Tamworth Emergency Dentist
If you are in pain, we will see you today!
Marius St Family Dental reserve daily emergency dental appointments. We service Tamworth as well as the surrounding districts. We understand how awful a dental toothache is, so call our team on 02 6766 1766 to be assessed straight away. We always welcome new patients to our clinic. Click below to fill out our toothache form to give us more information so we can relieve your dental pain.
Scan this code to fill out our toothache form so a dentist can assess your symptoms
What to do if you have dental pain
1. There are several types of dental emergencies. To get you the right emergency dental appointment, we need to assess you whether you have a true toothache, a dental abscess or another type of urgent dental problem. Have a read below to see where you fit and click on the text to read more about what you should do. Gather as much information as possible to relay to our team, it makes proving you the right type of urgent dental care as smooth as possible.
2. Get a list of all of your medications and details about any medical conditions you have.
3. Try your best to stay hydrated and keep your blood sugar levels up, often dental pain means you aren't eating properly and your body struggles to deal with the stress.
4. We are here to help so don't hesitate to get some advice off our team
- Your facial swelling extends above the cheekbone or below your jaw line (your throat is swelling)
- You have a high fever, feel sick or have vomited
- You have any difficulty breathing, your eye is swelling or your throat feels tight
Go straight to the emergency ward at the hospital to receive IV antibiotics.
We will also need to see you to remove the tooth, however controlling the spreading infection is a must. There are a lot of very important structures around, and a spreading dental infection can very rapidly become a serious medical issue, or even fatal.
Otherwise: give us a call straight away so we can arrange for you to be seen on this day. We set aside emergency appointments every day to make sure we can see you. We will assess what needs to be done and if you need antibiotics. There’s a saying in dentistry: “Never let the sun set on a swelling”.
Facial swellings often mean severe dental infection, which usually requires the tooth to be taken out. Make sure you try to eat and keep hydrated. Take two over-the-counter pain killers before your appointment so you have something in your system for when our numbing wears off.
Call us straight away on 02 6766 1766 if you have the above. Do not delay as these issues only get worse. If it is outside of working hours, you can leave a message on our answering machine or message us on Facebook. You can also contact Tamworth Base Hospital to see if there is an on-call dentist.
Toothache or Dental Nerve Pain
Painful dental toothache means there is something wrong that needs attention. A true toothache means the nerve inside the tooth is dying or there is an abscess under the tooth. The most common cause of this is because of decay and the bacterial toxins being released near the nerve space.
Please fill out this form below and a dentist can assess as soon as possible to make sure that we can give you the best advice.
Antibiotics and Medications to help toothache?
Cloves and pain relief can help with your symptoms but the infection will still continue to worsen as spread. Many patients ask if antibiotics will help - yes they often will... but they are really only a band-aid if you do not remove the source of infection. The therapeutic guidelines are to remove the source of infection and treat with antibiotics AS WELL only if necessary (eg the infection has spread to the lymph nodes as well, and is no longer localised to the tooth).
Remember that treating a toothache with antibiotics takes a big toll on your digestive health, and often kills a lot of your good bacteria! Please discuss with us
Toothaches can very quickly lead to spreading infection, which is very serious and can be fatal. This is even more urgent if you have any existing medical conditions –particularly, heart issues, transplant, diabetes, low immune system.
As we mentioned on our main page, if you are suffering from a severe toothache, give us a call and we will see you today! We reserve daily dental emergency appointments for those who are really suffering - it is first in best dressed, but please don't take advantage of this and lie about your symptoms as it often means that the dentist is coming in on their day off, sacrificing some of their lunch or working overtime.
When can you treat a toothache yourself and when do you need to see us, your dentist?
Of course, we get asked "when can I treat dental pain myself" or "is there anything I can do at home to relieve a toothache". Yes, clove oil and salty water rinses can often help. Cold should help a true toothache caused by infection. If it is dental sensitivity causing the toothache, avoid cold and sweet things! Laying back also generally makes toothaches worse. However, remember if there is infection then it will be spreading and the toxins will be affecting your general health - especially your heart health! To be on the safe side, fill out our assessment form above and the receptionist can discuss your individual situation with a dentist and let you know our thoughts!
The tooth hurt for a few days and then stopped - do I still need to see the dentist?
