Emergency Dentistry in Alderley

It often seems that dental emergencies occur at the least convenient times—during a vacation, while travelling, or just before an important event. Our dental team understands how scary and frustrating these situations can be for people.

If you find yourself without an emergency dentist in the Alderley, QLD area, we want to welcome you to contact Alderley Dental. We have morning and evening hours and reserve time in our daily schedules to treat painful dental emergencies fast.

If you have a dental emergency in Alderley, or if you have questions, we welcome your call on (07) 3856 2144.

We also invite you to continue reading to learn more about dental emergencies and our treatments.

woman with tooth pain in alderley qldWhat are the most common dental emergencies?

We treat many types of dental emergencies in our Alderley dental clinic, but the most common dental emergencies are typically root infections that require root canal therapy or a broken tooth.

Other common dental emergencies include:  

  • Toothache—can be severe
  • Painful teeth
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Swelling and inflamed face, jaw or gums
  • Deep decay
  • Bleeding gums

Other dental emergencies sometimes arise from an accident or trauma to the face and teeth. 

  • Broken teeth
  • Knocked-out (avulsed) teeth
  • Broken or lost fillings, crowns and veneers
  • Damaged or broken dentures

We recommend that you contact us at the first sign of trouble. Our dental team will provide valuable guidance and advice on whether you need an immediate emergency dental appointment or if you can wait until the next day. It is always our goal to see you as soon as possible. We never want you to be in pain.

However, if you have suffered a body trauma—a vehicle collision, for example—we strongly urge you to visit the hospital. You can contact a member of our team after you have been assessed and stabilised. Your well-being is our top priority.

What is a root infection?

A root infection is a deep infection of the root and pulp of your tooth. In some cases, this type of dental infection does not have symptoms, but your dentist may find the infection during your dental exam or on x-ray.

When symptoms do arise, they are typically painful and require an emergency dental appointment.

Symptoms of a root infection may include one or more of the following:

  • Toothache—can be severe
  • Jaw pain and swelling
  • A blister on the gum

If you have a root infection, a member of our dental team will work hard to get you in front of our emergency dentist in Alderley as soon as possible. We know that a root infection can keep you awake at night and prompt you to cancel plans. It is always our aim to restore your sleep and help you live your best life.

root canal diagram in alderley qldHow is a root infection treated?

Root canal therapy is designed to ease your pain and restore your tooth to health. The first step is a definitive diagnosis in our dental clinic. A dental professional must make the diagnosis because dental health issues can mimic one another.

If you do have a root infection, your emergency dentist numbs the area thoroughly, make a small cavity in the infected tooth, and gently removed the root and pulp. Your dentist closes the tooth with a healing agent and temporary filling. In a few weeks, you come back, and we seal the tooth with a permanent filling or a dental crown.

A dental crown looks like a hollowed-out tooth. It fits over a prepared tooth to the gumline. In the case of root canal therapy, the purpose of your crown is to protect the treated tooth from breakage, especially if the root infection or treatment rendered it vulnerable to fracture.

There are a lot of rumours about root canal therapy, but the reality is that this treatment typically removes pain but is not particularly painful.

What if my tooth is knocked out?

If your tooth is knocked out, it is important to rinse the tooth gently. And be careful not to handle the roots. The next step is placing the tooth in a cup of water, milk or saliva until your emergency dental appointment in Alderley. If your tooth is in pieces, take care to collect all the parts.

With timely intervention, your dentist in Alderley may be able to restore the tooth to your gum.

What happens at an emergency dental appointment?

When you arrive at our Alderley dental clinic for your emergency appointment, we will take down the necessary medical and personal information, and we will also discuss your health fund benefits with you.

Our dental assistant will take an x-ray of the area that hurts or that you are concerned about to assist your dentist with an accurate diagnosis. Once the dentist performs a problem-focused exam, they will discuss your options with you and help you make a choice that makes sense for your health and lifestyle.

Of course, we move quickly through these steps to relieve your pain as soon as possible.

In most cases, we will provide palliative dental treatment—relieving your pain and stabilizing your situation—and arrange a follow-up dental appointment to complete the procedure and a full exam.

We offer same-day CEREC crowns, inlays and onlays for a fast and convenient solution to broken or decayed teeth without the annoying wait for the dental lab to create a final restoration.

We also complete complex treatments, such as tooth extractions and root canal therapy without the need for a referral to a specialist.

In our dental clinic, we work hard to reverse your situation and restore you to excellent oral health as soon as possible.

How can I avoid dental emergencies?

Emergency dentist cartoon in alderley qldThe best way to avoid toothaches and dental emergencies is to maintain regular dental check-ups and teeth clean appointments. It is at these visits that our dentists or hygienist will detect any oral conditions in the early stages before they start to hurt or put your teeth at risk. Also, teeth cleans clear away the very bacteria that often contributes to dental emergencies—plaque, tartar and debris.

We also want you to adopt an excellent oral care routine at home. A member of our dental team can provide tips and strategies to help you make the most of your dental care between clinic visits.

We also offer athletic mouthguards and bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching) nightguards as an additional preventive approach to protecting your teeth and gums from breakage and oral health conditions, respectively.

Our Active Maintenance Programme focuses on preventive dentistry first and treating conditions early if they do develop. This may lower your risks for dental emergencies and deep decay. Additionally, preventive dentistry often saves money and time in the future by treating easy dental health issues now.

We Are Excited to Welcome New Patients

Whether you are an adult with pain and swelling, or your child has had an accident while playing, we invite patients of all ages to become part of our dental family in Stafford, QLD.

We recommend not waiting to get the care you need, as it can put your entire smile and overall wellness at risk.