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Emergency Dentistry

If you need an emergency dentist in Sydney CBD, then Spa Dental Sydney CBD is available for emergency dental treatment. Emergency dental treatment can be anything from a sudden onset of pain, to a tooth being broken or knocked out. Most dental practices will attempt to see you and treat you on the day that you call, however, this is not always possible. Therefore, most dentists will endeavor to treat your pain, so you can be relieved of the symptoms until such time as they can repair or remedy the problem. 


Toothache can be caused by several different issues, such as cavities or crowding of the teeth. If the issue is too painful to carry on with, then see a dentist straight away. Most dental practices will have a separate emergency dental number, which you will be able to call specifically for urgent issues. 


Abscesses can be extremely painful and can make eating and drinking difficult. It can also be a symptom of serious bacterial infection in the mouth, so the sooner you see a dentist, the better.

Knocked out teeth

Sometimes, due to a heavy blow to the tooth, the tooth can become dislodged from the gum. This is called a dental avulsion and happens when a force is strong enough to tear the periodontal fibers, which is what connects the tooth to the gums. A knocked-out tooth can be extremely traumatic, so we advise that mouthguards should always be worn when playing sports, to reduce the risk of this happening.

What should I do if I knock a tooth out?

The first step should be contacting a dentist via an emergency number and alerting them to your situation. They may be able to advise the best course of action. The priority is to locate the tooth, and reinsert it if possible, or store it correctly to transport to the dentist, so that they may reinsert it. As the root cells are extremely fragile, it is important you act quickly. If your tooth has been knocked out, make sure to pick up the tooth by the crown, and avoid touching the roots at all. One problem that can arise from this, is that if the tooth has fallen into dirt, the dirt may stop the proper repositioning of the tooth and stop the root cells on the tooth from reattaching. The tooth can be cleaned with a saline solution, and very gently dabbed to remove dirt before reinsertion.

If these options are not possible, then storage may be a solution. There are many storage solutions commercially available to store knocked out teeth, so if you are on a sports ground or institution, there may be some available. If there is nothing available, then milk or saliva are preferable options, as they have the correct level of osmolality to preserve the root cells, which is the number one concern about an avulsed tooth. Water does not work, and the root cells will burst if the tooth is placed in water.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified practitioner.

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