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A dental emergency can happen when you last expect it, so it’s good to be prepared. Knowing what to do if your tooth gets chipped, cracked or knocked out, your mouth is swollen or bleeding or you have other urgent symptoms means you can improve your chances of a quick recovery and avoid making the problem worse.
If you need to speak to a dentist urgently, call Sydney Park Dental on (02) 8084 7170. We’re open every day of the week, with late night opening on Thursday, and we always try to make time for emergency appointments during business hours.
Our experienced dentists can offer advice over the phone to help you manage your symptoms and prevent further injury and infection. If you need urgent treatment, we can book a same-day appointment at our Erskineville dental clinic.
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What is a dental emergency?
A dental emergency can involve any injury, sudden pain or other unusual symptoms related to your teeth or any part of your mouth. Damaged or dislodged dental restorations such as fillings or crowns can also count as dental emergencies.
These problems may affect your ability to eat or speak normally or put you at risk of further injury or infection if you don’t receive treatment promptly.
Do I need to see a dentist?
Not all dental problems are emergencies, but if you’re worried about your symptoms, or you think there’s a risk of the problem getting worse if you delay getting treatment, it’s recommended that you contact a dentist right away.
We can advise you whether an emergency appointment is needed or if you can manage your symptoms at home. If your tooth is knocked out or severely damaged, seeing our dentists as soon as possible could make all the difference to saving the tooth.
What should I do in a dental emergency?
Keeping calm and knowing what to do if an accident happens can greatly improve your chances of making a full recovery and avoid making the problem worse. Find out how to react in common emergency situations below.
I’ve got a toothache
A toothache can be a symptom of many oral health problems, or it could go away on its own. You should book an appointment with your dentist to get a diagnosis and find out whether treatment is needed.
To manage toothache pain at home, you can rinse your mouth with warm water, apply a cold compress to your cheek or take pain relief medication.
My tooth is chipped or cracked
A damaged tooth is always a cause for concern and needs urgent treatment from your dentist. Even a minor crack could be more serious than it looks and put your tooth at risk of infection.
If your mouth is bleeding or there’s debris from the damaged tooth, clean the area with warm water. You can try to relieve pain or reduce swelling with a cold compress on your way to the dental clinic.
Our dentists may discuss options such as a filling, crown, veneers or root canal therapy for a chipped or cracked tooth.
My tooth has been knocked out
You should see your dentist as soon as possible if any of your teeth get knocked out.
There’s a small chance the tooth can be reinserted if you can get to the dentist within 30 minutes and the tooth is intact. You should avoid touching the roots and put the tooth back into the socket or in a container of milk to improve the chances of successful reinsertion. You should not try to reinsert a baby tooth, as this could damage the permanent tooth developing below.
Even if it’s not possible to save your tooth, you should still have your mouth examined to check for any other damage or signs of infection. Our dentists will discuss tooth replacement options such as a dental bridge or dentures to restore the appearance and function of your smile.
My dental restoration is lost, loose or damaged
If something happens to a crown, bridge, denture, filling, veneer or other dental restoration in your mouth, you should contact your dentist to discuss your symptoms and treatment options.
It may be a dental emergency if the damaged restoration is causing any pain or sensitivity, at risk of cutting your mouth, or is impacting on your ability to eat normally. Depending on the type of restoration and the severity of the damage, we’ll advise you whether it can be repaired or needs to be replaced.
My lip, cheek or tongue is bleeding
If you’ve bitten your lip, cheek or tongue, this will usually heal by itself before long and doesn’t need the attention of a dentist. However, if the symptoms persist, you should visit your local emergency room.
You can try to stop the bleeding by putting pressure on the wound and applying a bandage or dressing. Rinsing your mouth with warm salt water could assist with healing and prevent infection.
My face is swollen
There can be many different causes for facial swelling, so you should make an appointment with your dentist or doctor to get a proper diagnosis. If the swelling is accompanied by pain in your mouth, this could indicate a dental abscess, which is a serious problem that needs urgent attention.
While waiting for your dental appointment, you could rinse your mouth with warm salt water or apply a cold compress to your cheek to help relieve pain. If we find a dental abscess, we may refer you to an oral surgeon for treatment.
My jaw is locking or painful
If your jaw feels stiff, painful or makes sounds when you open and close your mouth, chew or yawn, this could indicate a problem with your temporomandibular joints (TMJ) or another jaw problem. You should make an appointment with your dentist to discuss TMJ treatments or other options.
To ease the discomfort in the meantime, you can try applying a cold compress to your face or taking anti-inflammatory medication.
Have you had a dental emergency?
If you need urgent advice or assistance, call our dentists in Erskineville now on (02) 8084 7170.
We’ll ask you to describe what happened and how you’re feeling so we can offer the best advice to help you on the road to recovery.
If you need to book an emergency appointment at our clinic, we may be able to accommodate you on the same day during business hours.