At OptiSmile, our dentists are uniquely qualified to assist in emergency cases and restore function quickly and effectively, minimising the risk of permanent damage and further treatments at a later stage. In case of an emergency, we aim to see the patient as quickly as possible and preferential appointments will be given.
A dental emergency is any situation that requires immediate attention from a dentist to prevent further damage or pain. Dental emergencies can have severe implications for oral health if not treated quickly and correctly.
When it comes to dental emergencies, understanding what falls under this category is essential to ensure timely treatment and prevent further damage. Here are some key points regarding these types of situations:
While some dental issues like a cracked tooth, tooth abscess, or a knocked-out tooth must be addressed as soon as possible, other problems can wait until you can schedule an appointment with your dentist.
Instead of visiting an emergency dentist, seek professional advice from one of our dentists – at your earliest convenience.
If you experience a detached tooth, acting quickly and contacting your dentist is essential. We recommend soaking it in milk as an easy option while ensuring it stays moist. If the detached tooth can be saved, the dentist will quickly reattach it. The healing process may also require medication and follow-up visits with your dentist to avoid further dental issues.
When your tooth is knocked out, you may feel a surge of panic. This situation can be overwhelming, but there are steps you can take to ensure the best possible chance at preserving the tooth. Try to pick up and handle the tooth only by the crown (the top part, not the root). You must rinse it off with cold water if it is contaminated, otherwise, try not to touch the roots and try to push it straight back in and hold it in place. If you are unable to do this, store it in a container of milk or saliva, and bring it to your dentist as soon as possible. The success rate for saving a knocked-out tooth lowers drastically after one hour. If you are in this situation, do not hesitate to seek immediate help.
If you experience the unfortunate event of your crown or filling falling, you can take some simple steps immediately to get control of the situation. Ensure the crown or filling is nowhere in sight, as this can be a choking hazard. Once confirmed it’s no longer there, contact your dentist for an emergency appointment and explain what has happened. Getting an appointment as soon as possible is essential, as not having a replaced crown or filling risks further damage to your teeth and gums. To reduce discomfort and protect the exposed area from sensitivity, use dental cement topical gel until you can see your dentist.
When dealing with a chipped or cracked tooth, the best action is to consult your dentist as soon as possible and attend their recommended appointment. In the meantime, rinse the mouth with warm water and keep it clean. Consider applying cold compression to ease swelling. If your appointment time requires a meal in-between, avoid eating hard foods, as this could further injure the damaged area, so try to stick to more soft foods like oatmeal and soup until your dentist has seen you.
Are you suffering from a toothache? It may be more than just an uncomfortable nagging pain – it could be a sign of a more serious dental issue. We recommend scheduling an appointment to examine the affected area immediately. You should avoid putting aspirin directly on the tooth or gums and instead rinse the area with warm water to keep it clean until the next visit.
Take a look at our most common questions about emergency dentists. If you have further questions, please reach out to us for help.
Emergency dentists provide urgent dental care services to patients needing immediate assistance. These practitioners specialise in treating severe pain, broken or knocked-out teeth, facial and gum swelling, and jaw trauma. Emergency dentists can effectively manage and restore oral health quickly by applying advanced techniques such as root canals, fillings, extractions, dental implants, crowns, and dentures. In addition to providing speedy relief for sudden dental issues, emergency dentists can detect underlying problems before they worsen into more severe complications.
Yes, they are qualified in the same way as a normal dentist.
An emergency dentist can help you with a severe tooth infection. They will evaluate the problem, take X-rays if necessary, and provide thorough cleaning. Depending on the extent of the infection, they may be able to clear it up with a simple filling or root canal or advise you to see an endodontist for further evaluation and treatment. The emergency dentist can also provide temporary relief from any pain caused by the infection with an antibiotic and a local anaesthetic. The goal is to identify and treat the underlying issue while relieving discomfort.