When unexpected dental problems arise, it can be difficult to find a local emergency dental clinic. A broken or loose tooth, abscess, or other issue can leave you in serious pain and extreme discomfort. Worst of all, you could be causing further damage.
If you’re in need of an emergency dentist on Brisbane’s northside, we’ll treat you on the same day, or within 24 hours of your call. Because our surgery number is linked with our emergency number, a member of our staff should always be able to take your call.
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Common Dental Pain and their causes/relief
Pain originating from the tooth/bone is usually caused by bacterial attack to the nerve which sits inside the centre of the tooth. This pain is often described as “excruciating” during the late stages of infection, and can come quickly without warning.
Depending on the progression of the infection, this pain may be subdued by Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatories (Nurofen, Brufen) at its early stages. However, once the tooth becomes “reactive to hot and relieved by cold”, contact a dentist immediately. By this stage, the pain is capable of waking one from their sleep and oral pain relief tablets generally will not work.
At this stage, the only effective pain relief is to remove the nerve from within the tooth and drain the infection directly. Alternatively, the tooth can be removed as well. Facial swelling and difficulties with achieving anaesthesia can occur as a result of leaving the infection untreated for too long. Regular check-ups can help avoid situations such as this.
Pain originating from the gum is usually caused by either a gum infection or food trapped between teeth with poor contact. Pain of this origin tends to be less aggressive and relieved by things like gargling with mouthwash (as it usually dislodges the food trapping/reduce bacterial count in the gum). However, until the bacterial is fully removed from the gum, the pain will persist. Common signs which accompany this type of pain are bleeding gums whilst brushing and flossing or bad breath.
Pain from oral soft tissue such as the cheek, lip or the tongue is most commonly caused by some kind of trauma. The trauma can range from a direct bite all the way down or chemical (e.g. hot coffee or tea). This type of pain is usually of a much lower grade and is described as short/sharp and only on contact.
The hall mark of this type of pain is that is should normally resolve itself in 1-2 weeks as the area heals over time. Pain relief is usually by simply avoiding the area although it is possible to get a topical gel to provide temporary relief to the area for a short period of time e.g. Oracort, Bonjela.
Getting you out of pain fast - call us for Dental Emergencies
At Grange Family Dental, we will always attend to people who are in pain ASAP. This means from the moment we receive your call, we will usually attend to you either on the same day or at least within 1 working day. So please call us on (07) 33560166 or go to our Why Choose Us section to read more about how our toothache policy works.
What do you do when a tooth is knocked loose?
First and foremost, call Grange Family Dental immediately on (07) 33560166 and state clearly that a tooth has just been knocked loose. We will do our best to attend to you on the day of the accident, and immediately if necessary as sometimes this can help avoid long term complications.
In the case of a baby tooth being lost, we would generally advise not to place the tooth back in the child’s mouth but still to bring it in so we can be sure no fragments of the tooth are lodged in the soft tissue.
For an adult tooth that has been loosened, moved or displaced (“knocked out”), it is essential you call us immediately. In the instance that an adult tooth has been knocked out of its socket, time is essential to maximising the chance of the tooth surviving in the long term.
If the tooth is still in the mouth, keep the tooth where it is and try to stabilise it by pressing it against the cheek with your tongue until you reach the surgery. This is important, as the tooth should be kept in saliva to help the long-term prognosis of the tooth.
If the tooth is completely knocked out, do not rinse the tooth in water. A better medium to rinse the tooth with would be saliva, isotonic saline, or even milk. Avoid touching the surface as much as possible but do try to remove any visible dirt on the tooth. If there are no containers, and you are comfortable to do so, place the tooth back in the mouth and carry it under the tongue being careful not to swallow it accidentally until you reach the surgery.
We may be able to re-position the tooth in its socket and stabilise it for the short term but in the long run, there will usually be the need for other interventions to keep this tooth (or its replacement) in place. We will discuss with you what needs to be done, and what can be expected in the future.
Emergency dental services should only be performed by experts in the field and here at Grange Family Dental, we offer flexible hours so that we can make your dental wellbeing our priority.
Our family-friendly and highly trained team are always pleasant and have your best interests in mind. Complete with state-of-the-art equipment and the latest technology, our facility is more than prepared to deal with any dental problem.
For your convenience and thanks to our extensive experience, we offer a wide range of dental services and can accommodate almost any procedure in-house. We’ll be happy to assist you with any general, cosmetic, or emergency dental needs.
Phone us on (07) 33560166 or contact us to make an appointment and one of our helpful team members will take care of any questions or concerns you have, as quickly as possible.