Why You May Need an Emergency Dentist

Why You May Need an Emergency Dentist

There are valid reasons for having an emergency dentist like Joondalup City Dental. This dentist will ‘fit you in’ if you need treatment that can’t wait or who keeps a certain amount of time in the day free for emergencies. A dentist who books up their day has no room left for emergency work unless they simply put you in, and then everyone else has to wait. Sometimes, this can’t be helped, but it is better to avoid it.

Knowing who to go to in an emergency takes some of the stress out, especially if you are sure they’ll be able to see you – or your child – when needed. So when are you likely to need emergency treatment at the dentist?

  • If you play sport and end up getting your face kicked, or a ball – or hockey stick – in the face, knocking your teeth out or breaking them, you’ll need immediate treatment.
  • If your child plays sports, rides a bike or a skateboard, or goes skating on a rink, they will likely fall at some time and damage their teeth. They may even have one knocked out.
  • If you don’t go to the dentist regularly, you are likely to wake up in the middle of the night with a severe toothache from a decay. You’ll want to get to the dentist as soon as possible to get that filling.
  • If you have a car accident, your teeth can be damaged, especially if your car is an old one with no airbags.

  • If you are an older person who has fallen, your teeth can be damaged and need emergency treatment to fix them.
  • Little children often fall over, fall down steps or even off the sofa, damaging their teeth or mouth. A dentist may be needed.

There are several ways in which the dentist can restore damaged teeth. What treatment he or she gives will depend on the damage done.

  • A chipped tooth can be treated by bonding. A resin the same colour as the tooth is placed over it to hide the chipped part and make it look new again. It may have to be replaced every so often.
  • Crowns or caps are used to repair a tooth that is broken right off but still has a solid base and roots. The colour matches the original tooth and looks just like the old one. This is a permanent repair.
  • A veneer can be placed over several teeth if chipped or damaged.

It is far better to have a mouth guard fitted to protect your teeth from a sporting injury.