All Your Oral Health Emergencies: Sydney's Dentist - TLC Dental
Mouth pain can interfere with your focus, work, eating, and more – and if you decide to just “tough it out,” you may actually be setting yourself up for serious oral health problems in the long term.
When your mouth is in pain, whether it’s tooth pain, gum pain, swelling, sensitivity, or something else, your body is trying to tell you that something is wrong. Often, the problems causing your pain won’t go away by themselves. These problems can worsen over time: abscesses causing bone loss, broken teeth leading to tooth decay and tooth loss, and partially-erupted wisdom teeth becoming deeply infected.
Don’t Wait, Call us or Come in NOW for any Oral Health Emergency
Don’t wait for your tooth pain to become a more serious issue. Come to see us for an emergency dental visit today – whether you have a sensitive tooth or a lost crown, we’ll help you treat the underlying issue and get back to normal life as soon as possible.
Still wondering what qualifies as a “dental emergency”? Give us a call, or keep reading for some of the reasons our patients come in for urgent care:
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Soft Tissue Injuries
Have you ever been chewing on a stick of gum and accidentally bit down on your tongue – hard? Have you picked up a hot coffee on your way to work, only to realize it was too hot to drink and you’d scalded your mouth?
While your teeth may seem nearly invincible, the tissues around them are soft and vulnerable. They’re also full of nerves – which means they feel every burn, prick, and bite.
Among other things, soft tissues can be injured by:
- Accidental bites
- Car accidents
- Chewing on hard objects
If you’ve recently injured the soft tissues in your mouth, come in to see us. We’ll help ensure your injuries remain free from infection so that they can completely heal.
Have your gums been swollen recently? Do they bleed when you eat, or feel as if something is trapped in them?
Sometimes, when you’re enjoying your favourite foods (like popcorn), small pieces of them can become trapped between your tooth and your gums. Some of these pieces won’t break down over time and need to be removed for your pain to stop. If you leave the food stuck in your gums, it can become infected, leading to an abscess and worse pain.
If you have a piece of popcorn stuck in your teeth, don’t suffer through it. Give us a call and we’ll help you get it out so you can go on enjoying your life.
You may be wondering whether your gums can get pimples. Well, they can’t – but if it looks like you have a pimple on your gums, you may have an abscess.
Abscesses are sores caused by gum infection. If your abscess is not draining itself, it will be extremely painful; if it’s draining, you may not notice it as much. Whether your abscess is painful or not, it’s important to have it treated.
A gum infection, like any other infection in your body, can wreak havoc on your health if allowed to continue. Gum infections can damage your teeth, gums, and jawbone, leading to tooth loss, jawbone loss, and tissue damage.
There are two types of abscesses:
- If the infection is between your teeth and your gums, you have a periodontal abscess (also known as a gum abscess). This is common if you have food trapped between your teeth and your gums.
- If the infection is in the root of a tooth, you have a periapical abscess (also known as a tooth abscess). This type of abscess happens if your tooth is dying, and the “pimple” will show near the base of your tooth.
If you believe you have an abscess, give us a call. TLC Dental can help you heal your abscess and avoid further gum or tooth injury from infection.
Lost Filling or Crown
If you’ve lost a filling or a crown recently, it’s important to come see us at TLC Dental right away.
Crowns and fillings are created to protect vulnerable places in your teeth and gums from injury, infection, and decay. While replacing a crown or filling may seem like a hassle, if you put off replacing these, you could end up with tooth loss, bacteria in your gums causing an infection, or plaque eating away at what’s left of your tooth. All of these are painful and more difficult to treat than simply replacing a filling or crown.
If you lose a filling or a crown, it’s okay – it happens. Put it in a safe place and give us a call. We’ll gladly evaluate your mouth to ensure no further injuries or infections have occurred as a result of your injury, and help you replace the filling or crown in a timely manner.
Years ago, before modern dental care, molars would decay and fall out sooner in an adult lifespan. Wisdom teeth were helpful because they provided a “backup” set of molars that grew in later in life, to replace those that a person had inevitably lost.
Today, adults tend to keep all their molars; wisdom teeth aren’t as useful. Additionally, they aren’t always oriented in a way that allows them to erupt into the adult mouth properly. They can come in at an angle, and remain covered by a flap of gum at the back of the mouth.
While it may seem harmless, this gum flap can trap bacteria and sugars against the surface of the tooth, causing tooth decay and gum disease.
If you notice any of the following symptoms around your wisdom teeth, you may have an infection in your gum flap:
- Swelling, sometimes to the point of being unable to bite down fully
- Pain around your back teeth
- A bad taste in your mouth
- Bad breath
- Difficulty fully opening your mouth
At TLC Dental, we see partially-erupted wisdom teeth on a regular basis. Give us a call and we’ll help you clear yours of any infections and keep them healthy for the future.
Fractured and Broken Teeth treatment
While your teeth are strong, they can become fractured or broken under stress.
Some situations that can cause broken teeth include:
- Being hit in the face
- Biting hard substances
- Weakening of the tooth due to cavities
- Weakening of the tooth due to large silver (amalgam) fillings
Once broken, a tooth can become a serious danger to your overall health. Broken teeth can result in blood clots, blood infections, bone infections, gum disease, tooth decay, exposed nerves, and more.
Don’t allow your broken tooth to become a health issue. Call TLC Dental, and our professional staff will help you decide on the appropriate method of treatment to protect your teeth after a fracture or crack.
You live life to the fullest – we know. Whether you knocked out a tooth because you tripped while running up the stairs to your office, or while playing a sports game, we want to help you save your tooth and return it to your gum socket as soon as possible.
Teeth are actually alive; they’re connected to nerves and tissues and need nutrients to stay strong and healthy. If a tooth is knocked out of your mouth, it’s disconnected from essential nutrients and will start to die. A dead tooth can crumble. Therefore, to restore your original tooth to your mouth, we need you to bring your tooth in for an appointment as soon as possible after losing it.
If you lose a tooth, here’s what to do:
- Pick up the tooth by the top or the crown – the area you see when it’s in your mouth (never touch the root).
- Run cool water, and rinse the tooth in the water gently.
- Place the tooth under your tongue, in a glass of milk, or – if possible – back in its socket.
- Come see us within 30 minutes, if possible. The sooner you come in, the greater chance we have of saving your tooth.
At TLC Dental, we care about your oral health. If you need a tooth saved, call us immediately, and our emergency dental services will work to restore your tooth.
Call TLC Dental for Oral Health Emergencies
Whether you’ve knocked out a tooth completely, or you just have a nagging pain in your gums that hasn’t gone away, your dental health is our priority. Oral health emergencies can seem small when they occur, but if left untreated, they can become significant issues. Some of these issues can result in surgery, missed work, or health problems that affect other systems in your body.
If you’re experiencing what you believe to be an oral health emergency, call us. Even if you’re unsure whether or not your issue may be urgent, give us a call; we’ll help you determine the urgency of your symptoms and book you an appointment to see our professional team for an evaluation.
At TLC Dental, we’re here to help you heal from dental pain and injury – and get back to living your life to the fullest.