Emergency Dentist Sydney
Call us now on 02 8021 5285 if you have a dental emergency
At Rainbow Dental Practice we understand the immediate attention you need when you have a dental emergency. When experiencing an emergency you need treatment as soon as possible. With our fast paced and busy lives, the last thing you want is to be told that you can’t be seen for a few days.
At Rainbow Dental Practice we have emergency appointments available everyday – 7 days a week – so that your emergency is our absolute priority. We also offer emergency after hours appointments. We know you want to get back to a normal pain-free life fast.
Severe, untreated dental pain can lead to further complications if not treated immediately, so it’s important you know what needs to be treated quickly when you are experiencing pain and discomfort in your mouth. There are a number of different emergencies that can occur, and we have listed a few so you can make the best decision for your dental health when you need it.
What to do in an emergency
If you are experiencing a dental emergency now, call 02 8021 5285 to connect with our dental team. We’ll ask you a few basic questions to formulate the best course of action, such as:
Where do you feel the pain?
How did the pain onset? E.g. accident, chewing hard food, sudden sharp onset.
How long has the pain been present?
What does the pain feel like? E.g. ache, sharp, pulsing.
Any other dental history we should be aware of?
Once we have ascertained the problem, we will direct you to come into the Practice for fast treatment.
Toothache is no fun for anyone. You can’t see it and it usually doesn’t go away on its own. It is the main indicator of a serious problem that requires immediate attention. Most toothaches are caused by tooth decay. The pain you feel, usually when you eat or drink something sweet, very hot or very cold, is an alarm bell telling you that the pulp is irritated. The pulp is the tissues inside of the tooth, where the nerve is, so if something is wrong with the pulp, you’ll feel the pain in the entire tooth.
Tips for dealing with a toothache before you get treated:
- Apply a cold compress over the area.
- Use a toothbrush or floss to help remove any food that may be stuck between the teeth.
- Rinse your mouth with warm water.
- Over the counter pain relief medication may help too.
There are many different injuries that can occur in the mouth. A tooth getting knocked out or chipped are the more common emergencies that we treat.
What to do if a tooth is knocked out:
- If the tooth is clean, place it straight back into the socket. Hold the tooth in place.
- If the tooth is dirty, wash the tooth in milk or ask the patient to gently suck it clean before placing it back in the socket.
- If it can’t be replaced into the socket, store it in milk.
Then call us for an emergency appointment on 02 8021 5285.
Lost fillings or crowns
If you have a filling or crown fall out, don’t be too alarmed. Although it’s not an emergency, it’s definitely something that needs attention promptly, especially if you start experiencing pain. Even though the hole may feel huge or uncomfortable, our dentists will be able to repair it, quickly. The most common causes are:
Trauma Sudden impact can move a crown or filling. This could be things such as a sports injury or biting down on very hard or chewy food. The damage can be enough to loosen the crown, chip a piece of it off, make it fall out altogether and can even cause damage to the tooth underneath.
Heavy grinding If you grind or clench your teeth, then the force applied on your tooth can de-bond crowns, bridges or veneers.
Decay The area of the tooth which meets the edge of the crown or filling can be a site for decay to spread. Decay that gets under crowns or fillings can undermine the previous dental work done and cause the crown or filling to loosen or fall out. This is why it’s so important to keep a strict oral hygiene routine when you have fillings or crowns to prevent the decay from getting into those hard to reach places
Dental abscesses can become very painful. Abscesses don’t go away on their own. They can spread and impact your general health as a whole. You should seek prompt emergency assistance to deal with the abscess before it causes major problems.
Children Emergency Dental
It can be very stressful for a child to experience an emergency with their teeth. The best way to help your child is to remain calm, as this will help your child to calm themselves. A few common occurrences are falling at home or playground
Cut or bitten lips – Using a cold compress, place firm pressure over the area. If bleeding persists longer than 15 minutes, contact our emergency dental team.
You know best if you have an emergency, as your pain will be the best indicator of what going on inside your mouth. At our Sydney practice, we are always happy to take your call to discuss your emergency situation if you are unsure. Our team at Rainbow Dental are happy to give you the advice you need.
Once we have completed the emergency examination we will explain the best way forward to treat your pain and alleviate the symptoms you are experiencing. Our expert team will then work to fix the dental problem and plan a restorative treatment for you.
If you live in or around Sydney’s Inner West and are in need of emergency dental care, please give Rainbow Dental Practice a call 02 8021 5285. You will be smiling again in no time!