Should you require emergency dental care for such problems as pain, swelling or trauma, our dental practice will endeavour to see you as promptly as possible.
Please contact us immediately during office hours on 07 5482 5454 and one of our staff members will organise an appointment. For existing patients who require emergency treatment on a weekend please telephone our paging service on 0409 897 851 where you will be prompted to leave your details.
For more information on your specific dental emergency, please see below.
Chipped/Broken Teeth or Lost Fillings
If a tooth is broken or a filling is lost call us as soon as possible and we will arrange an appointment.
The tooth may be sensitive to hot, cold and/or sweet things. Be careful with what you eat and avoid chewing on this area. Any sharp areas may also be annoying to your tongue. Chips or fractures can affect the living tissues inside of teeth and prompt treatment is recommended.
Trauma and Sports Injuries
If a tooth is displaced by trauma or has been knocked out of the socket you will need to contact us immediately.
If the tooth is completing out of it’s socket, it is important not to let it dry out. Gently rinse the tooth under running water (do not scrub, scratch or rub the tooth or root) and place the tooth in milk or the person’s own saliva. There are times when a tooth can be reimplanted and saved if done properly. If a dentist cannot be contacted immediately, the tooth has a much better outlook if you are able to reinsert the tooth back in its socket as quickly as possible. If the tooth is a baby or first tooth do not attempt to place the tooth back in its socket (or else you may end up damaging the underlying permanent tooth). Keep the tooth and take it with you when you see the dentist.
Pain when you bite or chew, especially if it is accompanied by a foul odour and a bad taste, can be a sign of an abscess that needs immediate attention.
An abscessed tooth can cause an unrelenting and/or spontaneous pain that may last anywhere from 30 seconds to hours at a time. The pain may or may not be triggered by irritants such as food, heat or cold. It may or may not be accompanied by swelling and you may experience pain when swallowing. In this event, you will need to see one of our dentists who will assess your condition and give you treatment options. Antibiotics may be prescribed by your dentist.
If you have lost your crown or veneer, put it in a safe place and avoid things that make the tooth hurt.
In most instances we are able to recement the crown or veneer without having to make a new one. You may find that the uncovered tooth is irritating to your tongue and possibly sensitive to hot and cold. Even if you don’t have any symptoms, the tooth has lost it’s support and could easily become weaker. Pieces could break off or crumble and you would then need more extensive treatment. We recommend you contact us as soon as possible for re-cementation or to place a temporary crown before any movement of the adjacent teeth occurs. If you see your dentist straight away, there a good chance they will be able to repair the damage with minimal treatment.
Infections Causing Swelling
Infections that cause swelling of the face or fever are issues that must be addressed quickly by your dentist.
Often, but not always, infection and swelling is accompanied by severe pain. Please contact us immediately so we can be of assistance. Any dental infection needs to be treated seriously and can (in rare instances) become life threatening if left unattended.