Emergency Dentist in Brisbane
After Hours And Emergency Dentist Services in Brisbane, 7 Days A Week
No matter what dental issue you’re facing, our emergency dentist in Brisbane is at your disposal every day of the week.
MGA Dental has been offering emergency services for over 15 years. We know how to tackle and treat a wide range of dental issues and treatments, be it a simple chipped tooth or a dental trauma and facial swelling.
We are the favoured emergency dentist for Brisbane hospitals, sporting clubs and other dental surgeries in Brisbane.
Our surgery is one of the very few in Brisbane that is open seven days a week, all year around. We are also available for after-hours emergency dental services. Our clinic operates on an appointment basis, so give us a call and we will strive to suit your needs.
At MGA Dental all our dentists are experienced in dealing with dental emergencies. You can find the list of the most common dental emergencies that we encounter below.
Have a Toothache?
In case you cannot reach us, please do the following.
- Take 2 x Nurofen (ibuprofen).
- Wait for three hours and then take 2 x Panadol (paracetamol).
- Wait for three hours again and repeat the cycle. This should help ease the pain. Leave us a message and we will get back to you ASAP.
Chipped a Tooth or Lost a Filling?
Chipped or fractured teeth, or previously placed fillings which are cracked or lost, will lead to food accumulation. As this is initiating the start of dental decay, your teeth might get sensitive to cold and hot foods and drinks, as well as air. Pain while chewing is another symptom.
If untreated, often the dental pulp within the tooth will get damaged which will result in severe toothaches.
Early repair of chipped teeth and lost fillings is crucial to having a healthy and pain-free mouth.
Knocked Out Teeth
To improve the chances of the tooth being saved MGA Dental suggests doing the following
- Check the teeth by looking, use a finger if necessary.
- Try to locate any missing teeth or fragments.
- Only touch the crown of the tooth.
- Do not wash or rinse the fragment or tooth, not even with water.
- If possible, store the fragment or tooth in milk. Get to our office as soon as you can.
You can also try to slip the tooth back into its socket. In many cases, it will slip right in. If it doesn’t, don’t try to force it.
Treating Knocked Out Teeth
A simple procedure is to put the tooth back in place. The dentist will use water to flush debris out from the tooth socket. Then they will slip the tooth back into place. The tooth may be splinted to bordering teeth with plastic resin and orthodontic wire. This will keep the tooth stable so it can reattach and heal properly.
What often does not heal are the nerves and blood vessels that were severed. When this happens, the colour of your tooth may begin to darken. This usually means you will need to have a root canal treatment.
There are a variety of reasons for swellings around the mouth. Common reasons include:
- Blocked salivary glands
- Medication side-effects
- Poor nutrition
- Vitamin C deficiency
- Gum disease
- Some oral cancers
If the swelling occurs quickly and is accompanied by pain, it could be an indication of a tooth abscess.
Should You Visit the Emergency Room?
As facial swelling can also be an indication of a serious medical condition, visit the Emergency Room immediately if you experience the following:
- Swelling that visibly increases
- Discoloration of the skin
- Swelling that spreads across the face or down the neck
If you have a tooth abscess, it means that there is a pocket of pus that’s caused by a bacterial infection. The abscess can occur in various regions of the tooth for different reasons. A periapical abscess occurs at the tip of the root, whereas a periodontal abscess occurs in the gums next to a tooth root.
Abscesses are usually extremely painful and won’t heal themselves. This is why they need to be treated straight away. An untreated infection can put you at risk, as the infection can spread to the blood and other parts of the body. This causes a potentially fatal sepsis.
How Is A Tooth Abscess Treated?
Your dentist or GP can prescribe antibiotics in order to reduce the risk of the infection spreading. It is important to know that antibiotics will not cure the abscess, so this is only a temporary relief.
As the source of infection remains deep inside the tooth, it needs to be removed in order to effectively treat an abscess. There are two ways this can be done. An infected tooth can be extracted entirely, or the infection must be drained. If the infection is drained , the void inside the tooth must be cleaned and filled in to prevent further infection. This is commonly known as root canal therapy.
Often, the patient’s jaws are too small to accommodate the 32 teeth in human dentition. As a result, many patients have misaligned teeth.
This usually leads to unusual and painfully-positioned wisdom teeth. As many wisdom teeth erupt after all the other teeth have positioned themselves, problematic wisdom teeth are usually seen in patients above the age of 18.
How MGA Dental Treats Wisdom Teeth
A consultation will involve X-rays or OPG (panoramic X-ray) and examination. This allows the dentist to determine which wisdom teeth functional, and which ones need to be extracted. Often, all four wisdom teeth will need to be removed.
The procedure itself involves an incision to open the gum. Sometimes a small part of the bone may need to be removed to provide access for the wisdom teeth removal.
At the first sign of discomfort, book an appointment before complications develop. Once the complications have developed, the problem will be more difficult to solve.
Crown Came Off
Crowns may become loose if there is decay underneath them. This happens because the decay destroys part of the tooth, so it no longer has a tight hold on the crown or filling. These situations rarely require an emergency dentist.
However, once the crown is off, it can be quite painful. Your tooth tissue can be sensitive to temperature, pressure or air. In the event that you lose a crown, put it in a safe place and book an appointment to see us as soon as possible for your dental crown treatment.
