Dental Emergencies during this COVID- 19 time?
We understand that Toothaches, broken teeth and lost fillings can happen at the most unexpected (and inconvenient) times. As advised by the Australian Dental Association, Dental Board of Australia and Australian Health Protection Principal committee, we are currently at level 1 restrictions. Which means we are able to do a little more dentistry! We still need to take precautions however, we are here to help. Give us a call to find out.
What is a dental emergency?
A dental emergency is a situation that requires immediate treatment. It may involve conditions that cause severe pain, infection or directly affect your health. This can include:
- Swelling affecting your mouth, face and/or neck.
- Difficulty opening your mouth, swallowing or breathing (unrelated to COVID-19).
- Damage to your mouth or jaw following an accident or injury causing loss of a tooth or teeth being moved from their original position in the mouth.
- Severe dental pain that is affecting your sleep and/or does not subside with use of pain-relief medications.
- Tooth fracture where the nerve inside the tooth becomes exposed (which may or may not include bleeding).
- Ulcers present in the mouth for 3 weeks or longer.
- Wire or bracket fractures in orthodontic patients.
- Uncontrolled bleeding post-oral surgery.
- Patients referred by a doctor for medically necessary dental care or for urgent dental care prior to surgery that cannot be delayed.
- Treatment of a dental condition that can directly affect your health, for example, remove of an oral cancer lesion from inside the mouth.
Should I go to the dentist in an emergency?
If you have a genuine dental emergency such as facial swelling, trauma where the tooth has been knocked out, significant bleeding, severe pain that you can’t sleep at night you should go and see the dentist. If you are uncertain whether to make an appointment please give us a call on 07 5525 2400 and we can discuss what is best.