Common Dental Emergencies and How to Handle them
When things don't quite feel right in our mouth, it's vital to get them sorted as soon as possible. Issues in your mouth can affect many other areas and localised problems don't often stay that way for long. With that in mind, we've put together this list of common dental emergencies and how to handle them.
If you've lost a filling, it's important to get it replaced as soon as possible in order to avoid the tooth eroding further and other issues arising. You will most likely also notice pain in the area, which will only worsen over time. There are many types of fillings available, and the best option for you now may not be the same as what it was when you first had your tooth filled. Because of this, we suggest booking a consultation with your dentist to discuss your options in terms of fillings.
A toothache can often be a sign of underlying issues such as tooth decay, gum disease or abscesses. It can also occur as a result of grinding your teeth, dealing with impacted teeth, or a broken tooth. Because there is such a wide range of causes, it is important to visit a dentist as soon as possible- these types of issues don't often go away on their own and can worsen if not dealt with.
A broken tooth isn't just painful but it also makes the area vulnerable to bacteria. The good news is that if you get to your dentist quick enough, the issue is relatively simple to fix. If left untreated a broken tooth can lead to pain, sensitivity or even infection, so be sure to get to your dentist ASAP.
While some people may have their wisdom teeth grow in normally with minimal pain, and others may not grow them at all; some fall into the unlucky category of having their wisdom teeth grow improperly. In this instance the wisdom teeth must be removed. If you believe that your are impacted, misaligned or simply stuck, it's time to book an appointment with your dentist to have the situation assessed and removal organised to help prevent future problems or pain.
Tooth or Gum Infection
An infection in your teeth or gums can cause significant pain and other issues. If you believe you may have an infection it is vital to call your dentist immediately and get things sorted.
If you need help with any of these emergencies, or any other dental issues you can give us a call at 1300 255 600 or contact us through our website here.