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What is a Dental Emergency?

7th January 2022
1000 667 GreenTornado

Anyone who has suffered from severe dental pain will understand the need for emergency dental work. But what constitutes a dental emergency? Here we look at what is considered a dental emergency and how you should deal with it.

Dental Emergency

For an issue to be considered a dental emergency, the patient will be enduring pain and symptoms that negatively affect their life. A dental emergency will require urgent dental care. If this is the case, and you do indeed have a dental emergency, you should seek specialist dental treatment as soon as possible. Contact a dental specialist or the 111 service if it is out of hours. An assessment and professional opinion on the treatment you require should be prioritised.

Examples of dental emergencies

  • Trauma to the facial bones or teeth, for example, a fractured jawline
  • Persistent bleeding
  • Abscesses
  • Extreme tooth pain due to a suspected infection or break
  • Lost crown or filling
  • Severe injuries to the gums

How are Dental Emergencies Dealt With?

It will depend on your condition, health and situation. You may be prescribed antibiotics to deal with an infection before dental treatment. Some dental emergencies will be dealt with by out of hours dentist services. Other treatments may require a trip to the hospital.

The first thing to do if you feel you are experiencing a dental emergency is to check your symptoms. If there is no way you can wait for an appointment and you are in severe pain, distress or a life-threatening condition, you must seek help immediately.

If you ignore a dental emergency, it will likely lead to a more severe condition that can be life-threatening in some cases. If not treated, a severe dental infection or an untreated abscess can lead to fatality. Signs of these conditions include swelling in the gums and face and bleeding from the mouth.

Consult a dental specialist, such as Blythe Road, if you have persisting dental infections or dental emergencies. Correct oral hygiene is paramount in preventing issues from occurring, and knowing the signs to look for and how to react to them is essential.

If you would like to find out further information about the dental treatments and procedures we offer, contact Blythe Road on 0207 6025089.