If you have ever experienced dental pain, you’ll know how quickly you want to get into the dentist to sort help fix the issue. In our latest post, we discuss what constitutes a dental emergency to help you decipher when you need to visit the dentist quickly.
Dentists often leave space for emergency appointments and in some cases, stay later than usual or work through their lunch break to see patients that have a dental emergency. If you are experiencing any of the following issues, you may need to speak to your dentist right away:
If you have been hit in the mouth
Swelling in the mouth or facial area
bulges, swelling or knots on your gums
It is important to note that these aren’t the only times you may need a dental emergency appointment and if you are concerned about your symptoms you should ring your dentist to obtain advice on whether you need to come in straight away.
Avoiding a Dental Emergency
Whilst you may not always be able to avoid an emergency dental appointment, keeping up to date with your checkups will significantly reduce the chances that you will experience a dental emergency. Routine dental check-ups will pick up on any issues or potential issues that could occur in the future, meaning your dentist can use treatment to prevent these problems, rather than attempting to cure them after they have occurred.
Further to this, if you play sports, wearing a properly fitted mouth guard will help to prevent your teeth from being chipped, or completely knocked out.
If you are going away from home for an extended period of time, visiting your dentist before you leave should be on your checklist of things to do. Your dentist will be able to check for decay that is near the nerve of the tooth that could end up causing you pain or develop into an abscess.
Our Emergency Appointments
Here at Love-Teeth Dental Practice, we offer an out of hours emergency dental care service, giving you the peace of mind that should you need us, we are there. For out of hours emergencies, call 07399 493788.