If you need an emergency dentist, Ipswich Dental Care is here for you.
We set aside ‘emergency dentist’ appointments each day to help accommodate our patients in need on a daily basis.
We also open each weekend and two late nights a week.
How do you tell if is an emergency?
Sometimes it is hard to define the need for an emergency dentist appointment.
At Ipswich Dental Care, we believe that if you have sustained trauma and/or you are in pain, it is an emergency.
Prompt treatment of the tooth can dramatically increase the odds of the tooth being successfully treated and saved. If the pain comes and goes or reduces, it can sometimes be tempting to postpone treatment.
It is important to remember that delaying treatment can increase your chance of serious infection, which can become life threatening, and also reduce the chance of a positive outcome for your tooth.
Information on common dental emergencies
There are various triggers or reasons why people incur toothaches. It is all too often a very nasty experience for sufferers and we want you to know that we are always here to help you in this time of need.
Sometimes toothache can be caused by something simple such as
- biting forcefully on a hard surface, bruising the ligament of the tooth
- the result of a heavy blow to the mouth causing trauma
- or it can be a symptom of chronic decay, gum or bone disease.
If left untreated the problem will only get worse and usually more costly. In some cases where abscesses occur, the issue can become quite serious. If you are experiencing any dental discomfort please do not hesitate to contact us on 3202 3999.
Tooth is knocked out
When people suffer from trauma to the mouth, it can sometimes result in a tooth being knocked out.
When this happens it can be an uncomfortable time for the patient. Our professional and well trained team are always here to talk you through these times, but we have also listed some pointers for you should you or a loved one ever incur this type of injury.
If a tooth is knocked out – remain calm and act promptly
- Carefully find the tooth, handle it by the crown only (not the root) and ensure it is clean. (The crown is the smooth white part of the tooth that is normally visible in the mouth.)
- If the root is dirty, and the patient is calm and conscious, they can gently suck the tooth clean. Alternatively, rinse the tooth in milk or very briefly, in water.
- Immediately replant the tooth in the socket making sure the tooth is facing the right way around. Time is critical and immediate replacement is best, but should ideally not be delayed beyond 30 minutes.
- Hold the tooth in place. Aluminium foil may be used to help stabilise the tooth, or the patient can bite gently on gauze or a soft cloth.
- If you are unable to replant the tooth, keep it moist by putting it in a cup of milk, sealing it in plastic wrap or placing it in the patient’s mouth next to the cheek, if the patient is able to do so.
Seek immediate Dental Treatment – Time is Critical.
Points to remember:
- Do not hold the tooth by the root surface
- Do not scrape or rub the root surface
- Do not let the tooth dry out
- Do not put the tooth in ice
- Avoid rinsing or storing the tooth in water for more than one or two seconds
- Do not remove any tissue or gum fragments from the tooth