A dental emergency can occur at any time and make for a very unpleasant experience. Resolution will often require treatment and time can be critical in determining the outcome.
For this reason, we at The White Bite make ourselves available for emergency appointments so that we can help you when you need us most.
What are common dental emergencies?
Common dental emergencies our clients present with are:
- Severe pain
- Trauma (e.g. sporting accident)
- Bleeding from the mouth
- Infections and swellings
- Broken front teeth
Chipped teeth or lost fillings are not regarded as dental emergencies unless you are experiencing pain as well.
How can you avoid a dental emergency?
As is the case with our overall oral health, a high standard of care and maintenance is the best way to reduce the risk of adverse events occurring. The nature of dental disease such as decay is that we do not experience pain until the problem has progressed quite far and regular 6 monthly check-ups with your dentist are strongly recommended so that any potential issues can be identified before they become a problem when we least expect it.
If you play contact sport, we highly recommend that you wear a custom-made mouthguard.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What should I do if:
I have knocked my tooth out?
If you have had a tooth knocked out, it is important to try to touch it as little as possible. Gently rinse the tooth and store it in a container of milk. Under no circumstances should you scrub the tooth. Control bleeding from the socket by applying gauze and applying gentle pressure.
I have a swelling that is affecting my breathing?
If at any point your breathing is affected by a swelling, you should immediately proceed to your nearest hospital.
I am developing a fever?
Fever suggests an infection may be becoming systemic. This requires immediate treatment at hospital.
Emergency dentist Gold Coast
If you are experiencing a dental emergency on the Gold Coast, contact our staff immediately so that our team of experienced dentists can help to treat your dental problem.
By doing this, we can give you the best chance of saving your tooth and prevent further problems from occurring such as an infection spreading to another tooth.
If you require emergency dental care, call us on (07) 5579 933 or you can book an appointment online 24/7.