When to Contact an Emergency Dentist?

Nobody wants to face the situations requiring urgent dental treatments, perhaps it's been a nagging pain that’s progressively become unbearable or a sudden pain or injury, but the fact is you think you may be facing an emergency! Is this urgent? What should I do? Can I find a good emergency dentist in London that can help? Read on for the answers to all these great questions. A reliable dentist will treat all these emergency situations as urgent and strive to see you as soon as possible. It is worth noting some dentists require pre-registration or prioritise patients registered with them. But what is a dental emergency? Well it can include the following cases. Please note that this is not a definitive list and you should always contact your dentist if you are unsure whether your situation is to be classed as an emergency or not. 

A chipped tooth 
If it causes severe pain, swelling or discomfort then a chipped tooth may well be classed as a dental emergency and should be addressed by your dentist. A thorough description of the pain and injury will allow the team you contact to determine whether this requires an emergency appointment or a standard visit to your dentist. 

A tooth has been lost or knocked out 
There is a difference here between losing adult teeth and a baby tooth. For example, a baby tooth should never be re-inserted and losing one may not be considered a dental emergency at all however if you are concerned over the loss of a baby tooth in your child then never shy away from ringing your dentist for confirmation. Presuming that you have lost an adult tooth or teeth, there are some steps you can take to try and rescue the lost tooth. A lost tooth can actually be reinserted if precaution and speed is used. Note the following guidance: 

Do not hold the tooth by the root, always hold it by the white crown. Remove any dirt by rinsing the tooth in cold water for a maximum of ten seconds. Try to place the tooth in its original position in the gum, very gently bite down to hold it in place and have someone contact your dentist on exactly how to proceed. If the tooth does not fit back in place then you can transport it in a glass of milk and take it with you. Saliva can be used as an alternative to milk if you need it.  Following these simple steps may allow your dentist to save your tooth: 

Pain in your face, jaw or gums 
Whatever injury you may have within your mouth, cuts, tissue damage or excessive bleeding, this is to be considered a dental emergency. Rinse your mouth thoroughly but carefully with warm water and see your emergency dentist in London as soon as possible. 

Some important question to ask yourself 
There are of course different situations that we have not covered here and variations on the ones we have. So if you are in doubt here are some helpful questions you can ask yourself; 

  • Are you experiencing severe pain? 
  • Are your gums swollen or do you have obvious signs of tissue damage inside your mouth? 
  • Have you got a loose tooth? 
  • Is your mouth bleeding excessively? 

These are some tell-tale signs of a dental emergency and require immediate attention.

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