Emergency Dentist in Wantirna
Treat dental emergencies at Studfield Dental
Anyone of us can suffer a dental emergency at any time, and must be seen by a dental professional immediately. We at Studfield Dental Group in Wantirna take all emergencies very seriously. It is for this reason that we are open seven days a week, for easy access to all patients to visit without having to spend a single day in pain that could allow a treatable problem to become potentially dangerous.
Dental Emergencies We Treat in Wantirna
Dental emergencies can be of various natures, from dental infections to extreme swellings associated with fever, to dislodged fillings causing major sensitivity and much more. If you have any of the following dental emergencies, we advise that you come and see us right away:
We can broadly categorise a toothache into two different sources of pain, those caused by the dental nerve or pulp, known as odontogenic pain, and those that arise in the gum or bone surrounding teeth, called peri-radicular pain.
Odontogenic or tooth pain could be both, acute or chronic in nature. The dental nerve is infected and causes severe pain in acute conditions and sometimes swells up from within. This can cause severe pulpitis and create an abscess full of pus, which is quite painful with the pressure build up.
If your tooth has chipped, cracked or completely been dislodged from the mouth, this is considered dental trauma and requires immediate attention. Chipped teeth can cause severe sensitivity whereas cracked or broken teeth could cause the nerve to get exposed and also cause severe pain along with infection of the nerve within.
Sometimes accidental falls or impact injuries can cause your whole tooth to be impacted and become loose within its socket or completely fall out. In such a situation, always gently pick up your tooth and place it in either milk, normal saline or even better, within the mouth soaked in your own saliva to protect the fibers on your tooth’s root. Within the hour, make it to us at SDG Dental and we’ll be able to re-position the tooth back into its socket and splint it immediately. The sooner action is taken, the better the chances of saving your teeth!
Severe gum bleeding
Profuse or uncontrollable bleeding from your gums can be a sign of gum disease or trauma. Rinse your mouth with warm saltwater and apply gentle pressure to the bleeding area. Contact our dentist as soon as possible for an evaluation.
DISLODGED RESTORATIONS (FILLINGS, CROWNS & VENEERS)
A broken filling can be rather uncomfortable, as that means a large portion of your tooth is now hollow, allowing cold or hot beverages to cause sensitivity and pain along with food impaction. Dental fillings are meant to restore your tooth structure and protect the underlying nerve. So, a dislodged filling would mean that the protective cover is now gone and the tooth may hurt moderately to severely.
Similarly, sometimes dental crowns are placed over teeth which have large fillings, to protect the remaining tooth from breakage. So when a crown falls off, or even a veneer, the trimmed tooth surface becomes exposed and can become extremely sensitive and painful.
Acute oral infections
Diffused swellings spreading across the soft tissues of your face and jaw is known is cellulitis, and can also be associated with fever. These could be caused by a sudden infection spreading from the gum or tooth, and requires immediate medication.
If the tooth causing the cellulitis has an active infection with abscess formation, our emergency team at Studfield Dental would need to open the tooth or swollen tissue inside the mouth and allow the pus to drain to relieve the pressure from within. This is usually very helpful and you will feel relief quite immediately after the incision and drainage has been done.
A rather life-threatening condition known as Ludwig’s Angina can occur if you have a dental infection from an impacted wisdom tooth or a tooth with a large cavity. This swelling is specifically located at the base of your mouth and can swell to the point of blocking your airway. It is absolutely crucial that you come see us immediately so that incision and drainage is performed to relieve that swelling and quite literally, save your life!
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This condition caused by infection and swelling of the tissues surrounding erupting teeth, usually the wisdom teeth. It is rather painful since you may have difficulty chewing, speaking or even swallowing fluids, and can cause trismus (difficulty in opening the jaws). In extreme or untreated cases, fever and malaise can also occur. You would need to start medication immediately and we would need to wash out and treat the infected area to allow it to heal, before actually removing the causative wisdom tooth.
Post-Extraction Dry Socket
After an extraction of a tooth, usually wisdom teeth, a highly painful condition called dry socket could occur if your blood wasn’t allowed to clot effectively after the surgery or if there was too much bleeding or hemorrhage after the extraction surgery. In either case, dry socket is not relieved by OTC medications and needs to be relieved specifically by our dental medication.
The above mentioned conditions are only some of many dental emergencies you could face, including broken orthodontic appliances, implant fixtures, dentures or in the worst case scenario if you were to accidentally choke on a broken fragment of a dental appliance.
Please do not hesitate or wait to visit a dentist, just rush over to us at Studfield Dental Group and let our team of experienced, emergency dentists take care of you! Your life and your health are our top priorities!
What to do in a Dental Emergency
In a dental emergency, it is important to take quick and appropriate action. Here’s what you can do:
- Make a quick call to our clinic to schedule an emergency appointment, we’re open 7 days a week.
- If there’s bleeding from your gums or mouth, use a clean cloth or gauze and apply gentle pressure.
- If there’s any facial swelling, apply a cold compress.
- If you get a toothache, rinse your mouth with warm water and floss to remove any trapped debris.
- For a knocked-out tooth, try to place the tooth back in its socket and keep it moist if possible until you come to the clinic.
- For a chipped or broken tooth, save any broken pieces and rinse your mouth with warm water.
Why Choose SDG Dental in Wantirna
Choosing Studfield Dental Group can provide you with high-quality dental care, prompt treatment and peace of mind knowing that your oral health is in capable hands.
- Open 7 days a week
- Highly skilled and experienced dentists
- State-of-the-art equipment
- Patient-focused approach
- Personalised treatment plans
- A wide range of comprehensive dental services such as general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics, emergency dentistry, family dentistry and laser dentistry.
Your smile deserves the best — make that appointment today!