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RISELEY STREET DENTAL BOORAGOON
Oral Health Emergencies & Dental Care Perth
We at Riseley Street Dental Booragoon understand the importance of maintaining your oral health and being there for you when your teeth are giving you issues. Our practice mission is to make sure your teeth are in perfect condition, especially when the unexpected occurs.
Our clinic is open Monday through to Saturday, and we are ready to help you whenever you need us. We know that dental emergencies can be unpredictable and cause a lot of pain if not attended to. They can be costly and time-consuming, often causing multiple complications further down the track. For this reason, we accommodate for short notice bookings for dental services under exceptional circumstances. When visiting us at our Booragoon clinic, you will be sure to receive high-quality service from our professional and passionate dental staff. We promise to provide only the best treatment, specifically catered to everyone’s individual needs.
We are fully dedicated to improving the oral health of our loyal patients, which is why we go above and beyond to accommodate everyone’s schedules. If you are suffering with severe tooth pain or a toothache and are waiting to see a dentist, taking anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen can help to ease the pain in the meantime. If you have physically injured yourself, you may need to see a doctor before arriving to our clinic. They will be able to assess the more complex injuries such as concussion or lacerations or jaw injuries.
What problems can Riseley Street Dental Treat?
Apart from the usual procedures that our dentists treat, there are two major types of issues that our emergency dentist will treat. The first is any problem that may arise from a previous dental procedure or treatment. For instance, if you have a broken or loose crown, or a lost filling you will need to seek assistance from one of our emergency dentists immediately. The second and most common emergency treatment occurs when someone damages their tooth due to injury.
Some people may suffer from a loose, cracked or chipped tooth after being involved in an accident. Oral injuries can be frightening and extremely painful, therefore we suggest coming to see one of our qualified emergency dentists at Riseley Street Dental, for immediate assistance.
Dental emergencies can often be a traumatic experience for those involved, and we understand not all cases are able to wait for an appointment. Therefore, we offer short notice bookings for those who may need to come in right away. Some of the most common cases include tissue bleeding, severe toothache, broken tooth, wisdom teeth pain, and cosmetic fixes for broken or lost teeth.
Please note: If you have suffered from trauma to your head resulting in loss of consciousness or bleeding from the nose or ears, please contact your closest hospital immediately. If you are suffering from severe headaches, dizziness or ear aches that are not directly associated with your teeth, you should first be assessed by a doctor.
For less severe cases or dental specific circumstances, please follow these tips below:
A toothache can be described as pain in the tooth or around the jaw and has a variety of causes. Usually, this sudden pain is associated with a toothache and can vary from mild discomfort to severe pain. The pain may come in waves or be constant and can intensify over time or from eating and drinking. Therefore, it is necessary to see a dentist as soon as possible.
Toothaches are usually triggered by inflammation of the dental pulp.
Dental pulp inflammation can be caused by;
•A cracked tooth.
•Broken or loose fillings.
Other causes for a toothache that don’t involve dental pulp;
•Injury to temporomandibular joint (the “jaw joint”).
•Ulcers on gum.
•Wisdom tooth/teeth coming through.
•Wisdom tooth/teeth impacted or stuck in the gum.
The treatment of your toothache depends on an accurate diagnosis of what the cause is. To assess the cause, a quick examination will be conducted usually involving an x-ray to help confirm the diagnosis. If the pain is due to tooth decay, the decay will be removed and replaced with a filling, inlay, or crown depending on the size of the remaining cavity. If it is due to a broken or loose filling the filling will be replaced, removing any decay during the procedure to avoid further pain. Sometimes small fillings will be replaced with larger fillings, or large fillings will be replaced by ceramic inlays/onlays or crowns. If the cause of pain is in the gums, your dentist should be able to identify exactly why this is happening, treat the pain, and tell you what to do to avoid the issue happening in the future.
