Emergency Dentists in Eastern Sydney: Call Us Today
If you are experiencing a dental emergency during office hours, don’t hesitate to give Randwick Dental Clinic a call immediately so we can see you as soon as possible. Our qualified and experienced team will do everything possible to treat the tooth or jaw problems you are experiencing, with the main concern being to relieve you from any pain.
What is a Dental Emergency?
Dental emergencies take many forms, but they are usually characterised by extreme pain in the teeth, mouth or jaw. You are experiencing a dental emergency if you have suffered:
- Injuries to the mouth, including knocked out teeth, or teeth that have been forced out of position, loosened or fractured.
- Oral injuries, like cut lips, gums or cheeks due to an accident.
- Gum or pulpal abscesses
- Swelling or bleeding
- Pain on biting
- Inflammation around wisdom teeth
Should I Call or Wait?
Whether or not you call or wait will depend on the severity of the pain or injury. If you have suffered trauma to the teeth, something like a small chip may be able to wait for a normal appointment. However, if a large piece of the tooth is missing or if the tooth has nerve damage or it is knocked out completely, seek immediate medical attention. Getting to the dentist within 30 minutes can be the difference between saving and losing a tooth.
If the problem is more related to severe tooth pain, you may not want to wait, especially if the pain is not going away with over the counter pain medications. Call our office immediately to relieve the pain and start treatment.
Emergency Dentists Providing General and Cosmetic Dentistry
If you are experiencing a dental emergency, you want to visit a dentist that you trust. Emergency dentists incorporate both general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry, helping to relieve your pain and provide solutions. For example, we can help with emergency root canal treatment or dental implants to replace knocked out teeth.
Read our FAQ’s below for more detailed information about different dental emergencies and what steps you should take.
Experiencing a dental emergency during business hours? For immediate treatment and care, call Randwick Dental Clinic on (02) 9314 5226.
Bleeding around a single tooth
Could indicate an impaction of food material and is usually accompanied by inflammation of the gum tissue in the same area. Have you recently eaten popcorn or crunchy chips?
Probe gently with a toothpick to attempt to dislodge the substance. Rinse with warm salt water. If no improvement within 24 hours, call us for an evaluation, and if the bleeding does not stop go to your nearest hospital.
Bleeding after extraction
Some light bleeding is common for a day or two after extraction of a tooth. Significant bleeding requires attention. We have given you some cotton gauze to bite on when you leave the office. This applies pressure and helps to promote clotting.
If bleeding persists longer than 2 hours, fold up a moist tea bag and bite on it at the site of the extraction. If bleeding still does not stop, call our office and go to your nearest hospital. Emergency instructions are available on the voice mail for after-hours urgent needs.
Bleeding and/or pus from one spot near a single tooth
May indicate an infection at the root of the tooth that is draining. The infection works its way to the surface of your gums, causing the appearance of blood and/or pus.
Call our office as soon as possible. You will probably need root canal therapy followed by a crown to restore the tooth. If you delay treatment, this type of infection can quickly spread and easily become life threatening.
Broken or chipped tooth
A chipped tooth can be repaired and restored to its natural appearance with the cosmetic solutions available today, along with a dentist who is skilled and artistic at using them. If the chipped or broken tooth is deep enough to compromise the tooth pulp, you could experience considerable pain.
Take over-the-counter pain medications and call our office immediately. Emergency dental treatment performed in our office may be the only relief from pain. A root canal will be needed to save the tooth if the fracture has penetrated the nerve area. If you are in no pain, call us as soon at your earliest convenience for a solution. If a large part of a front tooth has broken off, retrieve the broken piece if possible and bring it with you to our office.
Crown (permanent) came off
Do not delay in calling us because your adjacent and opposing teeth will begin to shift within a matter of a few hours. This makes it impossible to re-cement the crown and we’ll need to re-prep the tooth and prepare a new crown.
Save the crown or bridge as it may be able to be cleaned off and re-cemented. Immediately call us for an appointment. If the tooth or crown is damaged, we will need to do some repair work and fabricate a new crown. Over-the-counter pain medications should ease any discomfort until you can be seen in the office. Out of town and no time to find a dentist? Always try to see a dentist first, but a nearby pharmacy will have temporary cements that could be helpful.
Crown (temporary) came off
Re-cementing a temporary is usually quick and easy. The temporary is placed to protect the tooth we’re restoring for you during the weeks it takes to create your natural-looking permanent crown. The temporary also serves to “reserve” the space for the precisely fitted permanent. It was cemented with a temporary cement so that it will be easy for us to remove when it’s time to replace it with your permanent crown or bridge. Do not delay in calling us because your adjacent and opposing teeth will begin to shift within a matter of a few hours making it impossible for the permanent crown to be fitted in the space.
