Katoomba Dental Centre

Dental Emergency? When to Contact Your Dentist

February 9, 2021
Posted By: Katoomba Dental Centre

A dental emergency can mean many things, but anytime you have tooth pain, oral swelling or an injury to your mouth, we recommend contacting your Katoomba, NSW dentist. A staff member can assess your condition and make the right recommendation for you, including if you should come in right away to see the dentist.

Our Approach to Dental Emergencies in Katoomba

Our priority is to stabilise your situation and eliminate pain. Your dentist then sets to work assessing your emergency and providing treatment. Sometimes treatment can be completed on the same day. However, some treatments require two visits, like root canal therapy for a root infected tooth.

Root Infections and Other Common Dental Emergencies

A root infection means deep trauma or decay of the tooth. Symptoms may include:

  • Toothache
  • Jaw swelling and pain
  • Gum blister

Root infection is one of the more common dental emergencies requiring timely treatment. Your dentist will numb the area and extract the infected tissue from your tooth. The tooth may then be packed with a healing agent and closed with a temporary filling. You come back for a crown or tooth-coloured filling at a later date.

Other common dental emergencies include:

  • A tooth or restoration knocked out or broken
  • An injury to the soft tissues of your mouth

If you have an oral health issue that does not meet the above criteria, we still encourage you to contact our dental clinic to discuss your situation with one of our dental professionals. Even if it is not an emergency, a staff member can provide advice or arrange a checkup.

Dental Emergency? We Are Here for You

Our team works to arrange your booking as soon as possible, and we set aside time in our schedules for dental emergencies. If you have a toothache or oral health concern, we want to hear from you.

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In accordance with recent ADA recommendations, we are operating at Level 1 restrictions. We can continue seeing patients for all routine treatments, including checkups and cleans. We will continue to screen patients before seeing our dentists, and any patient that is suspected of having COVID-19 will not be able to be treated. If you have any questions, please call us.