Finally, if the cause of the toothache is from an infected nerve, pulp or root, the tooth will require a root canal treatment. We try our best to avoid large and painful procedures and pick up on issues while they are still small. Our dentists at Riseley Street Dental will ensure a treatment that is best for you and will be delivered in the most pain-free way, with the long-lasting results.
There other multiple, but rarer, causes of toothache that can occur, which is why it’s so important to see your dentist and have an accurate diagnosis before deciding on a course of treatment. This should be discussed in full before any treatment is attempted.
Root Canal Treatment.
Damage to the Root canal can be caused by decay or injury. When decay occurs usually bacteria gets very close to, or into the pulp chamber of the tooth through a cavity. It starts with high sensitivity to cold and eventuates to aching without any trigger. Pain can occur when you’re lying down relaxing or having a warm drink. This pain can be some of the worst, most debilitating pain imaginable! The above mentioned can also occur after injury, and sometimes many years after the injury which is why it’s important to be assessed properly after any dental trauma. Cavities and decay should always be picked up on early as well – if left untreated, what could have been fixed with a simple filling may now require a root canal treatment.
Root canal treatment is an extremely safe and well-established treatment which can be used to save a tooth from being removed. There is currently nothing that can properly replace the look, feeling and function of a natural tooth – not even implants replicate having natural teeth. Infected teeth that require root canal treatment should not have their treatment delayed, as this can lead to more serious infections such as abscesses, facial swellings and bacterial septicaemia which can mean a trip to the emergency.
In terms of what to expect, root canal treatment is usually spread over 2 or more phases.
An anaesthetic will be administrated to reduce any discomfort and to make the procedure pain free. The tooth will be isolated through a procedure using a rubber dam, to help keep the area sterile and ensure zero bacteria enters the treatment area. This done the same way a surgeon works, using a green sterile cloth over the patient, leaving only a small visible operating hole.
The root canal or canals will be measure for their shape and depth. The first appointment usually involves cleaning of the canals to remove any pulp tissue or bacteria and dressing the canals with an antibacterial and/or anti-inflammatory medicament, then placing a temporary filling. The second appointment (unless the tooth is complex and requires long-term dressings) usually involves shaping the canals and filling them with a rubbery material called Gutta Percha. Any bacteria will get cleaned out from the canals before being blocked up to stop bacteria from entering again – all the while, reducing inflammation to settle the tooth before returning to its normal healthy function.
For most teeth, root canal treatments are followed by placement of a crown to prevent any breakage and seal the edges off from bacteria. After spending time performing the above treatment to save a tooth, there’s no better way to ensure that all that effort results in a tooth that stays healthy and whole for many, many years.
A chipped or broken tooth is the main cause for emergency dental attention.
If a tooth is severely broken, we advise that you do not try to put the broken piece back into or on the tooth. Rather, place the tooth into a sealable container that is clean and bring it with to your dental appointment. The piece may be used to help repair the broken tooth.
If the tooth has been chipped, one of our dentists will smooth out the rough edges and replace the missing bit with composite resin. If a molar has been broken and is now missing more than a quarter of its tooth structure, the tooth may be onlayed or crowned instead.
If the dental pulp has been damaged, a root canal treatment may be needed which your dentist will discuss during the treatment planning.
If you have a loose tooth from an accident or sports injury, please see a dentist immediately. If you can reposition the tooth into place, there is a good chance your dentist will be able to save it. Baby teeth are always due to fall out by themselves, so in these cases will often be removed.
Loose teeth can also occur as a result of gum issues. For this situation, we often treat the major presenting problem and then formulate a long-term management plan for better gum health. If gum disease is a contributor to the loose tooth, it is imperative that your overall gum health gets assessed and not just the tooth. It may increase your chances of other health issues such as heart disease.
Knocked out Teeth.
