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Emergency Treatment

Emergency treatment

We are here for you at Purity Dental.

Same day appointments for Emergency Dental Care.

Unfortunate things can happen, such as breaking a tooth, developing an infection with agonising pain, or having a traumatic accident. Like all emergency situations, a calm and rational approach can help prevent tooth loss or permanent damage, so please contact us to help you through it.

The aim of an emergency appointment is to ensure you are safe, to thoroughly assess and diagnose the problem, and to discuss the available options that would be suitable for you. If you have acute pain, we will strive to have you out of pain on the day.

Here is some information and handy tips for the emergencies we commonly see at Purity Dental.

Toothaches

A toothache can present itself in different ways. It can be pain when you bite or chew, especially if it is accompanied by a foul odour and a bad taste. It can be spontaneous pain or a dull ache that may last anywhere from 30 seconds to hours at a time. The pain may or may not be triggered by irritants such as food, or hot and cold drinks. These can be the signs and symptoms of an infected or abscessed tooth.

Let one of our dentists have a look, and we will give you all your treatment options. In any case, getting you out of pain and comfortable is our immediate goal.

Handy tip: Rinse the mouth with warm water to clean it out. If swelling is present, place a cold compress to the outside of your mouth or cheek. Gently use dental floss to remove any food caught between your teeth. For quick relief, ask your dentist or pharmacist about any over-the-counter pain medication.

Wisdom Teeth Pain

If you suffer from jaw tenderness or pain, recurring sore throats, bouts of bad breath or taste, and redness and bleeding gums around the back teeth – your wisdom teeth may likely be the cause. Please see our page on Wisdom Teeth to find out how we can help.

Infections or Abscesses Causing Swelling

Swelling in the face is usually a sign of a severe infection where your body is undergoing an inflammatory process as it is overwhelmed by the bacteria or trauma. You may experience pain, redness and warmth, or loss of function of the affected area or tooth. It may be related to a dental abscess or trauma from a broken or infected tooth, or sometimes impacted wisdom teeth.

Tooth Pain

If you have any form of swelling, contact us straight away as infections that cause swelling of the face or fever are issues that must be addressed quickly by a dentist on the same day of your call.

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Trauma & Sports-Related Injuries

If your tooth is displaced by trauma or has been knocked out of the socket you will have to call us as soon as possible. Any dental injury is distressing, especially when a permanent tooth is knocked out. Time is critical, and sometimes a tooth can be re-implanted and saved if done promptly.

Handy tip: Care should be taken to handle the tooth only by its crown and not by its root. Clean the tooth under running saline or water and place the tooth in milk or inside the cheek of your mouth. Do not store the tooth in water. Place a cold compress to the outside of your mouth or cheek to reduce pain and swelling before you reach our dental practice.

If you play sports, you are more likely to sustain damage to the teeth when not wearing a protective mouthguard. The cost of a fractured tooth may be greater than the cost of a custom-fitted mouthguard.

Lost or Broken Crowns/Veneers

Consider it an emergency if you have a lost filling or crown. Even if you don’t have any symptoms, the tooth has lost its protective cover and it could easily become damaged. Pieces could break off or crumble, and you would need more extensive treatment. You may find that the uncovered tooth is irritating to your tongue and therefore we suggest you call us as soon as possible for repair or to place a temporary crown.

Handy tip: If you have a dislodged crown or veneer, put it in a safe place and avoid things that make the tooth hurt. Sometimes we are able to reattach the crown without having to make a new one.

Broken Dentures or Partials

Teeth can sometimes separate from dentures or partials. Occasionally, the clasps or the plastic base may break. Most of these issues can be remedied through our in-house denture prosthetist during regular business hours. We can often have the repair completed in one day.

Handy tip: Clean dentures with denture cleaner and keep all the bits of the denture together in a bag so you don’t lose them.