Nelson Bay emergency dental clinic at your service
Dental emergencies are commonly related to a chipped, cracked or broken tooth which can potentially fall out. Between eating a piece of surprisingly robust food or experiencing a rough impact while playing sport, there are numerous ways that these incidents can occur and no way of knowing when or where it’ll happen. That’s why we provide emergency appointments every day; irrespective of how busy we are. We will always have a skilled clinician on hand to help you.
Questions and Answers
What is a dental emergency?
There are many ways to tell if you have a dental emergency, do you have one or more of the following:
- Severe pain in your teeth or gums
- Tooth infections or abscesses
- Fractured or chipped teeth
- Lost crowns or fillings
- Knocked-out teeth
What should I expect during an emergency dental appointment?
The treatment depends on how badly damaged your tooth is and the specific type of injury.
If you’ve unfortunately knocked out a tooth, it must be re-implanted as soon as possible (within two hours) otherwise it can die. Hold onto that tooth and call Platinum Dental Immediately. The sooner you see Dr. Lane or Dr. Parsons, the higher the chance they can successfully re-implant the tooth.
You should rinse the tooth with water or milk and place it back in its socket. If the tooth will not remain in the socket, keep it moist inside your mouth or by storing it in a container of milk until you get to Platinum Dental.
Cracked teeth can be painful, rinse your mouth with warm water, keeping the affected area clean and call Platinum Dental to schedule an emergency dental appointment.
A sharp toothache usually signals a dental emergency. Take some pain relief if necessary, rinse your mouth with warm salty water to clean the area, and call Platinum Dental to get you out of pain.
Bleeding, painful or swollen gums should be treated as a dental emergency. Treating gum disease as quickly as possible can help save your teeth and prevents future health issues. Call Platinum Dental to determine if you need antibiotics and deep cleaning to fight the bacteria that cause gum disease.
An abscess can be a painful experience and cause not only an immediate problem for your teeth but also a future risk to your overall health if not treated quickly. The signs of an abscess could be swelling of the gums or a foul-tasting discharge in your mouth. Call Platinum Dental as soon as you suspect that you may have an abscess. Our dentists can create a treatment plan to help you solve the underlying problem that initially caused the abscess.
Is it possible to prevent a dental emergency?
Dental emergencies can happen to everyone, and at any time, while you can’t guarantee to prevent an emergency you can always lower your risk:
- Avoid using your teeth to open packages
- Wear a mouth guard when participating in contact sports, such as football
- Avoid chewing hard lollies, ice, and popcorn
You can’t always avoid a dental emergency, which is why the experienced team of dentists at Platinum Dental will be there to help you through it. Be sure to call and schedule an appointment right away to increase the chance of saving your injured tooth.
Unsure if you’re experiencing a dental emergency? We still encourage you to call Platinum Dental. We’ll be able to diagnose your particular dental issue and determine if it needs to be addressed immediately or if it’s safe to wait for a newly scheduled appointment.