Delivering compassionate care during dental emergencies
When you’re facing a dental emergency, it’s easy to panic. At Opal Dental, our emergency dentists serve West Auckland and the surrounding areas.
Whether you’re experiencing a significant infection or you’ve encountered dental trauma, we’re here to make things right. Before you call us, it may help to learn more about what makes an emergency so urgent.
Recognising a dental emergency
When you’re facing a dental emergency, it isn’t always easy to recognise the need to contact a dentist quickly. Some of the most common emergencies we deal with include:
Severe toothache that you can’t address using normal painkillers.
- A swelling that indicates an infection.
- A chipped or damaged tooth following an accident.
- Severe jaw or tooth pain.
- Your tooth has been knocked out.
If you’re unsure as to whether you’re facing an emergency, contact us for advice.
We have a limited number of emergency appointments
If you need an appointment and it’s an emergency, it’s frustrating to find that no slots are available via our online booking system. Instead of waiting for an appointment to become available, contact us. We reserve a limited number of slots for emergencies and we assess each patient’s need on a case-by-case basis.
Accident compensation corporation payments
Experiencing an accident that results in dental damage is an upsetting experience. At Opal Dental, we accept Accident Corporation Compensation payments. Because of this, if you’re wondering whether you can afford your payment and the damage has resulted from an accident, always explore using the ACC.
Managing an emergency at home
At Opal Dental, we don’t recommend managing an emergency entirely alone. However, we understand that there may be a gap between you calling us and attending your appointment.
Severe dental pain and suspected infections
If you’re suffering from severe dental pain, try using over the counter painkillers. You may find that Ibuprofen provides the best relief as it disrupts some of the inflammatory markers that make dental pain so pronounced. You can also apply cold ice packs wrapped in a towel to the area. However, do not use warm compresses. The warmth may cause an infection that’s present to spread further.
A tooth that’s been knocked out
If someone has knocked your tooth out, it sometimes helps to place it back into the tooth socket or in saliva, if it is clean. However, only do this upon receiving advice from one of our dentists. You may also want to place it in some milk to protect it if putting it back in your mouth isn’t an option.
If you suspect that your jaw is broken, please visit your nearest emergency department.
To find out if we have an emergency dental appointment available, call 09 834 6359.
Emergency appointments on request
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