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EMERGENCY DENTISTRY

EMERGENCY DENTISTRY SYDNEY

Pain is one of the main reasons people go to the dentist. A painful tooth can be triggered by hot or cold food and drinks. Heavy biting or grinding may fracture a tooth and cause the tooth to hurt when you chew. Sometimes, when a filling falls out, you may have a throbbing ache.

Any injury to teeth or gums can be serious and should not be ignored. Injury can damage nerves or blood vessels. There is also a risk of getting an infection, which can become life threatening. If you ignore dental pain or dental injury, you're taking a chance. You should not delay getting treatment. Delays in treatment can be dangerous to your health. Getting injured teeth repaired and treated quickly is the best thing to do.

Today, dentists have many options for dealing with dental emergencies. Now you can benefit from advances in pain management and techniques to restore teeth. Teeth can be repaired with synthetic materials that are strong and look as good as your natural teeth. Our All Day All Night Dentist has the training and skills to identify how serious the problem is, and will almost always, reduce or eliminate pain within a few minutes.

If you're not sure if a dental problem is an emergency, our dentist offer this advice: If it hurts, it's an emergency. This is because even injuries that seem small or superficial can affect the living tissues inside the teeth. Quick treatment improves the odds of saving injured or damaged teeth.

Even if you aren't in much pain, any structural damage to a tooth, from a sports injury, for example — should be considered an emergency. Chips or fractures can affect the living tissue inside the tooth, causing more problems in the future. Your dentist can prevent the damage from getting worse.

The same is true of a lost filling or crown. Even if you don't have any symptoms, the tooth has lost its support and it could easily become weaker. Pieces could break off or crumble, and you would need more extensive treatment. If you see our dentist right away, there's a good chance that our All Day All Night Dentist will be able to repair the damage with minimal treatment.

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DENTAL EMERGENCY PROCEDURES -
CAN HELP SAVE A TOOTH


Handling a dental emergency can be tricky when you or a loved one is in pain, but a quick and appropriate reaction can help save a tooth in danger. The Australian Dental Association recommends that you become familiar with these dental emergency procedures just in case you ever have a dental emergency.

If a tooth is knocked out, hold the tooth by the crown and rinse the root in water if it's dirty. Do NOT scrub it or remove any attached tissue fragments. If you can, gently place the tooth back in its socket or store it in a cup of milk and head for the All Day All Night Dentist (with the tooth) immediately.

If you break a tooth, rinse your mouth with warm water to keep the area clean and apply cold compresses on your face to reduce swelling. Go to the All Day All Night Dentist immediately.

Treat a bitten tongue or lip by cleaning gently with a cloth and applying cold compresses to reduce swelling. If bleeding is heavy or doesn't stop after a short time, seek immediate treatment from your All Day All Night Dentist or emergency room.

If a toothache is getting you down, rinse your mouth with warm water, gently floss to remove food that may be trapped around it and see your All Day All Night Dentist as soon as possible. Do NOT apply aspirin to the tooth or gum tissues.

A jaw injury or possible fracture needs immediate attention at your All Day All Night Dentist's office or the emergency room. Apply cold compresses on the way to reduce swelling.

If a loose or broken wire from your braces is irritating your mouth, cover the wire end with a small cotton ball, beeswax or a piece of gauze until you can get to the All Day All Night Dentist. Seek immediate treatment if a wire gets stuck in the cheek, tongue or gum tissue, but don't try to pull it out yourself.

If you have a dental emergency while you are travelling, check the yellow pages under "dentist" for the number of the state or local dental society; the society will be able to refer you to a nearby dentist. Or, visit the local emergency room and ask for a dentist referral.

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SPORTS SAFETY: AVOIDING TOOTH & MOUTH INJURIES

A few years ago, a dental journal called Australian Dental Association News published an article that described what seemed like an unusual case: A child had suffered serious dental injuries after snagging his teeth on a basketball net while doing a slam-dunk.

A freak accident? Not quite. After the article appeared, nearly 40 dentists wrote in with their own stories about would-be Michael Jordan’s who sacrificed their front teeth in pursuit of the perfect dunk.
In older children and adults, sports injuries are common. Dentists estimate that between 13% and 39% of dental injuries occur while playing sports.

The front teeth suffer the most. About 80% of all dental injuries affect one or more of the front teeth. Soft tissue damage — from biting the tongue or cheek, for example — also is common.

Basic Protection

Dental injuries aren't always permanent. Even if a tooth has been knocked out completely, it often can be saved if you get to a dentist quickly enough. In addition, minor chips and cracks can be repaired with "invisible" materials that are nearly as strong as the original tooth.
However, even "minor" mishaps can cause significant, and expensive, damage. If you enjoy sports or other high-risk activities, it's worth investing in some protection. The use of mouth guards among football players, for example, is believed to prevent about 200,000 oral injuries a year.

There are two types of protection to choose from:

Helmets — If you enjoy any type of activity that involves speed or impact — such as playing football, skating or riding a bike or a scooter — a helmet is a must. Forget hand-me-downs; if the helmet doesn't fit correctly or is not appropriate for particular sports, it may be too uncomfortable to wear.

Mouth guards — As many male and female student and adult athletes have discovered, wearing a mouth guard is one of the best ways to prevent a sudden trip to the dentist.

Some ready-to-wear, U-shaped mouth guards, made from rubber or vinyl materials, are available to purchase over-the-counter in many sporting goods stores. However, they generally do not fit well and, as a result, do not evenly distribute the force of an impact. Dr. Phillip F. Ajaje recommends that you avoid using these type of mouth guards and suggests going to a dentist to have a custom-fitted mouth guard made to fit comfortably in your mouth and offer better protection.

If having a mouth guard custom-fit by a dentist isn't an option, then an alternative could be a "boil-and-bite" mouth guard. These mouth guards are made from a type of plastic that softens in boiling water. You place the mouth guard in boiling water, and once the plastic is soft, you put it into your mouth, bite down on it, and mold the softened plastic around your teeth using your fingers, lips and tongue. Be careful not to scald yourself when removing the mouth guard from the boiling water, and make sure that it isn't too hot to put into your mouth. If the mouht guard doesn't fit comfortably the first time, you can reheat it and do it again. These "boil-and-bite" mouth guards are available in many sporting goods stores.

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