Just the sound of those two words paired together is enough to make your skin crawl, isn’t it? Here at Abbotsford Dental, we know that accidents can happen anywhere and at anytime, and that a sudden burst of pain or complication resulting from an undiagnosed infection can render you sleepless, irritable, and in a constant state of suffering.
Then of course, there are things like trauma or a nasty accident that has completely impaired your teeth and mouth, and perhaps even broken or knocked some of your precious teeth out.
Luckily, and during these distressing and unforseen times, the Abbotsford Dental Clinic is ready to help you almost immediately. We allow for spaces during our regular schedule in which are specifically allocated for emergencies, so booking in for a quick and rather abrupt appointment when you need one, isn’t too much of a problem.
Again, things happen.
Be it an annoying toothache that has steadily become worse, a tooth or teeth that have been knocked out or broken on the sporting field, or if its to do with a dislodged crown or cap or unsettled filling, our team of experienced and dedicated dentists at Abbotsford Dental are always here, ready, and motivated to relieve you of any pain and discomfort. No matter the issue or dental emergency, our senior specialists will look after you from the moment you walk in with the aim of restoring your smile and damaged mouth to what it once was.
What about after-hours?
Again, accidents and dental problems don’t run according to a convenient schedule, nor do they always occur during the window of standard business hours. Although we can certainly help you outside of the business hour matrix, a higher fee will naturally be incurred for any emergency work necessary during these times. Also, and as an unfortunate footnote (but in the nature of full disclosure) depending on the type of emergency and the work involved, medical rebates may not always apply.
In times of urgent need, however, the first priority will always be to relieve you of any pain or suffering first and foremost, in which the paperwork and the small details can come after. Sometimes, immediate action and seeing a dentist as soon as possible can be the difference between saving and losing a tooth (or teeth) and it is for that fact alone, we will begin working immediately. But that doesn’t mean you have to sign your life away. We will be transparent, informative, and ready to help you, no matter what time you need us or for what type of emergency, and ease any concerns of worries with the costs and treatment itself.
A more specific list of terms and conditions will be offered during the initial appointment.
In the case of an emergency, what can I do in the interim?
Depending on the nature of your emergency, there are things you as the patient can strive to do or have others do for you to minimise the damage and pain moving forward.
Here a just a few:
- If you have had your teeth knocked our or have lost a single tooth, the first thing you should do is keep it moist. You should also try to place the teeth back into the affected socket and avoid touching the root as least as humanly possible. In certain instances, this wont be a possibility or something you even want to fathom, so placing your tooth or teeth in milk will go a long way in maintaining their structure and overall health. After this, it is imperative to visit the Abbotsford Dental clinic immediately to begin the appropriate treatment.
- With a cracked tooth, warm water to clean the area and rinse the tooth is something you can easily apply and use to minimise the pain. Once you have adequately rinsed and cleaned the area, placing an ice pack on the affected area will be highly beneficial in dealing with the subsequent swelling and inflammation.
- A very common problem that doesn’t directly affect your teeth is a bitten tongue. Everyone has done it at some stage, either by rushing their food or just by the way of a clumsy mistake, and if you find yourself in significant pain or are even bleeding as a result, you can simply clean the area gently with water and apply an ice pack
- For any toothache, no matter the severity, we suggest you rinse your mouth with warm water & clean anything out that may be lodged in your teeth or in the surrounding area. At Abbotsford Dental, we also recommend the use of dental floss to gently remove any food caught in your teeth that may be furthering your pain.
Ultimately, and with any kind of dental emergency in the Abbotsford, Collingwood, or Fitzroy areas, it is vitally important you call us as soon as possible.
A few tips to avoid the unpleasantness of a dental emergency
For things such as trauma and accidental contact resulting in a dental emergency, sometimes, things like that can be simply unavoidable. After all, the word ‘accident’ implies as much. Obviously, no one plans to be hit in the face or lose their teeth, but there are preventive and precautionary measures one can take to reduce the risk. At Abbotsford Dental, we recommend wearing a mouthguard, no matter the age bracket or type of sport involved, for a sturdy and properly fitted guard will secure your teeth, even in the event of heavy, unforseen contact.
When it comes to cracks and dental fixtures being displaced or damaged, there are also ways to avoid those nasty issues. Cracked teeth in particular are often caused by certain foods such as hard lollies and nuts or frozen ice blocks, so if you feel your teeth are perhaps not as strong as they once were, we urge you to be careful.
And, as a final point, and even though it may look impressive at a party, opening containers and plastic objects (or even beer bottles) with your teeth is a big no-no. Be safe, mindful, and vigilant when it comes to the safety of your teeth and gums, but in the event of an emergency, the Abbotsford Dental Clinic will be here when you need us.