It is the unfortunate truth that accidents happen. In the event of a dental emergency, it’s important to know that you will be quickly and efficiently cared for by a knowledgeable dentist that you know and trust.
Below are some examples of dental emergencies, as well as how our team of dental professionals here at KB Village Dental can help.
- Lost tooth (Avulsed tooth): An avulsed or lost tooth can always be a bit frazzling, but if the proper steps are taken in a quick fashion, it is possible to save a tooth that has been knocked out of place.
The most important thing to keep in mind when you have lost a tooth is that keeping the tooth moist will increase the chances of keeping it alive and thus, increasing the chance of the tooth being successfully re-inserted into the mouth.
To keep the tooth from drying before you make it into our Kirribilli dental office, you can stick it in a glass of milk, place it back into its socket, or place it between your cheek and gums. Do not store the lost tooth in a glass of water.
- Broken tooth: Whether it be a result of blunt-force trauma or from biting down on a hard piece of candy, a broken tooth can be painful and unsightly.
Depending on the nature of the fracture and the health of the tooth, it may be possible for it to be salvaged. Depending on the size of the break and the health of the tooth, a repair can be done either with a large tooth-coloured composite filling, a ceramic filling(onlay) or perhaps a protective dental crown.
Dr. Evan will examine the tooth to determine if it can be saved. No matter the outcome of your treatment, we will work with you to develop a treatment plan that works best for you and keeps your smile healthy and beautiful.
- Dental infection: Infection – otherwise known as a dental abscess – develops due to high bacteria levels that infect the central pulp of the tooth. This can be a result of poor hygienic care, a diet that is high in acidic sugars, or chronic dry mouth.
It is imperative that you have your dental abscess cared for immediately, as there is a chance that an untreated infection can travel into the bloodstream. This is a condition known as sepsis, and it can be potentially life-threatening.
In order to treat an infection in the tooth, a root canal is usually needed to remove the infected pulp. In most cases, after the root canal has been completed, a dental crown will be placed over top to ensure that no further damage or decay can occur.
- Toothache: A toothache can be caused by any number of things, including damage, fracture, or decay.
Dr. Evan will complete a thorough examination to determine the cause of your toothache. The root cause will determine which treatment method must be used in order to fix the issue at hand.
If your toothache has been caused by an infection, you may need a root canal and crown, as stated previously. If the toothache is caused by decay, you may need a filling.
In some cases, damage or decay may be so extensive that the tooth must be removed and replaced, either with a dental implant or prosthetic device such as a bridge or a partial denture. Of course, removing a natural tooth from the mouth is always a last resort; our team of experts will work with you to design a treatment plan that works best for you.
No matter the dental emergency that you are experiencing, it is important to give us a call and schedule an emergency appointment as soon as possible. Avoid chewing on the affected side of the mouth until you have been seen in our Kirribilli dental office, and be sure to keep the area clean.
How Do I Know If I Have A Dental Emergency?
Not sure how to tell if you are experiencing a dental emergency? Signs of a dental emergency include:
- Severe pain that does not subside
- Bleeding that does not subside
- Swelling that is accompanied by fever and an unpleasant smell or taste in the mouth
- A considerable amount of looseness in a tooth (even without any pain)
In short, anything that poses an immediate risk to your health is considered to be a dental emergency. If you are still unsure if you are experiencing a dental emergency, give us a call and explain your situation to a member of our Kirribilli dental team. We will help you determine whether you are in need of an emergency appointment. It’s always better to be safe rather than sorry, especially when your health is concerned.
Avoid Dental Emergencies
Of course, some dental emergencies – such as those caused by blunt-force trauma or an injury caused by an accident- can not be planned for or avoided.
Others – such as those caused by decay or damage – can be prevented by following these preventative steps:
- Wear a protective mouthguard when playing sports
- Maintain proper home care by brushing and flossing twice daily (brushing for at least two minutes)
- Avoid snacks and beverages that have a high sugar content
- Avoid chewing on ice, hard candies, and other hard snacks or foods.
KB Village Dental: The Best Emergency Dentist in Kirribilli
Here at KB Village Dental, we take pride in providing the best emergency dental treatment in our Kirribilli dental office.
A dental emergency can be nerve-wracking, and sometimes frightening. It’s important to be confident in the fact that you can receive the treatment you need from a dentist that you trust.
If you’re looking for a top-tier dentist that provides emergency dental services when you need it most, we’re here for you. We offer emergency dental appointments in Kirribilli every day of the week, with the exceptions of Tuesdays and Sundays.
If you are in need of emergency dental treatment, call KB Village Dental at (02) 9964 9166.