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When it comes to looking after your teeth, no matter what the problem is, you should not be afraid to visit your dentist. You will often find that if you have a painful problem, any pain caused by the treatment is nothing in comparison. Dentists are not always open 24 hours, so there may come a time when you have a dental emergency, and you will need to seek out of hour’s service in order to get emergency dental treatment.
Here are some ideas that will help you know what to do when you encounter dental emergencies:
Types of Dental Emergencies
An emergency Dentist in Brisbane generally sees a wide variety of different dental emergencies, such as:
-Painful Wisdom Tooth
Whatever the type of emergency is, you can rest assured that the dentist has seen it all when it comes to broken, lost, or damaged teeth. Usually, if you have something such as a lost crown or filling, or even a cracked tooth, you may be best to wait until the surgery opens before seeking treatment. A painful abscess or wisdom tooth may require out of hours treatment if only to get medication to keep any infection under control.
You may require emergency wisdom teeth removal which you would be best to seek assistance as soon as you notice the problem. If left and it gets infected your jaw could lock leaving you unable to move it. Take note as well, that if you do remove one wisdom tooth, you will also want to remove the opposite tooth on the other jaw, as this will prevent the tooth from biting down on your gums. Removing the tooth will help to prevent irritation and also infection from an open wound inside your mouth.
Finding a Dentist
If you require service outside of regular operating hours, then you will need to find out which dentists have an emergency out of hours service available. You can search quickly by using the internet, and make a quick list of all of the local dental practices that are close to your vicinity. If you take a look at each of the websites, look for the emergency, as well as the regular contact number. If the emergency number is not displayed, call the main number and listen to the recording, as they will often quote the out of hour’s service number for patients to call.
You can speak to a few of the dentists if you wish, and ask them about the cost of the treatment. You may be able to save a small amount of money, but you often find that most dental practices have very similar price structures. If you can wait till the practice opens, then this will save you money. However, if the pain is too much for you, you may need to seek assistance straight away. Make sure that you do not drive a vehicle to get treatment, and have someone that will be able to drop you off and pick you up afterwards. If you require anaesthetic or painkillers, you may not be fit to drive a vehicle after your treatment.
If you are in pain, seek out a dentist and get the problem fixed, it is better than living in the misery of painfully bad teeth!