Phone: 9713 1760

7 Garfield Street, Five Dock

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Emergencies / Removing Dental Disease

Root Canal Therapy

This treatment is usually performed to save a tooth that has been heavily damaged by decay or trauma. Without it the disease process destroys the rest of the tooth resulting in pain and eventually loss of the tooth. Even though by the time a tooth needs root canal therapy it has had significant trauma, it is still better to maintain the real tooth than try to fill the space with an artificial tooth or having nothing at all.

Root canal therapy, also called Endodontics is treatment of the nerve/pulp area inside a tooth. When you’ve had a large cavity in a tooth or had a tooth that has been heavily restored, the chances of the nerve/ pulp inside the tooth becoming irritated is high. As the irritation continues it constricts blood flow to the tooth and the pulp dies. When this happens the tooth can become infected. Root canal therapy removes the infected tissue and the area is then filled to prevent new infection.
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Periodontal Disease Treatment

Also known as gum disease. What many people don’t realise that untreated this can cause the loss of multiple teeth. It starts as a low grade infection of the gum around the teeth caused by the build up of plaque, and without adequate at home brushing and flossing this process starts to penetrate deeper around the tooth underneath the gum and this is the point where destruction of the bone holding the teeth in place starts to begin.
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Wisdom Teeth Management

These are the teeth that grow right at the back of your mouth, usually between the ages of 16-25. There is often not enough room for these teeth to erupt into the mouth properly and they can cause many problems because of this. Problems include localised and more general facial pain, infection in the gum and bone, cysts and damage to neighbouring teeth.
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Trauma, Broken or Knocked Out Teeth

Out of any dental emergency, a knocked out tooth is the one that needs immediate treatment. If your child has knocked out a baby tooth this does not need to be put back in place as this could damage the permanent tooth underneath. If a permanent/ adult tooth is knocked out it is important that it is placed back into the tooth socket as soon as possible. After about 30 minutes the chance of saving the tooth becomes very low.

If a permanent tooth is knocked out only handle by the part of the tooth that you normally see. If the tooth is clean (no dirt and gravel stuck to it) and you are confident enough, the best course of action is to place the tooth back into the socket with light pressure straight away and see a dentist or medical emergency room straight away.

If you are unsure what to do or the root of the tooth is dirty, gently rinse the tooth with saline or milk. NEVER USE tap water as this kills off the live tissue on the root. After this store the tooth either by placing it back in the socket and apply light pressure to stabilise or store the tooth in milk. Again see a dentist or emergency room straight away.
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In an Emergency

During Business hours Monday to Saturday please call 9713 1760. If you have an emergency we will undertake to fit you in as soon as possible.

Outside of these hours please send us an email to reception@vividdental.com.au and we will call or email you back by 9am the next day.

If you experience severe trauma or extreme facial swelling please visit your closest emergency department straight away.

 

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