The team at United Dental Clinic understands how scary dental emergencies can be. They can derail your plans, cost you sleep and disrupt your daily life. For these reasons—and because your ongoing oral health is our top priority—we are pleased to offer comprehensive emergency dentistry in our dental clinic.
5 Times When You’ll Need Emergency Dental Care
Your Northern Beaches emergency dentist considers any situation or condition that causes oral pain or puts your teeth at risk a dental emergency. In these cases, we encourage you to reach out to our compassionate team as soon as possible for guidance and an emergency dental visit.
In our opinion, you need an emergency dentist if you experience any of the following:
- Toothache, increasing tooth sensitivity or oral pain
- Tooth or oral trauma, including a knocked-out tooth
- Broken restoration or prosthetic, especially if the inner tooth is exposed
- Gum, jaw or lower-face swelling
- Soft-tissue injuries or an object lodged between teeth
You may find it difficult to determine whether your situation is a dental emergency or if you can wait for the next available appointment. For this reason, we encourage you to contact the caring team at United Dental Clinic for guidance.
What Emergency Dental Services Do You Provide?
We provide the treatments you need to restore your oral health and relieve any pain. And therapy is always customised to address your specific dental emergency.
For example, root canal infections commonly cause toothaches and swelling. In this case, we anesthetise the treatment area and gently remove the infected tissue. Typically, we follow up with a dental crown to restore tooth strength and durability.
Other emergency dental treatments include:
- Tooth-coloured fillings for tooth decay, another common culprit of tooth pain
- Extractions in the case of severe damage when the tooth cannot be saved
- Tooth replacement, including dental implants
- Restorative dentistry, including tooth-coloured restorations and prosthetics (replacement or repair)
- Periodontal treatment to help reduce inflammation and infections in the bone and periodontal ligaments
Dental Emergency Guide
We encourage you to contact your emergency dentist at the first signs of trouble, including tooth sensitivity that increases throughout the day.
If you’ve experienced a body trauma—for example, a car accident—we urge you to visit the hospital and contact us after being declared safe.
In the event you knock out a tooth, we urge you to store it in a container of water until your emergency dental appointment. Keeping the tooth moist, coupled with timely intervention, means the dentist may be able to reset the tooth into the gum.
If you’ve damaged a restoration or prosthetic, it’s essential to keep the area clean until you see the dentist to avoid infection. You can rinse with warm water to clear any debris.
We recommend pain relievers purchased in your local shop for pain and swelling, provided you’re medically able to take the specific medication. You can also use an ice pack to help with these symptoms.
Depending on the nature of your dental emergency, a member of our team will provide more specific instructions to see you through until it’s time to see the dentist.
What Is Sedation Dentistry?
In some cases, dental emergencies require ongoing treatment, which may be invasive. But rest assured, we’ll not leave you in pain between dental visits.
If your dentist stabilises your emergency and you’re scheduled to come back to complete treatment, we can talk to you about sedation dentistry in Northern Beaches.
Of course, we are always gentle and numb treatment sites, but we also offer oral and IV sedation for patients who need a little extra reassurance.
Oral sedation is a pill given before treatment, and IV sedation is delivered intravenously and is more potent than oral. However, most patients don’t recall their treatment, no matter their choice.
Before administering sedation, we take a thorough health history, including a list of current medications, to ensure it is a safe option for you.
Preventing Dental Emergencies
Preventive dentistry (regular check-ups and teeth cleans) coupled with excellent at-home care may be your best defence against infection- or decay-based dental emergencies.
We also recommend mouthguards during sports and nightguards for bruxism (teeth clenching and grinding).
Your Emergency Dentist in Warriewood, NSW, Is Here for You
The compassionate team at United Dental Clinic never likes to see patients in pain, which is one of the reasons we set aside time in the schedule to treat dental emergencies. And our support staff continuously works to get you in front of the dentist as soon as possible.
We anticipate your call if you have a dental emergency or suspect you might.