At Ethical Dental, we take our responsibility to provide reliable dental care to our patients very seriously. Sometimes dental problems, such as an accident that damages the teeth or acute pain can happen on a weekend or holiday when your dentist wouldn’t usually be available. We are happy to provide an emergency service to our patients to give you the peace of mind that if you are in trouble and need us, we will be here for you.
Common dental emergencies include:
- Trauma and accidents
- Swelling due to infections
- Dental or maxillofacial pain
If you are affected by any of these dental emergencies, contact us immediately to schedule a priority appointment.
Note: the below information is intended as background, and guidance for understanding dental emergencies.
If the patient has suffered head or facial trauma and has lost consciousness, call an ambulance or proceed directly to Coffs Harbour Base Hospital accidental and emergency.
If the patient is experiencing jaw pain, as well as chest pain, call an ambulance or proceed directly to Coffs Harbour Base Hospital accident and emergency.
Dental trauma is broadly classified in 3 ways;
- A chip or break to a tooth that remains firmly positioned in place
- A dislocation or luxation that has altered the position or loosened the tooth
- A removal or avulsion of the whole tooth
A chipped or broken tooth that remains firmly in place;
A dislocation or luxation that has altered the position or loosened the tooth
A removal or avulsion of the whole tooth
It is recommended that in the event of dental trauma, the patient present for emergency dental assessment as soon as possible.
Serious oral, facial or neck swelling of dental origin can be potentially fatal. If the patient is having difficulty breathing then immediately call an ambulance, or present to Coffs Harbour Base Hospital accident and emergency.
Typically swelling is associated with an active infection that may be located around or under a tooth. Swelling from an oral infection is also often associated with significant pain, difficulty eating, or limited opening. Commonly swelling is associated with a broken or previously painful tooth, or a partially erupted wisdom tooth.
In most cases addressing the acute symptoms of swelling is the first priority, and this is best achieved through a prescription for antibiotics. In some cases, clinical intervention is required as the swelling must be drained. Present for an emergency dental assessment as soon as possible
Note: Antibiotics will not solve the underlying cause of the infection, so follow up will be necessary.
- Dental pain from a live tooth
- Dental pain from a dead tooth
- Dental pain caused by a sinus infection
- Musculoskeletal pain from clenching, grinding, or stress
Dental pain from a live tooth:
Dental pain from a dead tooth (no swelling):
Dental pain from a sinus infection:
Musculoskeletal pain from clenching, grinding, or stress:
If you have experienced an emergency, dental trauma, swelling, or pain click here to schedule a priority appointment with a dentist at our Coffs Harbour or Dorrigo locations, or phone us on 6652 3185.