What do you do in a dental emergency?

Woman feeling a sudden tooth painIt is easy to forget about our teeth when there are no problems, but if you have lost or damaged a tooth, are in severe pain, or experiencing excessive bleeding then you need help from an emergency dentist fast. You can contact your regular dentist or, if you are not registered with one, the NHS has guidance on how to access care out of normal hours. It is important to see a dentist quickly as it can reduce the risk of infection, increase the success of any procedure you have, avoid complications in the future and safeguard your overall oral health.

Comprehensive care

The dentist you go to for emergency care will offer a full range of services dealing with toothache and abscesses, trauma, damaged crowns, chipped teeth and facial swelling. When you attend your emergency dental appointment, the first step will be a full examination of the injured area, using x-rays if necessary. You will be offered an anaesthetic to minimise your discomfort if the site is very painful. Controlling infection is vital so the injured area is sterilised before starting work. A damaged tooth can usually be restored temporarily or permanently but if you do need an extraction, you will be advised on implant techniques to replace it. Polwarth Dental Clinic in Edinburgh guarantees to see you on the day you call and also ensure that you leave their clinic pain-free for a top fee of £70.

Missing teeth

Sometimes a tooth is knocked out and in these circumstances, it is particularly important to seek help as soon as possible. While you are waiting to see your dentist, there is a protocol you can follow to increase your chances of a full restoration. Try to keep the tooth clean but avoid handling it as much as possible. Keeping the tooth in place in the jaw or holding it in your cheek and seeing your dentist within 30 minutes to an hour maximises the chances of it being successfully re-implanted. With all treatments, fast response is important so ring for an appointment as soon as possible.