Emergency Dentistry East Perth
Not every dental situation can be considered a dental emergency. However, if the dental problem requires bleeding to be stopped, severe pain to be alleviated, a tooth to be saved, or addressing a severe infection that could be life-threatening, then it can be considered a dental emergency. At Access Dental Care in East Perth, we are well-equipped and experienced in emergency dental care, with flexible opening hours Monday to Friday to help patients with their urgent dental needs.
What is the difference between a dental emergency and a dental concern?
A dental concern is purely cosmetic. Things such as chipped, crooked, stained or cracked teeth all fall under dental concerns as they are most commonly not accompanied by any pain. Once there is any pain though, that is when it can begin to be considered as a dental emergency. The best way to think about it is: if it hurts, call Access Dental Care. Even if the pain is only a dull ache, call us. A dull ache can indicate advanced decay which can be treated with just a filling if seen to quickly enough. The longer you wait, the worse it could get which is why it is vital to stay away from the mentality of “wait and see if it goes away”. Remember that regular dental check-ups can mean the difference between a filling and root canal.
Any toothache is abnormal so be sure to visit Access Dental Care to ensure that your teeth and gums stay healthy.
What is not a dental emergency?
If you know that the dental problem can wait until you see your dentist in a few days, then chances are that it is merely a dental concern. A toothache that is not severe and doesn’t have abscess symptoms like face swelling, bumps on the gums or high fever, can often wait a few days for treatment. Losing a crown or filling can also wait and temporarily alleviated by sticking sugar-free gum over the cavity and using dental adhesive to stick the crown back in place.
What to ask yourself
To help you determine whether or not it is a dental emergency, you can ask yourself the following questions:
- Are you in severe pain?
- Have you lost a tooth? Fast treatment can potentially save a tooth
- Do you have any loose teeth? Adults shouldn’t have loose teeth, even without pain
- Do you have an infection? A serious infection or abscess can potentially be life-threatening
- Are you bleeding from the mouth?
If you have any of these symptoms, then you should call Access Dental Care in East Perth immediately to explain what has happened.
What if my tooth is knocked out?
A knocked-out tooth is the most common dental emergency. If your tooth has been knocked out, pick it up by the crown – not the root- and rinse it with milk or water. Don’t try to remove any of the attached tissue fragments and keep the tooth either in milk or in your cheek. In the case of a knocked-out tooth, time is a factor. You should ideally see your dentist within 30 minutes as this can be the difference between saving and losing a tooth.
What to do with an abscessed tooth?
A dental abscess is a severe and potentially life-threatening ailment wherein a pocket of pus in the tooth has caused an infection. An abscess can cause fever, sensitivity to hot and cold, persistent toothache, tender lymph nodes in the neck, facial swelling and pimple-like bumps on the gums near the infection. This is considered an emergency because the infection can spread into your jaw, the surrounding tissue and other areas of the body. While waiting to see the dentist, make sure to rinse your mouth with mild salt water frequently to reduce the pain and draw the pus to the surface.
How to avoid a potential emergency
The number one way to prevent dental emergencies is by remaining proactive about your oral hygiene, accompanied with regular dental check-ups. At these visits, we will be able to check for any potential problems such as loose fillings or crowns, symptoms of decay, infection or gum disease. We will then be able to administer treatment before any potential emergency occurs. Although preventative dentistry can solve a lot of problems before they occur, dental emergencies still do happen. If you are dealing with a dental emergency, then contact Access Dental as soon as possible for an emergency appointment.