At Delight Dental Spa, we deeply care about our patients, our staff and our community.
As you would probably know by now, the current government restrictions in place to combat COVID-19 mean that some dental treatments need to be deferred. However, Dr Alice and Dr Bishoy are still here for you and can help you if you run into any dental issues that need urgent care.
It can be difficult to understand what constitutes to ‘urgent care’ during COVID-19. In this article, we explain what a dental emergency might look like and feel like, and a list of the emergency dental services we offer.
Is Your Dental Issue an Emergency?
Dental emergencies are more common than one would think. Whilst not every issue should be treated as an emergency, it’s important to be able to identify if your dental issue requires urgent treatment.
A good way to ascertain if the dental issue you’re facing is an emergency is to ask yourself some of the following questions. If you answer yes to one or more of them, chances are that your appointment would fall under ‘emergency dental’.
- Are you experiencing a lot of pain?
- Have you had a tooth dislodge?
- Do you have a loose tooth/tooth? (Whilst this is not a problem for children, adults should not have loose teeth).
- Do you have gum or facial swelling?
- Is your mouth bleeding?
The basic rule to go by is that if your dental issue needs treatment to relieve you of severe pain, save your tooth or stop oral bleeding, it’s an emergency and you need to call us to make an appointment.
Common Dental Emergencies Requiring Treatment
Our gentle and caring dentists, Dr Bishoy and Dr Alice are experienced in dealing with dental emergencies. We understand that an urgent and painful dental issue can be scary, but a calm and sensible response can make all the difference in preventing tooth loss or further, permanent damage.
Below you will find a list of some of the common dental emergencies we help our patients with and can safely continue to do so during this COVID-19 outbreak. We have also included some tips on what to do if you find yourself faced with any of these dental emergencies yourself.
Chipped or Cracked Tooth
The urgency of a chipped or cracked tooth depends on how severe it is. However, it needs to be looked at by a dentist to discern the seriousness of it. So, it’s best to make an appointment straight away.
Cleaning the area with warm water and using an ice pack on your face to reduce any swelling until your appointment, is advised.
If you happen to totally lose a tooth, it’s important that you can find it. It should be handled by the top of the tooth (the crown), not the root and you need to be careful to not damage any tissue fragments that remain on the tooth. To remove any debris from the tooth, rinse it gently and then contain it safely in a small container with lots of your saliva.
In the case of a knocked-out tooth, time is of the essence. It is important to make an emergency dental appointment ASAP for the best chance of saving your tooth.
A tooth abscess is a severe and painful dental infection which can cause major damage if left untreated. These localised infections are usually found at the bottom (root) of your tooth, or in between your teeth and gums. Symptoms of a tooth abscess include pain, fever, tooth sensitivity, facial swelling and a lump on your gum near the site of infection.
Rinsing your mouth out with warm salty water can help relieve you of some pain until you are able to get to your dentist. It also helps to draw the infection to the surface.
Lost Crown or Filling
Crowns and fillings can eventually loosen and fall out if a cavity develops underneath them. Should you lose a crown or filling, the dentin (middle layer) of your tooth becomes exposed which can result in a lot of pain.
Dr Bishoy or Dr Alice can provide a solution to both issues in an emergency dental appointment, ensuring you are pain-free.
Preventing dental emergencies is best done by maintaining a good oral hygiene routine. However, accidents do still happen. If you’re dealing with a dental emergency in Mascot, Delight Dental Spa is here to help you.
Dental practices are, by nature, exceptionally sanitised environments. As a result of COVID-19, even more precautions are being taken to ensure the sanitation of our practice and the safety and well-being of our patients and staff. So, you can rest assured knowing you’re in safe hands. Contact us to make an appointment.