We all dread the idea of getting intense toothache on a Friday night because usually, your next chance to see a dentist would be Monday morning.
That’s not the case with Suncoastdental as we offer an emergency dentist service for after hours incidents.
When Emergency strikes
In some severe cases it is important to remember that getting to a dentist in under half an hour can mean you keeping or losing a tooth.
Here are some examples that need urgent treatment:
Having a tooth knocked out
If you have had a tooth knocked out you need to see an emergency dentist immediately.
In the meantime, here are a some things you can do that to help with a successful preservation of your tooth by your dentist.
Pick up the tooth by the crown to prevent any unnecessary contamination that could lead to infection.
Gently rinse the tooth under a slow stream of water. Do not remove any tissue that is still attached to the root. Ensure you plug the sink in case you drop the tooth so it doesn’t go down the drain.
If possible, place the tooth gently back into its socket and bite down to apply pressure. If the pain isn’t too bad, keep the pressure on the tooth for the entire journey to the dentist.
If you can’t put the tooth back into place for whatever reason, place the tooth in a cup of milk. If you have no milk to hand, put the tooth into a clean container.
Only after the above steps should you call your after-hours emergency dentist as the sooner you reinsert the tooth, the more chance you have for the tooth to “take” and re-establish the root in your gum.
Chipped or cracked teeth
If you chip off a part of your tooth but you aren’t experiencing any pain, you should be fine to make a regular appointment during working hours.
Be careful while eating though because that chip could turn to a crack or fracture which is a dental emergency.
If you do manage to fracture your tooth, here are a few things you must do to help with the repairs and avoid infection.
Gently rinse your mouth with warm water but be sure to clean the tooth of any debris.
Take a painkiller like paracetamol to help with the pain but do not take Aspirin because it will thin your blood.
Don’t apply a topical gum numbing gel as it could interfere with the repairs.
If you are in severe pain, rest assured that the professional team at Suncoastdental are the emergency dentist you can rely on to help. If you are suffering and need a dentist right away, call our emergency line on 07 5443 3500 or if you aren’t currently experiencing an emergency are a re curious about our other services, visit www.suncoastdental.com.au for more information.