Sometimes an accident may occur and one of your teeth may end up chipped or cracked. One day you might wake up and have severe tooth pain for the first time and not understand why. There are several different things that can require an emergency dental appointment.

At Northern Beaches Dental in Mackay, if you have a tooth emergency, they will endeavour to see you on the same day. If they cannot make an appointment straight away, they will give you advice on what to do until you attend your appointment later that day. Yourdentist in Mackay can resolve a variety of emergencies that may occur, and they can do this primarily within their practice. 

Seeking dental advice as quickly as possible is recommended, as it reduces the likelihood of you having to have further dentistry work carried out.

Different kinds of emergencies

There are lots of differenttooth related emergencies that can take place in day to day life, from sporting injuries such as losing a tooth, from accidents at school where a baby tooth has gone missing, to simply tripping up and cracking your front tooth. Most dental practices offer an emergency service that covers all these problems. There are a range of ways that the dental practice will deal with your emergency, and a majority will insist on seeing you on the same day that you have your emergency. 

What to do if you accidentally knock your tooth out

If you lose, crack or chip one of your adult teeth and require dental work to try and save it, you need to make sure youtake care of the tooth that has fallen out. It is a common misconception to keep the tooth moist by placing it in water. You should try and keep it in milk or wrapped in clingfilm on the way to your dental practice if you are unable to place it back into the gum. You should never touch the yellow bit of the tooth, as this is where the roots are, and they are easily damaged.

Where possible, it is advised to try and place the tooth back in its place immediately, if it is clean. Once you have got it in the right place you must gently bite on a cloth of some sort to keep it still on your way to the dental practice. You must arrange an emergency dental appointment as soon as you can to reduce the chance of losing your tooth completely.

If you have chipped or cracked your tooth it is advisable to seek dental advice as soon as possible and if you are able to locate the part of your tooth that has been chipped off you should keep this in milk until you reach the dental practice.

If a child’s tooth is knocked out then do not try to put it back in, as this can cause more dental complications later when their adult teeth are trying to push through. However, you should still seek to make them a dental appointment as soon as possible so their dental practitioner can assess the health and condition of their entire mouth. 

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.