02) 9797 8080 or alternatively firstname.lastname@example.org.