You shouldn’t wait too long though. What is left of the tooth will not be as strong as your crown. The longer you wait, the greater the chance the tooth can get damaged.
Pain After Extraction (Dry Socket)
It is common to experience a “dry socket” after a tooth extraction. A common belief is that dry sockets occur when a blood clot has failed to form in the hole left after extracting the tooth. Or the blood clot that did form has been dislodged. This can interrupt the healing process as the formation of a blood clot plays an important part.
Dry sockets are mostly associated with complex tooth extractions or extractions that have been traumatic in nature. An extraction that involved the removal of bone from around a tooth in order for the dentist to access it, would be considered to be more traumatic in nature than an extraction where this step was not required.
You can reduce the chances of developing a dry socket by following your dentist’s recommendations. Dry sockets are more common in women (even more so with the ones taking oral contraceptives), people above the age of 30, and smokers.
Dry sockets manifest themselves in a form of a dull throbbing pain. This usually appears three or four days after the tooth extraction. The pain can be moderate to severe and often seems to radiate from the area of the extraction site to the ear. Dry sockets typically create a foul odor or bad taste. If you can see down into the socket, and the extraction site appears “dry,” and you can see exposed bone without pus, you’re likely to have a dry socket.
Most times a dentist will place a medicated dressing into a dry socket as a way to help soothe and moderate the pain. The dressing should be replaced every 24 hours until the symptoms subside, which can, in some cases, take several days.
Broken dentures are considered a dental emergency as they can cause a massive disruption to a denture wearer’s life. Without dentures, the patient won’t be able to speak and eat properly.
Even though dentures can withstand the pressure of the jawbone, they can break for a variety of reasons. A denture is vulnerable if you drop it onto a hard surface. It can also be damaged by heat if you’re using boiling water for cleaning.
See a dentist immediately to repair your denture breaks. We strive to have your denture repaired as soon as possible. If the damage is extensive, it might take more time to repair your dentures.
Root Canal Treatment
A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a badly decayed or infected tooth. Dentists will perform root canal procedures if they determine the nerve of the tooth is infected or the pulp is damaged. The procedure will involve the nerve and pulp removal, cleaning the inside of the tooth and sealing it.
Symptoms you might need a root canal:
- Severe pain upon chewing or application of pressure
- Prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold temperatures
- Discoloration (a darkening) of the tooth
- Swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums
- A persistent or recurring pimple on the gums
- Sometimes no symptoms are present
Alternative to a Root Canal
The root canal procedure is the treatment of choice.
An alternative is to have the tooth extracted and replaced with a bridge, implant, or removable partial denture. This will restore the chewing function and prevent adjacent teeth from shifting. These alternatives require more treatment time and additional procedures to adjacent teeth and supporting tissues.
Lip and Gum Injuries
Trauma to the lips, tongue and mouth tissue is quite common. Cuts inside the mouth tend to bleed heavily because of the rich supply of blood to the area.
If you have a cut in your mouth, rinse it with salt water. Apply a cold compress to the swollen or bruised lip. If there is bleeding, apply pressure with a clean cloth for at least 5 minutes. The ice pack will help limit the swelling, bleeding and discomfort.
You should seek medical care if:
- You can’t control bleeding with pressure and a cold compress
- You have a deep cut
- A cut crosses the border between the lip and facial skin
- The lip is punctured
- There are signs of infection
- Swelling of the neck or floor of mouth occurs
As many lip and tongue injuries occur during sports activities, it is advised that you use a mouth guard. The MGA Dental team can create a professional, custom fit mouth guard for you. Contact our office for more information.
When To Call Us! What Is A Dental Emergency?
Many times our patients are unsure if their problem is a dental emergency. Our general advice is: if you’re in pain, it’s a dental emergency! Give us a call straight away.
Even superficial and small dental injuries can affect the tissues inside the teeth. A quick treatment will improve the odds of saving injured teeth.
A sports injury with a structural damage to the tooth, even if you aren’t in much pain, is an emergency. Chips and fractures can affect the living tissue inside the tooth, which will cause you more problems in the future. Our emergency dentists in Brisbane can prevent the damage.
The same applies to lost fillings and crowns. Even if there are no symptoms, the tooth has lost its support and it could become weaker. If pieces break off or crumble, you will need more extensive treatment. Seeing the dentist right away, you’re increasing the chances for the damage to be repaired with minimal treatment.
Note that our after-hours appointments are reserved for emergencies only and will depend on staff availability. Some appointments to see an emergency dentist in Brisbane may incur a call-out fee if staff is required to return to the clinic. You will be notified of this fee when booking the appointment.
How to Find Emergency Dentist in Brisbane
Situated at 202 Pinelands Road in Sunnybank Hills, our office is easily accessible by all means of transport. Ample parking is available on Seeana Street or on the clinic’s driveway. If traveling by bus, there is a stop off just across the street. MGA Dental Brisbane has recently been refurbished as it was our very first clinic, for a refreshingly modern feel! Our dental surgeries integrate the latest technologies, including overhead LCD screens and a wide array of movies to keep you entertained while we take care of your smile.
We respect your busy lifestyle and value your time, so we operate extended hours for your convenience. Saturday and Sunday appointments are available as well as the emergency after hours service, 7 days a week including public holidays.