What to do when you need an emergency appointment

Dentist checking client's teethNo matter how well someone maintains good dental care, no matter how thorough their cleaning routine, life is unpredictable, and anyone can find themselves in need of an emergency dental appointment in Mackay.

When to go?

It can sometimes be difficult to determine whether a dental problem requires an emergency dental appointment in Mackay. Nearby emergency dentists such as Northern Beaches Dental in Mackay will be able to advise how urgently they need to see the patient. It is important to ring the dentist, as bleeding and severe infections can be very serious. So if in doubt, call.

Dentists are used to dealing with dental emergency cases such as a knocked out tooth, broken crowns or fillings, a cracked tooth, and damaged braces.

Other reasons to get an emergency appointment include severe dental pain, bleeding, swelling or abscesses.

What to do when waiting?

The dentist will try to see the patient as soon as possible, however when someone is going through pain and shock, minutes can feel like hours. When a patient is waiting to be seen, it’s a good idea to remain calm and follow whatever advice the dentist has told them to do in the meantime, which may include the following:

  • For a knocked out tooth, if the tooth is still to hand try and keep it in the socket of the mouth but if this is too difficult, preserve it in milk, not water
  • For broken crowns, pain can usually be treated with over-the-counter painkillers while waiting for a dental appointment
  • For toothache, rinse the mouth with warm water or press a cold compress against the cheek to help ease the pain.

At the appointment

During the emergency dental appointment in Mackay, the dentist will usually use a local anaesthetic to numb any pain. They will disinfect the area and thoroughly examine the mouth to determine the state of the damage and determine the treatment needed. This may require more extensive treatment further down the line, but they will always minimally put a temporary fix in place at the emergency appointment. The patient can then return at a later date to complete the permanent repairs.