Dental Emergencies and How to Handle Them

Dental Emergencies and How to Handle Them

Whereas the younger Australian population seems keener on attending dental visits for regular checkups, the older generation only wants to go when there is a problem with their teeth. A research survey carried out by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare in the year 2010 showed that of those aged between 2 and 24, more than 80% saw a dentist at least once during the year for a checkup.  Of those aged between 45 and 60, 46.6% of those who visited a dentist in the year 2010 did so because they were experiencing a problem with their teeth.

There are times, however, when you have to see a dentist such as when you are having a dental emergency.  For those who live or work in Sydney, getting a dentist Sydney CBD is a great idea for convenience and easy reach.  A dental emergency is usually an injury that has occurred to the gums or teeth which if left unattended can be quite serious.  If this injury is ignored, the damage done can become permanent or can create the need for a more expensive and extensive treatment in future.

Dental Emergencies

There are several reasons to visit an emergency dentist Sydney CBDincluding:

  1. A swelling or a toothache that suggests that there may be an infection of the gum or tooth.
  2. Severe facial pain or toothache for which painkillers over the counter do not seem to have an effect.
  3. Facial trauma or trauma to the teeth or mouth following a recent injury or accident.
  4. Having a permanent tooth get knocked out.
  5. Uncontrollable bleeding following tooth extraction.
  6. Serious swelling on the face or mouth that seems to worsen with time.

Should you experience any of these, you need to call your dentist Sydney CBD as soon as possible and go in to have it looked at.

What to Do If Your Tooth Is Knocked Out

If the emergency you are having is a tooth being knocked out, this will need urgent attention.  There are some steps that you can take to better your chances of having the tooth preserved by the emergency dentist Sydney CBDand reinserted.  They are as follows:

  • Immediately pick up your tooth making sure not to touch it at the roots but to hold it by the crown.
  • Secondly, rinse it off using gently running water so as to clean it. You should not scrub it or remove tissue that you may see attached to it.
  • If possible, put it back so that it sits in its socket and try to bite down gently to hold it in place.
  • If this is not possible, take a container put some milk in it and put it inside

You should see the dentist immediately in order to save the tooth’s viability.

Bio: Dr. Sid Afshar has for the past 20 years provided dental services to a myriad of people all over Australia.  He is currently working out of Dubbo and as a dentist Sydney CBD.  He has studied and carried out numerous dental procedures, qualifying in many dentistry areas.

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