What is A Dental Emergency?
Accidents are inevitable, by getting the correct help quickly and acting responsibly and preventing any possible long-term trauma from developing. Dental emergencies are considered as facial or oral problems that might need immediate specialist medical attention. If you happen to be in large amounts of pain, as a result of prolonged untreated decay or from a recent injury or trauma. It is crucial you seek immediate medical attention from your dental practitioner.
Pain is a symptom and until we identify the cause and it has been addressed by a dentist, issues may arise left untreated. Some of these unidentified problems can quickly lead to additional oral problems or complications resulting in more expensive treatments or even the loss of the tooth or teeth. We recommend that you practice and maintain good oral hygiene, more information here at Mouth Healthy a subsidiary of the American Dental Association.
What Is Considered a Dental Emergency?
- Gum swelling or irritation from infection,
- Broken wires from braces, these can lead to irritation of the teeth and gums.
- Bleeding from broken or damaged tooth or teeth.
- Facial bone fractures,
- A dislodged tooth or teeth.
- Unusual sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures.
Any type of an unusual toothache may be seen as needing emergency care this may include; a dislodged crown or injuries to the cheek, tongue or lips if so seek immediate medical advice for any and all pain or injury.
It is very important to understand that your oral health is impactful to your overall health and wellness.
- Xrays/ Dental Examinations
- Common & Surgical Extractions
- Wisdom Tooth Extractions
- Broken Teeth
- Abscesses or Swollen Jaw
Dental Exams & X-rays.
Toothaches, or any oral pain including pain in and around the gums, or the jaw can manifest because of a number of oral problems such as a dental cavity in the tooth, a cracked or chipped tooth, an exposed tooth root, gum disease, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, or a dental abscess or infection. To identify the cause of your toothache the only way is to have a dental exam provided by our in-house dental experts and to give our patients an x-ray.
Common & Surgical Extractions
For dentists, removing a patient’s tooth is always a last resort but, if a tooth is seriously damaged to trauma or decay we’ll take care of it for you, administering a local anaesthetic to make sure you’re comfortable and feel no pain throughout the extraction. Surgical extractions are sometimes necessary for teeth not easily reached, this is easily accessed by the dentist. Like common extractions, you’ll be given a local anaesthetic.
Wisdom Tooth Extractions
Most but not all people have wisdom teeth, They aren’t easy to keep clean and most people don’t have room in their mouths for their wisdom teeth to come through the gums. Sometimes, wisdom teeth can partially break through, leaving a small space for decay to set in. Tooth decay may infect the tooth and surrounding areas and may cause oral pain. If you are in pain from a decaying wisdom tooth, this will qualify for Emergency Dental Care and may lead to the tooths removal.
Teeth are amazing strong but a bad fall or it can cause a major or minor damage like a crack or break. An exposed nerve via a broken tooth will be extremely sensitive and sore, reacting to hot or cold food and drinks, limiting what the patient to what they may consume and causing significant pain. Our dentists will repair the chips in the tooth with tooth colour matched material or place a crown on the tooth.
Abscesses and Swollen Jaw
Dental abscesses or swelling of the jaw, tooth or gums. Swelling can be a symptom of underlying oral issues; such as cavities, infection of root canals, diseased gum tissue or a broken jaw created due to sudden trauma. Our dentists will perform a thorough examination of the gums, teeth and jaw to identify, diagnose and treat the cause of your pain.