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Dental Emergency Brisbane
If you’re in need of an emergency dentist on northside Brisbane, we’ll treat you within 24 hours of next working day.
Common Causes of Dental Pain
The most common cause of dental pain is bacterial attack to the nerve inside the centre of the tooth. This can be caused by untreated tooth decay, trauma, cracked or broken teeth, or gum infections.
This pain is often described as “excruciating” during the late stages of infection and can come quickly without warning.
While over-the-counter pain relief can help in the early stages of tooth ache, once the tooth becomes “reactive to hot and relieved by cold” pain relief can only be achieved by a dentist providing treatment or intervention.
Facial swelling and difficulties with achieving anaesthesia can occur if an infection goes untreated for too long, so call us as early as possible.
Pain originating from the gum is usually caused by either a gum infection or food trapped between teeth. Pain of this origin tends to be less aggressive and can sometimes be relieved by things like flossing or gargling with mouthwash (as it dislodges the food trapping or reduces bacterial levels in the gum). However, until the infection causing bacteria is fully removed from the gum, the pain will return or persist. Common signs which accompany this type of pain are bleeding gums whilst brushing and flossing or bad breath.
Pain from oral soft tissue such as the cheek, lip or the tongue is commonly caused by trauma. Facial injuries, biting, chemical irritation or burns (e.g., hot coffee or tea) frequently cause sore tissues. Ulcers and other viral infections can also create soft tissue irritation, which can be very painful.
This type of pain is usually described as short/sharp and only on contact.
Unfortunately, some nasty soft tissue growths like oral cancers can mimic ulcers and other sores, so soft tissue injuries that do not heal within 10 days should always be examined by a dentist.
Pain relief for soft tissues is usually achieved by avoiding the area, or using a topical gel to provide temporary relief e.g. Oracort, Bonjela.
Emergency Tooth Pain Relief
Getting you out of pain fast - Call us for Dental Emergencies.
At Grange Family Dental, we will always attend to people who are in pain ASAP. We reserve limited dental emergency appointments each day, and aim to treat you within 24 hours of the next working day of receiving your call.
Emergency dental services should only be performed by experts in the field and here at Grange Family Dental, we offer flexible hours so that we can make your dental wellbeing our priority.
Pain originating from the tooth/bone is usually caused by bacterial attack to the nerve which sits inside the centre of the tooth. This pain is often described as “excruciating” during the late stages of infection, and can come quickly without warning.Depending on the progression of the infection, this pain may be subdued by Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatories (Nurofen, Brufen) at its early stages. However, once the tooth becomes “reactive to hot and relieved by cold”, contact a dentist immediately. By this stage, the pain is capable of waking one from their sleep and oral pain relief tablets generally will not work.At this stage, the only effective pain relief is to remove the nerve from within the tooth and drain the infection directly. Alternatively, the tooth can be removed as well. Facial swelling and difficulties with achieving anaesthesia can occur as a result of leaving the infection untreated for too long. Regular check-ups can help avoid situations such as this.
Pain originating from the gum is usually caused by either a gum infection or food trapped between teeth with poor contact. Pain of this origin tends to be less aggressive and relieved by things like gargling with mouthwash (as it usually dislodges the food trapping/reduce bacterial count in the gum). However, until the bacterial is fully removed from the gum, the pain will persist. Common signs which accompany this type of pain are bleeding gums whilst brushing and flossing or bad breath.
Pain from oral soft tissue such as the cheek, lip or the tongue is most commonly caused by some kind of trauma. The trauma can range from a direct bite all the way down or chemical (e.g. hot coffee or tea). This type of pain is usually of a much lower grade and is described as short/sharp and only on contact.The hall mark of this type of pain is that is should normally resolve itself in 1-2 weeks as the area heals over time. Pain relief is usually by simply avoiding the area although it is possible to get a topical gel to provide temporary relief to the area for a short period of time e.g. Oracort, Bonjela.
At Grange Family Dental, we will always attend to people who are in pain ASAP. This means from the moment we receive your call, we will usually attend to you either on the same day or at least within 1 working day. So please call us on (07) 33560166 or go to our Why Choose Us section to read more about how our toothache policy works.
Our family-friendly dentists and highly trained team are always pleasant and have your best interests in mind. Complete with state-of-the-art equipment and the latest technology, our facility is more than prepared to deal with any dental problem.
For your convenience and thanks to our extensive experience, we offer a wide range of dental services and can accommodate almost any procedure in-house. We’ll be happy to assist you with any general, cosmetic, or emergency dental needs.
A dental emergency arises when you have any dental problem that requires immediate attention. This may include treatment to stop bleeding, treatment to alleviate severe pain or save a tooth that’s been knocked out or come loose.
Common dental emergencies include:
If you are experiencing any of these, you should call us on (07) 3356 0166 straight away
First and foremost, call us immediately on (07) 33560166 and state clearly that a tooth has been knocked loose. We will do our best to attend to you immediately, or on the day of the accident as sometimes this can help avoid long term complications.
If a baby tooth is lost, we would generally advise not to place the tooth back in the child’s mouth but still to bring it in so we can be sure no fragments of the tooth are lodged in the soft tissue. If you are unsure whether the tooth is a baby or adult tooth, bring it to us in a clean container or plastic bag. Do not wash the tooth.
For an adult tooth that has been loosened, moved, or “knocked out”, it is essential you call us immediately. In this instance, time is essential to the long-term survival of the tooth.
If the tooth is completely knocked out, do not rinse the tooth in water. Preferably the tooth should be stored in a clean container or plastic bag, soaked in saliva, saline, or even milk. If in doubt do not clean the tooth and simply place it in the bag.
Avoid touching the surface as much as possible but do try to remove any visible dirt on the tooth. If there are no containers, and you are comfortable to do so, place the tooth back in the mouth and carry it under the tongue, being careful not to swallow it accidentally until you reach the surgery.
We may be able to reposition the tooth in its socket and stabilise it for the short term. We can then discuss treatment options, and what can be expected in the future.