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Emergency Dental Care – When To See Your Dentist Urgently

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A dental emergency can strike at any time, from a tooth-damaging injury at footy practice to an excruciating toothache in the middle of the night. But, it isn’t always clear what counts as a dental emergency and requires an emergency appointment. This knowledge can help you avoid tooth loss or permanent damage. 

What Is Classed As A Dental Emergency? 

An injury to the mouth requires immediate dental treatment. It might be the difference between saving a tooth or not. When you reach out to a dental clinic, be sure to explain the situation fully so they can ascertain just how much of an emergency your situation is. 

  • Toothache

If you are dealing with a toothache, give your mouth a rinse with warm water. If you are experiencing swelling, you can use a cold compress on your cheek or outside of your mouth where the issue is. You may want to try gently flossing to see if there is debris contributing to the problem. You can take over the counter medication to address the pain. If the pain persists, you may have an infection and should seek an appointment. 

  • Lost Filling

Cavities can develop beneath crowns and fillings. This can cause the filling or crown to fall out, which can result in tooth sensitivity. If you are experiencing pain after losing a filling, you need to visit your dentist as soon as possible for a replacement filling or crown. 

  • Abscess

A dental abscess is a localised infection. Dental abscesses generally form between the teeth and gums or at the tooth’s root. It’s a painful condition and it is not only a danger to healthy tissue but also to the surrounding teeth. If left untreated, an abscess can result in widespread infection. Visit your dentist immediately and in the meantime, rinse with warm salt water for pain relief. 

  • Bites

It’s not uncommon for people to bite their tongue, cheek or lip, whether while eating or in a fall. You can rinse the area with warm salt water and apply pressure to the area with a cold compress or clean cloth. If it is bleeding and continues after 15 minutes, you should immediately see the dentist or local emergency services. If this is left untreated, it can result in widespread infection. 

What To Do If You Damage Your Tooth In An Accident 

What about potential emergencies after an accident? 

  • Knocked-Out

The first piece of advice when dealing with a knocked-out tooth is to stay calm. Find the tooth, and handle it only by the crown. Don’t touch the root as this can compromise tissue fragments. If it’s dirty you can rinse it with warm water, milk or your own saliva. Then you should return it to the socket gently. If you can’t replant the tooth you can keep it moist by sealing it in a plastic bag with your spit or some milk on it. This is your best bet to save the tooth while you seek an emergency dentist appointment. Otherwise, you may need to consider dental veneers. 

  • Cracks & Fractures

If you have a crack, fracture or chip in your tooth, you should rinse with warm water. You can use a cold compress to fight swelling. The severity of the issue will depend on how urgent the matter is, but only a dentist can determine the severity of your injury. It’s always best to make an appointment immediately. 

When To See Your Dentist 

Dental emergencies are a part of life, but you can help keep your teeth in good shape by regularly visiting your dental hygienist. If you are experiencing a genuine dental emergency, you should seek immediate dental treatment. Reach out to a local Camden dentist like Aesthetic Dental and Denture Clinic to make an appointment. We offer AfterPay Dental for a variety of procedures to help you maintain optimum dental health. We are more than happy to discuss your options, as well as the cost of dental implants.

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A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth. At Aesthetic Dental and Denture Clinic, we offer two types of denture, complete and partial. Complete dentures are necessary when all your natural teeth are missing. A partial denture is used when some natural teeth remain. If you are having extractions, we can also provide you with an immediate denture. This is often an interim denture so you can avoid the embarrassment of being without teeth.

A denture usually lasts between five and seven years. Time and natural changes in the mouth will affect the fit and wear patterns of your denture. If your denture is worn and doesn’t fit as well as it used to, it may require a repair or reline. Having your denture checked every two years will help to ensure a proper fit and by following your denture care instructions, you’ll extend the life of your replacement teeth. 

Dentures don’t last forever. Dentures usually last between 5 to 7 years and need to be relined every 1 to 2 years. Over time dentures become worn and don’t fit as well, so it’s important to reline them regularly. The better you follow your denture care instructions, the longer your replacement teeth will last. 

It is advised that you visit your dentist every 6 months for a check-up and clean. This will help to prevent any major oral health issues from occurring. However, if you have bad breath, bleeding gums, discoloured teeth, cracked or chipped teeth, tooth or jaw pain it is advised to make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.

At Aesthetic Dental and Denture Clinic, we know attending the dentist can be difficult for nervous and anxious patients. We offer a number of options to help make your next visit as calm and stress-free as possible. Contact us today and a friendly dental technician will be able to give you all the options available. 

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