If your tooth gets knocked out, there is a good chance your dentist will be able to save it if found. Make sure you rinse the tooth under water for approximately 10 seconds. Do not rub or wipe the tooth as this can cause damage to the roots. If the tooth is been found within an hour of falling out, place it back into the socket as this gives the most chance of surviving. If you are unable to place the tooth back into the socket, store it in a glass of milk, saliva, or a moist paper towel. Do not store in plain water. All cases of a knocked-out tooth must be urgently seen by a dentist. Most will splint the tooth to the surrounding teeth for a minimum of a few weeks. If a child or baby loses a baby tooth, do not place it back into the socket.
Fractures can range from minor to severe depending on where the fracture occurs. If you experience sharp pain when eating or drinking, this could indicate that a fracture has occurred. Dentists can easily fix this with a filling, crown or root canal (for more serious cases). Please keep in mind, fractures are unpredictable and can vary greatly in terms of the appropriate treatment. Some fractures may result in loss of the tooth. Usually test and X-ray’s will determine the extent of the fracture and indicate what treatment is required. Often the only way to truly see how deep a fracture goes is to anaesthetise the tooth and allow the dentist to investigate it with a dental handpiece. Serious fractures that expose the dentine and pulp of the tooth need to be treated immediately.
Wisdom Teeth .
Due to the location of the wisdom teeth, when it begins to push through the gum it may be prevented from coming into its proper place by other surrounding teeth. This can result in the positioning of the wisdom teeth being partially or completely under the gum line. This can lead to persistent infection or alignment problems with other teeth adjacent to the wisdom tooth. In some situations, by leaving a “pain free” wisdom tooth in the gum, patients have had major issues with the adjacent (otherwise perfectly healthy) molar and ended up losing two teeth rather than just one. Other problems can also arise such as cysts, resulting in severe loss of and/or weakening of the jaw bone surrounding the wisdom tooth. Therefore, it is important to have an X Ray to supplement the clinical findings of a wisdom tooth when determining whether removal is urgent or even necessary.
Our Riseley Street professional dentists can perform emergency wisdom tooth extraction if required; however, one of our dentists will discuss the best treatment plan depending on your situation. Guidelines for the removal of your wisdom tooth/teeth and the post-operative recovery period will be brought up and explained to you prior to the procedure.
Losing a tooth can be detrimental to the rest of the surrounding teeth and it is important to seek help right away. If a tooth has fallen out and you have it, the sooner the tooth can be replaced the more natural the look and feel of the gum surrounding the replacement tooth will be.
If the tooth is lost, it can be replaced by one of our Riseley Street Dentists using several different dental prostheses. Depending on your case, your dentist will use a partial denture. This is a removable device that clips onto the teeth around it with metal clasps. This is a good method to replace multiple missing teeth or even just as a temporary method. Alternatively, a dental bridge will be used, and a ceramic tooth is inserted supported by crowns on the two adjacent teeth to the gap. This is a permanent method of replacing one or two lost teeth but is performed less and less these days due to the rising popularity and effectiveness of single tooth dental implants. Finally, dental implants can be used to support single or multiple teeth, secured into the jawbone by titanium screws. Titanium has been the most stable method of supporting dental prostheses in the bone, with teeth supported by titanium being the closest thing to replicating a natural tooth (which would otherwise have its natural root embedded in jawbone). Dental implants are simple but require time for your body to integrate. Often the procedure will be done over 2 or 3 stages with the majority being completed within 6 months of initial surgery.
Broken dentures can affect everyday life activities from eating through to talking. That is why it is extremely important to know what to do when your dentures break. Our Booragoon dentistry is available to help when unfortunate things such as broken dentures occur. Dentures are durable and can withstand extreme jaw strength, but sometimes they may break depending on the material used and the way they are used. The most common form of breakage is due to the denture being dropped onto hard floor, or through heat damage. During usual working hours our emergency denture repair clinic can fix your dentures within the day. However, if a repair is needed during after hours, please contact us to book an emergency appointment.
At our Booragoon Clinic, we welcome all Health Funds, and can perform on the spot claims.