Emergency Dental Care
Few things in life are as stressful as a dental emergency—especially when they happen at inconvenient times. We do our best to help our patients prevent dental emergencies by taking a proactive approach to their dental health with routine check-ups. But even so, dental emergencies can happen.
We make every effort to treat our emergency patients the same day at Kenmore Family Dental. If you are in pain, we will help alleviate the pain, repair what is needed, and schedule follow-up treatment as needed.
Is Your Situation an Emergency?
This is sometimes a difficult question to answer. Some emergencies require immediate attention in the clinic; others can be managed at home until we are able to see you in during normal business hours. If you are uncertain, we welcome your phone call. We can help assess whether you need to come to our dental surgery immediately.
As a general guide, if you are in pain from a toothache, you are bleeding from the mouth, your tooth has been loosened or knocked out, or you have suffered an injury to your mouth or jaw, you are in an emergent situation.
If you suspect you have broken your jaw or if you have been in a vehicle accident, call 000 or 112 from your mobile or go to hospital immediately.
The following situations, although uncomfortable, probably do not constitute an emergency.
- A lost crown or filling
- Food stuck between the teeth you cannot remove
- A mild toothache that is more annoying than anything else
Call us to book a consult, and we’ll get you in as soon as possible.
Will I Need a Root Canal?
One of the most common dental emergencies is toothache pain. Often the pain goes from mild to excruciating in a short amount of time. If the pain is caused by a tooth infection, you might require root canal therapy. When you contact us, we will make pain relief and treatment a top priority.
Although this procedure is one of the most feared in dentistry, root canal therapy is no worse than getting a filling. After completely anaesthetising the area, one of our dentists will make a tiny opening in the affected tooth. This enables your dentist to remove the infected tooth pulp, then thoroughly clean the area. The tooth is filled and sealed to prevent bacteria from getting back in.
Because the remaining tooth tends to become brittle without living tissue in the root, we usually recommend placement of a dental crown to ensure the strength of the tooth structure.
Can Dental Emergencies Be Prevented?
It might surprise most people to learn that many dental emergencies can be avoided altogether by visiting the dentist twice each year for routine check-ups. Most dental emergencies happen because people skip dental visits and conditions go undetected. A small issue that we could have spotted during a preventive care visit, such as a tiny cavity, may eventually turn into a painful tooth infection that needs a root canal.
If you or a family member is experiencing an urgent dental situation, we welcome you to call Kenmore Family Dental as soon as possible.