This is a very common situation where the nerve inside the tooth has finished dying (generally takes a few days) and now has stopped sending pain signals. The relief from pain is generally very temporary though - 1-2 weeks is the average time to then progress to abscess after this.
If a tooth is knocked out, chipped or cracked, remain calm, call an emergency dentist, locate the tooth or fragments as quickly as possible and the get to the dentist within 30-60 minutes.
- Don’t hold the tooth by the root
- Don't scrub or rub the root surface
- Don't let the tooth dry out ( store in milk, or ideally in the mouth. If an adult tooth is completely knocked out, its ok to put it back in the socket)
- Don't store the tooth in water - it will kill the cells
- If dirty, do not wash the tooth with water, do not put back in - just place in saliva/milk and we will clean it
- Never wrap a dislodged tooth in tissue or cloth
Knocked Adult Tooth
Have you fallen over and hit your tooth?
The treatment changes depending on if it is a baby tooth (primary tooth) or adult tooth (permanent), and what sort of trauma occurred. Never put baby teeth back in or try to reposition them as you may damage the adult tooth which is growing underneath it.
The following applies for adult teeth only:
- Knocked a tooth out: Ouch! Try and stay calm. The faster it gets put in, the better
- If it has touched the ground, hold it by the crown of the tooth and rinse it as best you can with room temperature milk or solution from the chemist. Do not use plain water as it kills the cells. Do not scrub it. Alternatively, store in milk or in the cheek and bring to us to clean
- Put it back in! The best place for the tooth to stay alive is in the socket itself. This may sound silly, but make sure it’s the right way (we’ve seen teeth put in backwards before). Otherwise, you can store it in your cheek (don’t swallow it) or in a glass of room temperature milk
- Come to us straight away. Don’t worry about making an appointment, the clock is ticking, so we will see you right away. If after-hours, call us on the after-hours line
- Trauma to a tooth where its position of the tooth has changed, your bite has changed or the gum around the tooth is bleeding: call for an urgent appointment as we need to assess how much damage has been done and the appropriate treatment
- Tooth fracture: This depends on how large the fracture is. If it is just superficial and a little bit sensitive, it is not urgent. If it was a very hard hit or the tooth is now wobbly, we need to assess for bone fracture and other damage. If the tooth is bleeding out of the fracture, this is also an emergency and you need to be seen asap
Note: if you still have the fractured bit of tooth, bring it in! Nothing matches your tooth as well as the tooth itself!
Knocked Baby Tooth
Step 1 - Do not put the tooth back in. If it has moved from the original position, do not push it back! There is an adult tooth growing underneath the baby tooth and we do not want to bump it.
Step 2 - Store the baby tooth in milk or saliva
Step 3 - Head to the dentist
- Salty water rinses to keep the site clean
- Soft foods until the gums and tissues have healed
- The baby tooth may turn dark - this is okay, it is just bleeding inside the tooth
- Watch for a bubble or pimple forming above the tooth, this means there is an abscess - give us a call as we need to recheck the tooth as the baby tooth has died.
Has your dental crown fallen out?
Snapped Denture? Has a tooth fallen off your denture?
- If your denture has broken in half, a tooth has fallen off your denture or there is a crack in the denture... Please try to resist fixing it yourself! It makes our life a lot harder and often costs you more as we have to cut off the areas touched by conventional glue. Super-glue actually dissolves the acrylic of the denture.
- Make sure you keep all pieces of the denture safe, bring them all in together.
- Don't use the denture any more to avoid further breakage.
- Bring in any old dentures you have had as well.
- Contact us so we can organise a repair. If the fracture is very simple, we may be able to repair it in the day for you. However, bear in mind that if it is complicate, we will need to take the denture and send it away to be repaired so expect a turnover time.
Chipped Front tooth, lost front tooth, lost filling in front tooth
If it is a large piece that fits back on perfectly, you can bring this with you, it is possible to bond it on if it is healthy tooth structure.
If it is sensitive, rub some toothpaste on the area. Avoid cold and sweet things.
It is important to let the receptionist know is you have any symptoms such as sensitivity to cold, hot, or ache.
If you have a mouthguard, bleaching tray or clear retainer, bring this in as well so we can see what the tooth looked like prior or use this as a mould.