When Dental Emergencies Can’t Wait

When Dental Emergencies Can't Wait

No one plans a toothache, a chipped tooth or a root canal therapy but when you need one – you really need one.

Ignoring a dental problem won’t make it go away. In fact, most dental issues become worse if left untreated and could even lead to other health issues.

Judging the severity and urgency of a toothache is not something you can do at home. However, there are measures you can to ease the pain and help take care of your teeth while you wait to see a dentist. Access Dental Care in Perth has flexible opening hours from Monday to Friday for patients with dental emergencies.

Tooth cavity

Cavities are the most common dental problem faced by people all over the world. Although cavities often go unnoticed until they are a considerable size; if attended to in time it is possible for your dentist to save your tooth and prevent further decay by inserting a filling or performing root canal therapy.

Cavities are often found by a dentist during your biannual general examination. As such, be sure to attend your bi-annual dental check-up and clean. “Prevention is always better than cure” is one of the key philosophies which drives our practice.

Dental cavity symptoms

It is possible for cavities to develop between these visits and although it is difficult to diagnose dental problems yourself there are some signs which may indicate it’s time to call your dentist:

  • Holes in your teeth where food can get caught
  • Suddenly sensitive teeth
  • Tooth and gum pain
  • Bad breath
  • A bad taste in your mouth
  • Dark spots on your teeth

The best thing to do if you suspect you have a cavity is to make an urgent appointment with your dentist for an assessment of the tooth and for immediate measures to be taken to prevent further decay that could lead to tooth loss.

Dental emergency – what to do while you wait

Waiting to see a dentist about a toothache can make even an hour seem like a lifetime. Access Dental Care offers flexible emergency dental hours during weekdays, which means you get the help you need as soon as possible. However, if you do have to wait to see a dentist there are measures you can take at home to reduce pain and prevent further damage to your teeth.

Brushing your teeth regularly is not only important in the prevention of cavities but it is also an important step to take to prevent further tooth decay and infection. If you suspect you have a cavity it’s extremely important to keep your mouth clean and rinse food out after eating. Food can build up in the cavity making it the perfect growing ground for cavity and infection-causing bacteria.

Chipped or broken teeth

Teeth are the only external part of the human skeleton; they are strong and hard to break. But it is not impossible to break or chip your teeth.

Broken teeth can be caused by decay or injury. In most cases, this is spontaneous with no warning signs or preventive measures to be taken. When an injury occurs, it is important to act immediately in order to save the remaining tooth and surrounding teeth without causing further damage or trauma.

While waiting to see a dentist you should rinse your mouth and put pressure on any bleeds to make them stop.

Some chips and breaks are painless however they may expose the inner tooth making it more susceptible to decay and sensitivity. Your dentist’s priority after assessing the damage is to prevent further damage. This can be done through a  dental crown, dental bonding or composite filling.

Depending on the extent of damage caused to the tooth, measures taken by your dentist could be medical, restorative or cosmetic.

Have you lost a tooth completely? Find out your treatment options here.

Emergency Dentist In Perth

Access Dental has practices in Perth CBD, East Perth and Bull Creek which are fully equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and qualified staff to address any dental emergency. Call us to book an emergency appointment.

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We always:

  • Promote prevention – we encourage good oral health care habits and routines to prevent the onset of tooth decay and oral diseases.
  • Offer the highest level of care to ensure you receive the most effective and sustainable dental treatments for you and your lifestyle.
  • Provide safe and comfortable dental treatments by utilising the best dental technologies and the most advanced treatment methods.
  • Explain recommended treatments to ensure you understand your options so you can make the most informed decision for your health.