What is emergency dentistry?
Emergency dentistry deals with cases wherein an injury to the teeth and gums is caused by an accident. These injuries are most commonly in the form of a knocked out teeth, loosened, fractured, or a tooth/ teeth forced out of position. It’s also common to see cuts and bleeding from the lips or cheeks. Emergency dentistry cases are oftentimes very painful and require immediate attention- we can offer that quality and speed of service- here in Anzac Parade with your local Maroubra dental team.
How do I know whether my case is an emergency?
Pain is a very powerful feeling and it sometimes makes us believe that what we have is as an emergency. However, this is not always the case. Some of the most common emergency cases are:
- Toothache or abscess
- Severe pain in the facial area or teeth that doesn’t subside even with pain killers
- Injury to the face or teeth after or during the accident
- Knocked out or loose tooth
- Bleeding that you can’t control
- Swelling in the gums or facial area that keeps getting worse
- Cracked, fractured, or chipped tooth
- Broken jaw
- Broken braces
- Soft tissue injuries (this includes the lips, cheeks, mouth, or tongue)
- Broken cusps
- Split tooth or root
- Food stuck between the teeth
- Lost filling
How soon should I go to the dentist?
It is important to go immediately to a dentist when you have emergency cases such as above. Delaying it may cause further damage as the nerves and blood vessels continue to worsen. This goes especially for infections. If not treated immediately, it can spread to other parts of the head and can lead to serious health problems.
So, if you suffer any of these unfortunate accidents- give us a call- we’ll discuss your options, fit you in, and sort out your problem [Occasionally, we would of course need to refer you on to a specialist]
Most importantly, do remember to call 911 immediately if you have any life-threatening emergency and do not delay.
What can I do to prevent these emergency cases from happening?
Accidents happen all the time, but as we like to say: prevention is better than cure. There are lots of things we can do to prevent getting injured when accidents do happen. For example, if you’re an athlete and you have a game, make sure to use mouth guards to protect your teeth and gums. Just call us for further advice, or check out “Jamiethedentist.com