What constitutes a dental emergency?
Have you experienced a crack or chip or simply a severe toothache but aren’t sure whether it is a dental emergency, or when to call the dentist?
While every patient is different and there is never a one-size-fits-all policy with dentistry there are still some key indicators that you have a dental emergency and should call your dentist right away.
Emergency dental guide
- A knocked-out tooth
A knocked-out tooth can be a stressful experience for patients and definitely constitutes a dental emergency. You will need to call Lutwyche Dental immediately after the accident occurs. Sometimes, when emergency dentistry is sought immediately after the incident, the tooth can be reimplanted, saving the natural tooth. To give you the best chance for a successful result follow these three steps.
- Pick the tooth up by the crown (avoiding the roots as this can damage the tooth beyond repair)
- Place the tooth into a glass of milk for transporting to the practice
- Call Lutwyche Dental to organise an emergency appointment
- A filling or crown falling out
If you feel a restoration fall out while eating or as a result of a knock or accident it is important to make an appointment right away. This will allow us to replace the restoration and avoid any food and bacteria entering the site and causing further damage. If possible, we recommend bringing the restoration to your appointment and if you have lost a crown using a small amount of toothpaste to hold it in place. You can also use a piece of sugar-free gum to fill in the hole left by your missing filling.
- A chipped, cracked, or broken tooth
Weakened teeth can be chipped, cracked, or broken biting down on hard foods or from knocks to the face during sporting accidents or falls. If the damaged teeth are left untreated, they can become more susceptible to decay and further damage so we recommend making an appointment as soon as possible. If you are able to find broken fragments, bring these along to your appointment as we may be able to use them to restore the tooth
- Severe toothache
A toothache can be caused by a number of reasons. If the pain is severe or has been lingering for a few days it’s a good idea to call the team at Lutwyche Dental and talk through your symptoms. While you may not have to come in immediately, we will probably ask you to come in for an assessment at your earliest convenience. Tooth pain could be caused by decay, an infected tooth nerve or even impacted wisdom teeth. In the meantime over the counter pain medication may help ease your pain.
Emergency dentist Brisbane
Lutwyche Dental is equipped to provide dental appointments in an emergency at short notice. Simply give us a call and explain your situation and we will be able to make room for you – we understand dental emergencies can’t wait! If you would like to find out more ab