Generally, the sooner you see a dentist the better the outcome and less complex your treatment will be.
Dental emergencies include:
- A knocked out tooth
- Abscess/facial swelling
- Broken tooth/teeth
- Trauma to your mouth or teeth
- Broken denture
What Causes Toothache
Often dental pain can also involve earache, headache and swelling in the jaw and cheek. The pain can range from being a dull throb to a sharp stabbing pain, it can be constant or will come and go.
Some people develop a level of heighten pain when eating or drinking hot or cold food, when biting or putting pressure on the tooth or it may the pain may just wake you up at night for no apparent reason.
Toothaches or dental pain are often the symptom of a more serious dental problem. It is important that you visit your dentist as soon as you start to experience any dental pain so that the underlying issue can be addressed.
The most common of these issues include:
- Cracks in the tooth structure
- Lost fillings
- Gum disease
- Infection or abscesses
- Impacted wisdom teeth
- Teeth Grinding
- Sinus infection
How to Manage Toothache
The first step to take when experiencing toothache is to visit your dentist as soon as possible. Any over the counter products or home remedies will only be a temporary relief.
We will need to assess your condition and help you to relief your pain based on the cause of the toothache.
While waiting for your appointment you can try:
- Over the counter pain medication
- Warm salt water rinses
Dental Abscess / Facial Swelling
An abscessed tooth can cause excruciating pain that radiates to the whole side of the face and facial swelling. You may also find it very painful to chew on the tooth.
The causes of dental abscess could be due to infection at the root of a tooth commonly caused by severe tooth decay or gum infection. A dental abscess will not go away on its own, so it is very important for you to visit your dentist immediately.
If you have any form of facial swelling you must seek medical help as soon as possible. Dental abscesses are potentially life threatening as the swelling could obstruct your airways.
If you notice any facial swelling outside our opening hours, please see your medical doctor or attend your nearest emergency department.
Knocked Out Tooth
In the event that you knocked out your tooth by accident, it’s imperative to keep the tooth so your dentist can reattach it. Gently flush the tooth in water or milk, and securely store the tooth by tucking it inside your check to keep it moist or in a clean jar of milk, making sure to keep the root flawless.
See your dentist at the earliest opportunity so they can evaluate the harm, it is often possible for the tooth to be placed back into position by splinting it to the adjacent teeth.
If you had a trauma and the tooth has been knocked out, it is essential to act fast. Please ring us and we will make arrangement for you as soon as possible. Patients suffering substantial head, neck, or facial trauma should attend to the nearest hospital emergency department first.
Any injury to your mouth may chip, crack or break a tooth. An injured tooth may become loose or moved in position. A throughout examination by a dentist is required even though if there is no obvious damage to the crown of the tooth but the root of the teeth could be fractured.
Tooth sensitivity is different from a toothache, with approximately half of the population experiencing it in some form. This sensitivity is caused when the gum recedes and exposes the root of the tooth (dentine), which is not covered by a protective layer of enamel.
The dentine is made of small tubules that allow messages to be sent to the nerve, signalling that you are eating something cold, acidic or sweet. The result is the horrible, sharp feeling of tooth sensitivity.
The crown of the tooth is not immune to sensitivity either. The enamel may form microscopic cracks or be eroded by incorrect brushing techniques, acid foods and digestive problems.
Sensitive toothpaste is designed to block the tubules that send these messages to the nerve. If you find that this toothpaste doesn’t work for you, your dentist may be able to use a stronger professional treatment; so please remember to mention any sensitivity issues you may have during your routine examinations.
How to Safeguard Your Teeth
While accidents and emergencies happen to everybody, there are a few things you can do to safeguard your teeth.
Here is a couple:
- Avoid hard or sticky food or food they may contain unexpected surprises, for example, ice, popcorn and nuts.
- Wear a mouthguard when you’re playing sports.
- Brush and floss regularly
- See your dentist at least twice a year for check-ups
At Passion Family Dental North Lakes, we provide fast and effective emergency dental care for any patient in pain.
Contact us at Unit 4/ 6 Endeavour Boulevard, North Lakes, QLD 4509, book on line or us call on (07) 3465 1199 today to schedule an appointment.