Emergency Dentist Ballarat
Lydiard Street Dental Clinic
What is a Dental Emergency?
Dental emergencies can happen at any time and are often unexpected. This can be in the form of a sudden toothache or can be related to an accident that leads to chipped or broken teeth. It is often necessary to treat the problem immediately to relieve pain, stop bleeding, or prevent further damage.
We prioritize emergency appointments to help treat any dental emergency promptly. We understand that having dental emergencies can be both painful and stressful but the treatment for it shouldn’t be.
If you are ever unsure, please call us!
We will do all we can to see you as soon as possible. We have time set aside each day for those in urgent need. On weekends and public holidays there is a dentist on call for Ballarat that we are part of and our phone message will direct you to the service.
Here are some of the top dental emergencies that we see:
Toothache including wisdom teeth
A toothache may not sound like a dental emergency until you have one. Pain associated with a toothache can be quite intense. It is important we assess and treat the area where the pain is coming from as soon as possible.
Knocked out or damaged teeth from injury
It may be possible to restore a knocked-out tooth if you can keep the tooth in good condition and get dental care within 60 minutes. If possible, try to place the tooth back into your mouth in the right direction and hold it there until we see you. If you cannot get your tooth to fit back into space, then place the tooth in a cup of saliva, milk or warm water with salt (saline) to preserve it. You can also use a cold compress to reduce swelling.
Tooth abscess or gum infection
An abscessed tooth is a sign of a serious infection in your mouth. If you have severe swelling of your gums or cheek, it is important to contact us immediately or seek treatment for urgent care to fight the infection.
If there is no pain, bleeding, or swelling, it is probably not an emergency. Even so, if there is a sharp edge left behind, it can cut the cheek or gums and make it hard to eat or talk and if it’s in a front tooth, it could be noticeable to others.
Size matters also! a severely broken tooth requires care within a day of the injury occurring. With moderate size chips or cracks, you can expect infection to set in as quickly as a week or up to a few months later, so it is important to take care of it as soon as possible to avoid infection.
Lost crown, denture or appliances
If you lose or break a crown, denture or appliance, you’re not the first or the last person to do so. Call us and we will endeavour to organise a same-day appointment