Anyone can experience a dental emergency at any time. Shock and confusion around what is going on and what to expect can, unfortunately, delay patients from seeking the urgent help that they need. To prevent this in our community, here is a brief overview of what happens during emergency dental appointments at Comfort Dental in Buderim.
Common Reasons To Visit an Emergency Dentist in Buderim
Sometimes people delay getting emergency dental care or taking any action because they do not realise their situation is an emergency. Some common dental emergencies that require seeing a dentist as soon as possible include:
- Toothache or jaw pain
- Wisdom teeth pain
- Swelling and signs of infection
- Bad breath or taste in the mouth
- Knocked-out tooth
- Broken tooth
- Dental abscess (pus-filled bumps around teeth or gums)
- Dental injury or trauma
- Bleeding that persists after a procedure
- Pain or discomfort in the tooth, gums or jaw
If you or someone in your care is experiencing any of the above, make sure to get to an emergency dentist in Buderim as quickly as possible. Now, here’s what to expect during an emergency dental appointment.
When you get to the dentist, make sure to let reception know that you have arrived. Unless your dental emergency is very obvious, the clinical staff may not realise that you have arrived for emergency dental care, especially if you haven’t called in to let them know you’re on your way, if it is busy in the waiting room or if you are a new patient.
Once you’ve alerted reception about your emergency, they will be able to help you with booking you in, making sure a dentist sees you as soon as possible. This may seem like an obvious point, however, patients experiencing shock or confusion because of their emergency situation may need to be reminded.
Once you are in the dental chair, the dentist will ask you questions to get an understanding of your dental emergency. They may ask you to describe your symptoms, the cause of the condition (if it was an accident or reaction), how long you have been experiencing symptoms or the level of pain and discomfort you are experiencing. They may also ask you general questions about your health status and any medications you are taking. They will then proceed with a full dental examination to assess your condition.
Our general dentists in Buderim remain calm and patient in emergency situations and are equipped to treat a variety of conditions. So you can be assured that you are in safe hands.
It is important that you answer questions about the type of pain you are experiencing as clearly as you can. This is so that the dentist can get an understanding of your condition and prescribe the best course of action for you. If your emergency is a severe toothache, pain or discomforts your appointment will likely involve receiving pain relief.
Some emergency appointments might require follow-up appointments for surgery or no surgery at all if only temporary pain relief or minor treatment is required. If your condition does require treatment or surgery, the dentist will perform this during your appointment. Some of the most common emergency dental procedures include:
- Tooth extractions
- Wisdom tooth extractions
- Root canals treatment
- Cavity fillings
- Fixing damaged dental treatments
After-Care Instructions and Warnings
As with any regular appointment for dental treatment, the visit will conclude with after-care advice and any warnings of symptoms or side effects to look out for. It is especially important that you take note of any warnings for symptoms that may require urgent care again.
Follow up appointments
Finally, the dentist will let you know if you need to book any follow-up dental appointments for check-ups or treatments.
A lot of dental emergencies, including all of the common ones mentioned above, can be attended to by a general dentist in Buderim. Some severe situations, however, may require specialist interventions or hospitalisation. If during your emergency appointment the dentist finds that this is the case, they let you know and provide you with any necessary referrals.
Reliable Emergency Dentist in Buderim
If you are experiencing an intense toothache, discomfort or any other dental emergency, book your emergency dental appointment at Comfort Dental Buderim today. At our emergency clinic in Buderim, same-day emergency appointments are guaranteed. Call us on (07) 5370 8865 or book an appointment online.