Here at Dental Art, we know dental emergencies can be extremely uncomfortable and upsetting, but please don’t worry as we are here to help you. If you experience any dental problems, get in touch with us straightaway. The most common dental emergencies are toothache, due to having a cracked tooth or a tooth infection, or knocking out a tooth.
How Soon Can I See a Dentist for my Dental Emergency?
Our friendly and caring dental team can offer advice over the phone and will book you an emergency appointment. We always try to see anyone in pain as soon as possible, normally within a day. This initial visit allows us to diagnose the problem and to provide treatment to relieve pain or discomfort. Restorative treatment is given at a follow-up appointment.
Tooth pain is often due to a tooth infection. If you have a cracked tooth, a cavity or a leaky filling, bacteria can get into the tooth, causing an infection in pulp right in the centre of the tooth. The pulp contains all the nerves, which is why it hurts! You may also notice the gum around the tooth is red and puffy, or that you have a persistently nasty taste or bad breath.
Treating a Tooth Infection with Root Canal Therapy
A tooth infection will generally need root canal treatment. There is no need to worry, as this shouldn’t feel any worse than a filling and afterwards your tooth will be much more comfortable. The tooth is then fully restored with a crown that will protect and preserve it. It is a great way to save an infected tooth as otherwise we would have to remove it. Extracting a tooth is always the last resort here at Dental Art, as we will do everything possible to save your natural teeth.
What to Do if You Knock Out a Tooth
Sometimes a knocked out tooth can be successfully re-implanted, but only within the first half an hour to an hour. Rinse off the tooth and either try to reinsert it yourself (you must still come and see us), or store it in a container with a little milk, plain water or saliva and come to our dental practice straightaway. If your child knocks out a milk tooth, please don’t try to reinsert it as you could damage the adult tooth underneath.
When to Seek Immediate Dental or Medical Care
If your toothache is causing facial swelling, a fever or is making you feel unwell, seek immediate dental or medical care. A very bad tooth infection can cause a dental abscess that may affect your general health, so please don’t ignore it.
Whatever your dental emergency, please contact Dental Art. We will provide gentle and compassionate dental care to restore your dental health and your smile.
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