Emergency Dental Townsville
Don't neglect a dental injury! Even toothaches require treatment as soon as possible to inspect teeth and prevent further damage. Contact our friendly team at (07) 4755 2055 to make your appointment.
How to handle dental emergencies
There are times in life when swift action and quick thinking is required. This may be in the case of a fire, an evacuation - but a toothache?
Yes, even toothaches require emergency treatment from time to time. Neglecting dental injuries - such as knocked out, chipped or cracked teeth, or broken dental hardware such as braces, permanent retainers, fillings and crowns - can have serious implications, including cavities, severe pain and perhaps a pricey dental procedure later down the line.
Whether you've sustained a dental injury while playing a contact sport or simply while eating your dinner, it's wise to consult an emergency dentist, who is available after normal business hours to tend to your needs.
However, there are times you can handle a tooth crisis on your own - at least until you can make an appointment with your dentist. Here's what you can do:
Tooth pain has a wide variety of causes, from bruxism (teeth grinding) to cavities, gum disease, an exposed root or even an ear or sinus infection. That's why it's important to consult both your doctor and your dentist if you're having significant, consistent tooth pain.
In the meantime, taking paracetamol or ibuprofen - whichever over-the-counter pain reliever you normally take for headaches and other soreness - can reduce associated pain and inflammation. A cold compress on the outside of your cheek may also help.
If you have the tooth, hold it by the crown and gently rinse any dirt away from the root.
As soon as possible after the tooth has fallen out, we recommend you put the tooth in a small cup of milk - this will encourage cell growth and prevent the tooth from drying out. Call your dentist straight away - the sooner you can reinsert the tooth, the better chance you have at saving it.
Lost filling or crown
If you've lost a crown and still have it, rinse the inside and re-attach it using tooth cement - available at most pharmacies - or petroleum jelly for a temporary fix. Do not use any glue that was not designed for dental use - this could compound your problems.
It's best not to wait too long before calling your dentist, since a crown-less tooth may be weaker than a normal one, and an unfilled cavity can become painful or worsen over time.
How do you contact us?
North Queensland Family Dental is always on standby for your emergency calls. If you sustain an injury, have a severe tooth ache or loose a crown or cap, contact us on (07) 4755 2055.