Dental Emergencies

Are you in Pain?

Very persistent toothache is always a sign that you need to see a dentist as soon as practicable. At the same time you can try to obtain relief by rinsing the mouth with water and trying to clean out debris from any obvious cavities. Use dental floss to remove any food that might be trapped within the cavity (especially between the teeth). If swelling is present, place a cold compress to the outside of the cheek. Do not use heat packs.Take pain relief if necessary, using pain medicines that you know you are safe with. Remember, no pain relief tablets will work directly on the tooth(So dont rub crushed tablets (Aspirin) along the gum margins as this can cause chemical burns). If pain persists, please call (07) 4671 1097 immediately. 

In case of an object wedged between the teeth

Try to remove the object with dental floss. Guide the floss in carefully so as not to cut the gums. If unsuccessful, call (07) 4671 -1097.

In case of Bitten Tongue or lip

Apply direct pressure to bleeding area with a clean cloth. If swelling is present, apply cold compress. If bleeding doesn’t stop readily or the bite is severe, walk in 153 Marshall street Goondiwindi or go to hospital.

What should I do in case of broken tooth

Try to clean debris from the injured area with warm water. If caused by a blow, place a cold compress on the face next to the injured tooth to minimize swelling. Try to find all the bits that are missing and bring them to the dentist, keeping them moist. Some broken bits can be bonded back onto the teeth almost invisibly. Go to the dentist as soon as possible. At Sparkling White Dental we are always there to help you.

In case of Knocked Tooth

If dirty, rinse tooth in milk holding it by the crown (not roots). If not available use water (few seconds only) or have patient suck it clean, then put the tooth back in the socket. If the tooth cannot be replanted, wrap in Glad Wrap or place it in milk or in the patient’s mouth inside the cheek. Go to a dentist within 30 minutes if you can. Time is critical for successful replanting. You can call (07) 4671 1097 without any hesitation.

Problem caused by braces or retainers

If a wire is causing irritation, cover the end of the wire with a small cotton ball or a piece of gauze or soft wax. If a wire is embedded in the cheek, tongue or gum tissue, Do not attempt to remove it: Let the dentist do it. If there is a loose or broken appliance, Go to your dentist. At Sparkling White Dental our skilled staff can guide and help you.

If I feel anxious about dental treatment?

If you feel like this, you are not alone.The best way to overcome your fears and phobias is to discuss your concerns with your dentist prior to the treatment. Because of latest dental technologies and education the dentists are skilled enough to deal with these kinds of issues. When you feel listened to, you will feel relaxed, so you must express all your concerns and fears to the dentist and staff. Sometimes it is just the past bad memories and you can discuss it with Dr. Bik Sandhu at Sparkling White Dental. If you want to bring in your own music which relaxes you, you can bring it in during the treatment procedures. At Sparkling White Dental you will feel happy and have positive outcome. 

What is Dental Fee?

Dental fee is the cost of treating your teeth in a hygienic and comfortable environment by the qualified, trained and skilled professionals. The fees also represent the cost of up to date equipment, quality dental materials, staff, laboratory fee, infection control procedures, premises, utilities and furnishings. The complexity of the dental procedures running, time taken to complete the procedures and cost involved in running a practice determine the fees.

Is there a recommended dental fee scale?

No, there is no recommended fee for any dental treatment. A dentist charges what he or she thinks is appropriate for the service they provide, taking into account all their costs and the particular conditions and circumstances of each treatment. At Sparkling White Dental we provide cost effective treatments.

Why should I get a dental check up?

• To detect the dental problems at early stage, as the problems at early stage are easily treatable. At early stage restoration of the natural teeth is possible.

• To maintain good oral health, your dentist can guide you how to maintain the good oral health.

• To have a bright smile and stain free teeth.Regular dental check ups means better teeth, better chewing and better health.

• To prevent bad breath.

• To help and maintain good physical health. Many studies have proved that bugs in our mouth cause gum disease and infections which may be the reason for serious health issues like heart attacks and strokes.

• To prevent oral cancer. If you are going for regular cleaning, dentists can screen it on early stages.

Why is my mouth dry?

The reason for dry mouth can be stress, intake of medications and sometimes genetic factors.But some people have it far more often. If you’re one of those people with frequent dry mouth, it’s not something you should ignore. That’s because saliva is one is one of your body’s natural defenses against disease-causing germs. Dry mouth raises the risk of Gingivitis, Oral infections, Thrush and tooth decay. Dry mouth makes it hard to wear a denture. If you are having the problem of dry mouth contact Sparkling White Dental.

What is Dental Caries and how it can be treated?

Dental caries, or dental decay, is a common disease, which causes cavities and discolouration of both permanent and “baby” teeth. As the disease progresses in a tooth it becomes weaker and its nerve may be damaged.

Early dental caries is reversible. Mineral can be deposited back onto the tooth surface if you can modify your diet and oral hygiene. Your dentist can treat early areas of caries with topical fluoride, and if you are careful with your diet and cleaning no other treatment may be required. A more advanced area of dental caries will require a “filling”. Your dentist will remove the damaged and infected soft tooth structure and repair the tooth. It is important to have this done as early as possible to preserve the strength of the tooth and prevent bacteria damaging the tooth pulp. It is very important to listen to your dentist’s advice on how to eliminate the cause of your caries. Don’t think that just fixing a cavity will stop the disease from occurring in other areas of the mouth.

Will diabetes affect my oral health?

Studies have proven than oral health and diabetes are interrelated. Diabetic patients are more significantly more likely to develop gum diseases and at the same time advance gum diseases have adverse effect on the blood sugar level. So good oral health care is must in diabetes. If you have any issues with your blood sugar level, please let your dentist know.

Can I go for Dental Treatment if I am Pregnant?

If needed dental treatments can be carried out in the pregnancy, the best time to go for the dental treatments is after first trimester. In pregnancy rise in hormonal level cause the gums to swell, to bleed and trapped food particles may cause irritation in the gums. Studies have proven that oral infections may cause preterm birth. So, preventive cleaning and oral examination is must in pregnancy. If cavity filling and crown work is needed it can be done. The ideal time for dental treatment is second trimester. If you are having any oral health issues during pregnancy please consult your dentist. In some cases or complications your dentist may consult your GP for proper treatment planning.

How smoking affects your oral and general health?

Yes, smoking affects the oral and general health of a person. Smoking causes staining of the teeth. It has a profound effect on the saliva, resulting in thicker mucous form of saliva. There is a reduction in the  acid buffering capacity of their saliva. Smoking causes damage to gums and mucosa(lining of the mouth) and result in many periodontal diseases, chances of which are six times more than the people who do not smoke. Even teeth become less stable.Because of the nicotine affect, the smokers are having tooth decay even when they are brushing well. Attend your dentist for regular check ups to check the damage caused by smoking and for prevention and treatment of oral health issues.

Why Dentists recommended Fluoride toothpaste?

Dentists strongly recommend fluoride toothpastes to reduce tooth decay, and water fluoridation provides an additional benefit.

Are there any adverse health effects associated with water fluoridation?

Systematic reviews conducted in Australia and overseas consistently report that scientific evidence does not support an association between water fluoridation and any adverse health effect.

Water fluoridation will result in a slight increase in the incidence of dental fluorosis, seen as a slight mottling or flecking of tooth enamel. If it occurs, fluorosis is usually very mild, only detectable by a dentist, and does not damage the teeth. Tooth decay on the other hand is a destructive and disfiguring process, repair of which causes it’s own cosmetic problems, as well as pain, trauma, and significant financial cost. The benefits of fluoridation far outweigh any risks.