Emergency Dentists in Mosman
Dental-related accidents can be scary, uncomfortable and definitely inconvenient! If you’re experiencing a dental emergency and need treatment, please contact Mosman 3D Dental right away on (02) 9969 8610. Oral health problems almost never improve over time – they tend to simply get worse, and many accidents are easier to treat if you see a professional early on. Even seemingly unfixable dental issues can often be solved if they are treated soon enough.
Our professional team will prioritise your appointment and make time for urgently-needed treatments. We will help you feel at ease and understand exactly what’s happening and what can be done. We do everything possible to alleviate our patients’ pain and solve unexpected problems.
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If your accident has affected more than just your teeth, you may need to seek medical help from a doctor. In most cases involving head or neck trauma, you should visit an emergency room. If you have symptoms like bleeding from the ears or nose, dizziness, memory lapse, or severe aching in your head, jaw, or ears, head to a hospital or doctor at once.
Because many dental accidents are more easily fixed with early treatment, it’s important to contact us for an emergency appointment. Below are some common dental emergencies and the recommended first aid you can conduct on your own.
I’ve knocked out a tooth – what should I do?
If your tooth has been knocked out of its socket (also called “avulsed”), then time is a critical factor. Stay calm, but try to follow these steps as quickly as you can while still being safe.
First, make an emergency appointment with a professional immediately. It’s also vital for the knocked-out tooth to be placed back into its socket as soon as possible. You should handle the tooth extremely gently and avoid touching the root – hold it by the crown (the upper area). If the tooth has landed outside your mouth and now has dirt or debris on it, gently and briefly rinse it with milk or, if necessary, cold clean water (do not brush it or wipe it with any sort of fabric). Then carefully reimplant the tooth by placing it back in its socket.
If putting the tooth back in its socket isn’t possible, you have two main options:
- Place the tooth in a container of milk or the patient’s own saliva – do not store it in regular tap water or on a dry cloth, napkin or paper towel.
- If the person or child who has lost the tooth is calm, she or he can place the tooth between their gums and the inside of the cheek.
Once you reach our office, we will reimplant the tooth if you have not been able to do so already. Generally we will use a splint to stabilise the tooth for one to several weeks. We’ll evaluate the tooth and surrounding areas, as well as the rest of the jaw and face, for other injuries or problems. Many patients, especially adults, often need a root canal to help treat the avulsion. We will discuss your treatment plan in-depth with you.
I’ve chipped or fractured a tooth – what should I do?
This will depend on the extent of the damage. Serious fractures are those that involve fracturing the dentin and pulp tissue, or even as far as the tooth root. If you have fractured the tooth root, your tooth may be very loose, painful and/or bleeding. If this has happened, you should consult our emergency dentists immediately.
If you have only chipped the outer layer (enamel), you may still want to consult with us for x-rays and to ensure that there hasn’t been further damage. In the case of serious fractures, we may need to stabilise the tooth if it is loose by bonding it to neighbouring teeth. A root canal may also be necessary to save the tooth if there is a risk of pulp death.
Damaged teeth can result in further problems like infection or more breakage, so it’s important to see a professional to assess the problem. In the meantime, you can use the following steps to alleviate any pain or discomfort:
- Take an over-the-counter pain reliever, but be sure to follow the maximum recommended dosage and any instructions from your doctor.
- Using a combination of luke-warm water and salt, gently swish your mouth.
- If the tooth has been left with a jagged edge, shield it with a piece of sugarless chewing gum or wax paraffin to prevent cuts inside your mouth.
- Avoid eating if possible; if this is not possible, stick to soft foods and avoid using that part of your mouth to chew.
I’ve had a severe toothache for days – what can I do?
Seek professional treatment at once if your toothache has persisted for more than one or two days, is extremely painful or involves a fever, unpleasant taste or pain when you open your mouth. There are many possible causes of a toothache, but it will be important for a dentist to thoroughly assess what may be causing the problem in order to prevent more serious damage.
Treatment for a toothache depends on the cause; a large portion of dental pain is brought on by tooth decay, fractures, damaged fillings, gum infections, repetitive motion like chewing or grinding, or abscesses. Our dentists will diagnose the source of your pain and afterward help you understand your treatment plan.
While you are waiting for professional treatment, you can rinse your mouth with warm salt water and take an over-the-counter pain medicine like ibuprofen or paracetamol to relieve any discomfort. Carefully use floss to try and dislodge any debris or food particles that may be irritating the area. Also avoid chewing on the affected side of your mouth. Do not directly apply aspirin to the surface of the area that is experiencing pain, as this can cause damage to the gums.
I’m experiencing swelling around my teeth or gums – what should I do?
Swelling is often a sign of infection. Especially if it’s accompanied by pain or fever, a professional should examine your gums and teeth in order to diagnose possible infection or other oral issues.
Take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory painkiller like ibuprofen to bring down the swelling and alleviate any associated pain. You may also find it helpful to apply a cold compress.
There is food or debris stuck between my teeth and I can’t remove it – what do I do?
Getting food trapped between your teeth is irritating, but it may become an emergency depending on the level of pain, the nature of the object that is stuck and how much damage has been caused.
You can try to remove the object yourself, but make sure to do so with caution and never use any sharp or pointed instruments. Using objects like toothpicks, safety pins or tweezers can damage your gums or cheeks. Start by rinsing your mouth with warm water to try and loosen the debris. Then, brush the area gently, making sure to brush away from your gums. Also use floss to try and carefully remove the object by working the floss back and forth.
If you cannot remove the object yourself and it’s causing pain, then Mosman 3D Dental can help you dislodge it. Don’t wait for the pain to get worse – simply call our friendly team to make an emergency appointment today.
My crown or filling has come loose – what should I do?
Sometimes fillings and crowns will break or fall out. You should have a dentist repair any damaged or lost crowns or fillings and, because this can sometimes be caused by underlying tooth decay, we may need to treat associated problems. If you have the crown or filling, be sure to put it in a safe place and bring it with you to your appointment.
A missing crown or filling can often result in painful sensitivity to pressure, air or temperature. Moreover, teeth can be weakened without a crown to support it, so it’s important to talk to us right away if this happens.
I think I may have an abscessed tooth – what now?
A dental abscess often involves significant pain, usually sharp or throbbing. Other symptoms include swelling of the gums or face, tenderness in the affected tooth, fever, muscle spasms in the jaw, red or inflamed skin, and/or a general feeling of being unwell.
An abscess occurs when bacterial infection causes pus to collect in a tooth. Tooth decay and gum disease are usually prime culprits in causing dental abscesses. However, there are many other causes, such as injury or trauma to the tooth.
If you think you have a dental abscess, you should schedule an emergency appointment right away. Without treatment, an abscess can be very painful and lead to other infections. There are other complications that, while rare, can be extremely serious. However, the tooth can often be saved when it is treated relatively early.
If you require emergency dental care call us on 02 99698610.
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