Emergency Dental Treatments
A dental emergency in Clifton Hill, VIC can happen to anyone at any time, and unfortunately often begin when you least expect them—while working, playing sports or sleeping. We offer evening and weekend bookings to accommodate patients’ work and school schedules conveniently and to minimise the impact on your routine.
Your dentists in Clifton Hill, VIC do not want you to be afraid, in pain or even inconvenienced. For these reasons, we work hard to get you seen by one of our dentists as soon as possible.
If you have a dental emergency, if you’re not sure, or if you have questions about dental emergencies in Clifton Hill, VIC, we welcome your call. A member of our trained team can assess your situation and make the right determination for your smile and well-being.
We also encourage you to continue reading to learn more about dental emergencies and emergency prevention.
- What is considered a dental emergency in Clifton Hill, VIC?
- How do I know if it can wait until my next visit?
- What should I expect at my emergency appointment?
- What is root canal therapy?
- What if I need a tooth extraction?
- How can I avoid dental emergencies?
What is considered a dental emergency in Clifton Hill, VIC?
A dental emergency can mean several things, but typically it is an oral health change—including mouth trauma—that causes pain, compromises your oral health, or interferes with your rest and well-being. If ever you’re not sure whether your situation is a dental emergency, we encourage you to reach out to a member of our concerned team for further instructions.
In our dental clinic, we treat a wide variety of dental emergencies:
- Broken teeth
- Sports or mouth impact trauma
- Extreme sensitivity
- Knocked-out (avulsed) teeth
- Broken or lost fillings, crowns or bonding
- An object lodged in the gums
- Damaged dentures or partial dentures
- Loose or dislodged teeth
Toothache pain rarely goes away on its own and typically worsens without professional dental treatment. In addition to discomfort, postponing an emergency dental visit can lead to tooth loss and additional risk to your health.
Also, if you knock out a tooth, timely intervention from your dentist in Clifton Hill, VIC means we may be able to save your tooth and restore it to the socket. Meanwhile, keep the tooth in warm water until you arrive for your emergency dental appointment.
If you are uncertain whether your situation warrants an immediate dental visit, we invite you to telephone our Clifton Hill dental clinic to describe your symptoms. Our helpful and knowledgeable team is available to guide you. When in doubt, it is best to err on the side of caution.
How do I know if it can wait until my next visit?
If you notice mild tooth sensitivity, you may be able to wait until your next dental visit. However, if your appointment is scheduled for more than a week out, we encourage your call. Mild tooth sensitivity can turn to a severe toothache quickly, and your dentist in Clifton Hill, VIC may want to see you sooner.
What should I expect at my emergency appointment?
We welcome you to your appointment, and our team quickly gathers information about your medical history and dental health before taking you back to our treatment room to meet the dentist.
Your dentist will first identify the cause of your dental emergency in Clifton Hill, VIC and then stabilise your condition. Dental x-rays, an exam and a history of your symptoms help your dentist determine the proper course of treatment. As with all of the personalised dental care we provide, we will present all of your options and help you make a choice in which you feel confident.
Additionally, we will get you comfortable as soon as possible by relieving your pain and treating your emergency.
In some cases, we stabilise your dental emergency in Clifton Hill, VIC—relieve pain and see that you are in good shape—and continue your treatment at another scheduled appointment. This depends on the nature of your emergency and the stability of your situation. A root canal, for example, may require more than one dental appointment.
Our goal during your dental emergency in Clifton Hill, VIC is to stop the pain and save your smile.
What is root canal therapy?
Often, toothache and swelling indicate an infection within the canals of the teeth near the nerve, which is why the symptoms are so painful. Many people associate root canals with pain, but it is the symptoms, not the treatment, that cause discomfort.
Root canal therapy in Clifton Hill, VIC is designed to relieve pain and save the tooth from extraction. Modern instruments and techniques make root canals more efficient and less painful than ever.
Your dentist numbs the area, gently removes any infection, and then closes your tooth with a temporary filling. Later, we fit you with a tooth crown or permanent filling depending on the integrity of your tooth structure following therapy.
In most cases following a root canal procedure, some residual sensitivity will linger for a few days but will resolve quickly as the body takes over the healing process. You can typically treat any discomfort with medicines bought in shops. Your dentist in Clifton Hill, VIC or a member of our team will provide more specific instructions based on your situation.
What if I need a tooth extraction?
At Clifton Hill Dental, we understand that the thought of an emergency tooth extraction can be frightening. And we always try to save a tooth if we can—and if that’s your choice. However, when we do have to pull your tooth, count on your dentist in Clifton Hill, VIC making sure the area is thoroughly numb before starting the process.
Additionally, we offer tooth replacement options to restore your smile. These options include:
- Dentures and partials
- Dental bridges
- Dental implants
Your dentist will help you decide on the right choice for your smile goals and health.
Remember, tooth replacement is essential to keep your bite healthy and avoid wear, breakage and cavities on existing teeth through shifting.
How can I avoid dental emergencies?
The best way to prevent dental emergencies is to follow the standard dental protocol that includes regular teeth brushing and flossing at home, routine check-ups and cleans and protective mouthguards for sports or for teeth grinding to prevent damage to teeth, tissue and bone.
A proper at-home brushing and flossing routine helps keep your teeth and gums healthy between dental visits. A member of our team can give you tips to make the most of your at-home routine.
Regular check-ups help your dentist in Clifton Hill, VIC uncover a small dental problem before it becomes a dental emergency. Also, teeth cleans help remove the tartar and bacteria that may lead to decay, infections and periodontal disease.
We also suggest never using your teeth or restorations as tools, including twisting off a cap or trying to open a tin.
Your Emergency Dentist in Clifton Hill Welcomes Your Call
If you have a dental emergency after hours, you can call our dental clinic where you will find instructions on 24-hour treatment at a facility near our dental practice.
If you are in pain or unsure, we always encourage you to call for instructions or treatment to ease your discomfort and treat your dental emergency in Clifton Hill, VIC.