Save the temporary until you come to our office because we can often re-cement the same temporary. Take over-the-counter pain medication if necessary and call us. We will need to see you to re-cement the temporary within a few hours so the teeth will not begin to shift into the open space. A 10-minute appointment is usually sufficient and we try to see you at your convenience. Do not try to cement the crown yourself, especially with super-glue. If you are out-of-town and cannot get to our office quickly, go to the chemist for a temporary cement. Over-the-counter pain medications should ease any discomfort until you can be seen in the office.
An isolated dark tooth is an indication of an injury that has cut off the flow of blood into the tooth; also the nerve of the tooth may have died.
Root canal treatment may be necessary in order to save the tooth. Cosmetic solutions are available to restore the natural colour of the tooth. Call for an evaluation and cosmetic consultation.
Jaw joint pain
May be caused by chewing, sleeping on your side or it may be chronic. Jaw joint pain is a symptom of Temporo-Mandibular Disorder (TMD), commonly known as TMJ Syndrome. Symptoms can be related to stress, a bad bite, misaligned teeth, arthritis or missing teeth. A wide range of treatment is available and needs to be customized based on your own individual case.
For temporary relief, place an ice pack on the affected area for 20 minutes on/20 minutes off and take Advil, two at each meal and two at bedtime. Soft diet. No chewing gum. Sleep on your back. Call our office as soon as possible for a complete diagnosis and appropriate treatment.
Loose or missing filling or crown
Do not delay more than a few days in calling our office if you have loose or missing dental work. This open area of tooth allows decay to quickly spread and attack the nerve of the tooth, which could result in the need for root canal therapy or loss of the tooth. Also, if you delay having a crown replaced, teeth may begin to shift in as little as 24 hours, making it impossible to re-cement the crown.
If you are in pain, take over-the-counter pain medication. Call us to schedule an appointment ASAP. If over-the-counter pain medication is ineffective, call our office and someone will return your call ASAP.
Pain (constant) caused by cracks in your teeth
Constant pain means the crack extends beyond the outer surface of the tooth and may already reach into the nerve area of the tooth. A crown will need to be done to restore the tooth. A root canal may or may not be necessary before the crown.
Take over-the-counter pain medications and call us ASAP for an evaluation. We will need to take an x-ray for accurate diagnosis, but will be able to remedy your pain almost immediately. If over-the-counter pain medication is ineffective, call our office and someone will return your call ASAP.
Pain (off/on) caused by cracks in your teeth
Off/on pain when chewing is caused by the underlying tooth structure flexing with the crack. A portion of the tooth may be getting ready to break off.
Call us immediately so you can be seen as soon as possible. Delaying may increase the likelihood the tooth will break off or crack down through the extent of the root. This may result in the need for a root canal or loss of the tooth. Early detection assures minimal treatment. Take over-the-counter pain medication as needed to soothe discomfort. In the meantime, do not chew on that area.
Is sensitivity due to hot, cold, or pressure and is it prolonged or off and on? Sensitivity can be an indication of an exposed root, broken fillings or teeth, fractures or infection in the nerve.
Over-the-counter pain medication should help until we can see you in the office. If over-the-counter pain medication is ineffective, call our office and someone will return your call ASAP.
Tooth knocked out
If a tooth becomes loose or is knocked out due to trauma such as a blow to the mouth, it is imperative that you act quickly. If you get to us within one hour, the prognosis is pretty good for successful re-implantation, though a root canal may be necessary.
If the tooth is loosely dislodged, apply light finger pressure to try to push the tooth back into its position. Do not apply a lot of pressure. If the tooth is completely out, place it between your cheek and gum and get to our office within 1 hour. After-hours, call the office and we will call you back ASAP. If you are afraid you might swallow the tooth, put it in a glass of milk or water and bring it with you. Do not rub or wipe the tooth off. You may only rinse it with water.
Place the tooth in a glass of milk or water or gently wrap in a clean, damp cloth and get to us within one hour. Call ahead so we can expect you. If it’s after-hours, call the office and we will return the call ASAP. Delaying more than an hour decreases the likelihood of successful re-implantation. Do no rub or wipe the tooth off. You may only rinse it with water.
Accurate diagnosis of the cause of the problem will direct the best course of effective treatment. A sick tooth will not get better. Symptoms may subside temporarily but the problem still exists and will not go away by itself. Delaying treatment will only allow the condition to worsen and require more extreme measures for remedy. Progression of treatment for a toothache typically follows the pattern of filling or repair, root canal, extraction, bridge or implant. Obviously it’s more cost effective and easier on the patient if treatment takes place as early in that progression as possible, thus avoiding further decline.
If trapped food is the source of the toothache, gently flossing the area to dislodge food should give immediate relief. If the pain continues, you may try applying ice wrapped in cloth to the side of your face. Do not apply heat. Do not put aspirin directly on the tooth or gums. Call our office as soon as possible.