Need a local Gold Coast emergency dentist?
Toothache, broken tooth, lost filling. In all these cases, you should seek dental care as soon as possible. We know that a dental emergency can be painful and even traumatic in some cases.
Time is a critical factor when it comes to saving a tooth, so the sooner you get to us the better. Call us and for emergencies we’ll prioritise your visit and get you seen as soon as possible.
Common dental emergencies
Toothaches are a common dental emergency and are often a symptom of an underlying problem. Toothaches can come in all shapes and forms. You might feel a dull, throbbing ache on one side of your face and jaw. Or you might experience a sharp burst of pain when you eat something or have a cold drink.
Toothaches can keep you up at night, disrupt your daily activities and cause you serious pain. Often, they’re a sign of a more serious dental concern such as tooth decay, gum disease, infection or an abscess.
If not treated promptly, a toothache will only get worse.
It’s important to come and see us as soon as you can so we can properly diagnose your toothache and provide you with the right treatment.
A tooth abscess is caused by a bacterial infection and can result in severe pain for a patient. It manifests as a pocket of pus that forms in different parts of the tooth or gums beside a tooth’s root.
If you have an abscess, you’ll likely feel a throbbing pain that can radiate outwards to your jaw and neck. Other symptoms can include swelling and sensitivity when eating or drinking hot and cold liquids.
An abscess is a serious dental emergency and if left untreated, the infection can spread to other parts of the body. Sometimes, antibiotics may be prescribed to lessen the pain. However, the bacterial infection will only be healed when the source of it is removed by a dentist, often with a root canal procedure or tooth extraction.
If you think you may be suffering from an abscess, call our clinic immediately so we can assist you.
Rinsing your mouth with warm salty water may give some temporary relief. Another natural effective remedy you may have on hand in your pantry is whole cloves or clove oil. Cloves contain a natural antiseptic called eugenol and properties that can numb pain and reduce inflammation.
Then of course, call our emergency dentist as soon as possible.
Lost a filling or a crown
Sometimes, a filling or a crown can become loose or fall out completely. This can be a result of poor dental work in the past or biting down on hard foods over a long period of time. It can even be a sign of underlying tooth decay.
When you’ve lost a crown or filling, the exposed space is tender and may become painful when eating or feel sensitive to hot and cold liquids. It can also become more susceptible to trapped food which will lead to bacterial growth and tooth decay.
If you’ve recently lost a filling or crown, it’s best to get it taken care of quickly before it turns into something more serious and painful.
Chipped or broken tooth
Chipped or broken teeth are common dental emergencies. If you’ve had an injury to the face, you may have chipped or fractured your tooth as a result. Sometimes, the chip may be minor and you won’t feel anything. The best thing to do in this case is to book in for a regular appointment with our clinic and we can fix it up for you.
However, if you experience pain and sensitivity to your tooth when eating or drinking, swelling to the gums or discolouring of the tooth surface, there’s a chance you have nerve damage. In this case, you’ll need urgent treatment and should see a dentist as soon as possible.
Contact sports can be a major culprit when it comes to chipped or cracked teeth, especially with younger patients. We recommend the use of a mouthguard when playing sports to protect your teeth in the event of an accident. We offer high-quality mouthguards for kids up to adults that are custom-fit to your teeth.
Accidents happen. If you’ve been involved in an accident or been injured during sports and your tooth has been knocked out, you need to get to us as quickly as possible. The sooner a dentist can treat you, the higher the chances of being able to save the tooth.
When a tooth has been knocked out, the nerves, soft tissues and blood vessels are also damaged. While these nerves and blood vessels can’t be repaired, it’s still possible for a dentist to reattach your tooth so the bone can grow back to the tooth root and hold it in place again. A root canal will be needed to treat the damaged tooth.
When wisdom teeth erupt, they can cause extreme pain and discomfort for the patient. If the wisdom teeth don’t have room to grow, they will come down misaligned and twisted which can result in swollen gums and severe pain.
A dentist will study your wisdom teeth and advise you of treatment. Often, patients need to have all of their wisdom teeth removed.
What To Do In An Emergency Dental Situation
The most important thing you can do in a dental emergency is to stay calm. It might be a natural reaction to panic over a lost tooth but this will only add more stress to your body.
Call our Hope Island clinic as soon as you can. Then, follow our basic care recommendations for treating your dental emergency while you wait to see a dentist.
Basic Care And DIY Treatment
If you have a dental emergency and have called our clinic, we’ll prioritise your visit and get you in as quickly as possible. However, there are things you can do at home to lessen the pain and stabilise the situation while waiting to see us.
What To Do For A Toothache
If you’re suffering from the pain of a severe toothache, we recommend first rinsing your mouth out with warm, salty water to give you some relief. It may also help to take a couple of over-the-counter pain relief medication tablets, such as Panadol or Ibuprofen, to lessen the pain until you can see us.
You can also try a natural remedy for toothaches. Cloves and clove oil are very effective in treating toothaches at home. Cloves contain a natural antiseptic called eugenol and properties that can numb pain and reduce inflammation.
What To Do If You’ve Cracked, Chipped Or Knocked A Tooth Out
If you’ve cracked or chipped your tooth, try rinsing your mouth out with warm water. If you’re bleeding, apply some gauze to the area with pressure until it stops. You may need to use dental cement (available at pharmacies) to protect the area if you can’t see a dentist right away.
For a lost tooth, it’s crucial that you get to a dentist immediately. You may be able to slip the tooth back into place by holding it by the crown, not the exposed root. If it won’t go back in easily, place it in a container of milk if possible to prevent it from drying out and get to a dentist or hospital as quickly as possible.
What To Do If You’ve Lost A Filling Or Crown
A lost crown or filling may not be painful at first but the exposed area can easily turn into something more serious if not taken care of promptly. While waiting to see us, you may be able to apply some dental cement to the tooth in order to protect it. If you have the crown or filling, you can try putting it back into the gap as a temporary solution.
If that’s not possible, keep it somewhere safe and bring it in to your appointment with you.
What Is The Cost Of A Dental Emergency?
The cost of a dental emergency will depend on the type of emergency it is and the extent of the damage to your teeth.
At StarKlinics, we offer stress-free payment options to help in an already stressful situation. Our finance team can help you find a flexible payment method that suits you.
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