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Whether you or a loved one have a toothache, broken tooth or a lost filling, you should make Face Value Dental your first call during dental emergencies. Why?

Because our Emergency Dentist in Brisbane will guarantee to see you now! Contact our professional team on (07) 3221 0677 to book you in.

At Face Value Dental, we treat dental emergencies very seriously. We understand that they can be painful, distressing and even traumatic. That is why we set aside certain appointment times per day to deal with dental emergencies, since they occur without warning and often require quick action. If you are experiencing a dental emergency, please call us to make an appointment with our emergency dentist Brisbane.

However, we have also prepared some advice below which outlines some things that you can do in a dental emergency in assisting yourself, or possibly a family member, who is experiencing dental pain. We also attempt to make it clear when it is best to contact your emergency dentist Brisbane and when to contact emergency services.

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Types of Dental Emergencies

After Hours Attendance

We endeavour to see all emergency dental patients wherever possible; however after hours attendance is not available. We do however allow for emergency dental appointments during our regular opening hours which you can find by clicking here.

Tooth Knocked Out

Sometimes accidents happen, whether you’re playing sport, on a family holiday or even during the routine of a normal day.

Dental emergency tips:

  • If it is a first (deciduous) “baby” tooth there is no need to place the tooth back in to the socket as this may damage emerging permanent teeth.
  • If it is a permanent tooth, and the root is intact, lightly wash the tooth in water or milk to remove visible dirt, (Do not touch the root of the tooth at all.) then replace the tooth into the socket as soon as possible. The sooner this can be done the better the prospects the tooth will survive.
  • If it is not possible to replace the tooth in to the socket then place the cleaned tooth in a container of milk and take it with you to the dentist immediately. Do not place it in water as this may damage the root surface of the tooth.

When a tooth is knocked out, it’s important to follow a few guidelines:

  • Make sure to hold the tooth by the crown instead of the root; your goal will be to cause as little trauma to the root as possible
  • Very gently rinse the tooth with milk or water (remember to plug the drain before putting the tooth under the faucet!)
  • After rinsing the tooth, carefully place the tooth back in the socket if possible, making sure to position the tooth the right way around
  • If you cannot put the tooth back in the socket, place it in a cup of milk or even the person’s saliva
  • Contact us to let us know the situation and that you are on your way.

Dental emergencies can surprise us even at the best of times, and when a tooth gets knocked out, it’s always best to address it as soon as possible. The caring team at Face Value Dental have you covered with guaranteed emergency dental during regular operating hours.

Toothache

Whether you are experiencing a mild or intense toothache, it is always better to address the problem as soon as it arises. We understand that the pain can seriously interfere with your day-to-day functions. As a result, for severe toothaches, we aim to first eliminate the pain and then fix the source of the problem.

If you’re experiencing a toothache, try the following steps:

  • Rinse the mouth with warm (not too hot!) water, which can give temporary relief.
  • Gently floss around the tooth to remove any food particles that may be aggravating the gum tissue.
  • Take painkillers and arrange to see a dentist as soon as practical. Often a toothache which wakes you in the middle of the night is a tooth that requires extraction or root canal treatment. Sometimes antibiotics may be required.

Broken or Chipped Tooth

Try to find the broken piece as in some cases it may be possible for it to be reattached. If it isn't your case, a chipped or broken tooth can be a simple repair for our Brisbane Dentists who use aesthetical, natural looking tooth restoration materials which include composites, veneers or crowns.

Thin, natural looking layers will generally be bonded to the front surface of the broken or chipped tooth, which will provide you with a long-term solution for a cosmetic and healthy smile. Your Emergency Dentist may also use veneers, which are used for a range of common teeth problems such as misaligned, discoloured or perhaps misshaped teeth.

Emergency Dentistry FAQs

It is estimated that one out of four people will experience a dental emergency in their lifetime. Given the high incidence rate, you should be aware of what you ought or ought not to do, should you ever come across a dental crisis. For example, it will be critically important to be able to differentiate on the spot the type of cases that require visiting an emergency room and those that are not as urgent. You should also be informed about what you can do before professional help is sought. Remember, a dental emergency can happen at any time, but it does not mean you cannot be prepared for it.

To help you out, we have provided some information to commonly asked questions as follows:

  • Will my dental problem become worse if I wait too long to see a dentist?

    A dental problem can potentially worsen if it is not dealt with swiftly. However, dental emergencies may occur when you are unable to locate a dental clinic fast enough. In these situations, we recommend that you at least seek the advice of a dental professional – over the phone where necessary – to make sure you undertake all the necessary steps prior to the visit. You may need to mitigate a swelling situation with ice cubes or take medication to offer temporary relief for the symptoms. Nevertheless, every effort must be made to see a dentist as soon as you find the opportunity.

    When you delay a dental problem, you risk escalating it to a more costly and serious complication later. Even worse, you may unwittingly increase the chance of permanent damage which depending on how soon you receive professional attention, may or may not be reversible.

    Of course, you should always have a dental clinic to call in any given dental situation, particularly one that gives special priority to emergency cases. Since not all dental clinics provide dental emergency services, it is best that you locate a dental office near you that provides after-hours emergency services.

  • How do I determine what types of dental emergencies require ER attention and which ones do not?

    Knowing when to call a dentist for an emergency appointment can help you save money and time, and even salvage your damaged tooth during a crisis. The question is, what constitutes as a dental emergency that must be referred to a hospital and which ones may be handled by a dental clinic?

    Serious dental emergencies: Go to nearest dental emergency room

    These are the types of dental emergencies commonly referred to as accidental or oral injuries. These urgent types of dental emergencies typically occur during sporting incidents, motoring accidents or involving children. These cases are usually directed to an emergency care facility immediately following the incident without any delay.

    Although not meant to be comprehensive, here is a list of dental injuries involving extreme trauma to the face and mouth that are considered serious enough to warrant immediate referral to an emergency room:

    • Persistent and severe bleeding
    • Swollen face or neck
    • Broken, dislocated or fractured jaw
    • Deep cuts and serious lacerations
    • Severe infection
    • Loss of consciousness

    Moderate dental emergencies: Requires immediate attention by a dentist

    While not as urgent as the above category, moderate dental emergencies may still require the attention of a dentist. These are the types of problems that the emergency team at Face Value Dental will be able to fix or give temporary relief:

    • Loosened crown
    • Fractured or broken dentures
    • Root canal issues
    • Chipped tooth
    • Tooth decay
    • Toothache
    • Mouth ulcers
    • Wisdom tooth pain
    • Cracked or missing fillings
    • Abscess

  • I’ve just chipped my tooth. What should I do?

    Depending on the extent of the chip or crack, you may need to see a dentist immediately. There are however situations that may not be as pertinent. For example, a small surface crack running along the outer enamel of the tooth is often a minor issue. As long as the crack does not affect the structure or inner layer of the tooth, you do not have to book an emergency appointment.

    The dentist would be able to fix minor cracks with some surface polishing to make sure there are no sharp edges that may rub against the soft tissues in your mouth. However, extensive chips or cracks that affect the structural integrity of the tooth would require immediate attention. If you experience pain or excessive bleeding from a chipped or cracked tooth, you should call us immediately to book an emergency appointment. If the injury extends to the jaw, nose or head, you may need to be referred to an emergency room.

For more information on our dental emergency services, call Face Value Dental at (07) 3221 0677.

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