See an Emergency Dentist at Harlestone Road Dental Practice
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If you need emergency dental treatment outside our regular practice hours, please call us – you will hear a message giving you the details for the specific arrangements for that day.
Going to the dentist for treatments and checkups is important for your oral health and ensures the health of your teeth and gums are maintained. Regular visits to the dentist will ensure that you get the treatments you need in a timely manner. There are, however, times when you may need to see the dentist immediately, even if you did not have the chance to make an appointment.
In emergency situations, going to the dentist as soon as possible may spell the difference between saving your teeth, and losing them permanently.
Emergency dentistry is crucial in cases when extreme pain and discomfort is present, and only a dentist can provide long-lasting pain relief. A visit to an emergency dentist is also necessary in situations when there is trauma to the teeth and the oral cavity, and in instances when the injury affects other parts of the mouth or face.
Common Emergency Dentistry Situations
Tooth Pain/Toothache – Severe toothache needs to be seen by a dentist immediately, so that pain relief can be given. The excruciating pain can prevent you from doing anything else, and getting the pain relief and dental treatment should be done in the soonest possible time. The severe toothache may be caused by an impacted wisdom tooth, a dental abscess, tooth decay, or when food particles get trapped in between the teeth and the gum line.
Soft Tissue Injury – Injuries that involve the lips, gums, tongue, and the soft tissues inside the mouth will need to be seen by an emergency dentist right away. These injuries may be caused by playing contact sports, or when blunt force is directed towards the mouth or facial area. Emergency dental treatment is needed to deal with bleeding (if present), and to make sure that no other complications have arisen from the injury.
Knocked-Out Tooth – A tooth may be knocked out due to sports injuries or accidents. A permanent tooth that has been knocked out can still be saved through emergency dentistry; timing is crucial because the tooth has a greater chance of survival if seen by a dentist within one hour of being knocked out.
Lost Dental Crown or Dental Filling – A lost dental crown or dental filling will need to be seen as soon as possible, because the affected tooth is exposed to the risk of infection without the protection of the lost filling or crown. The crown or filling will need to be replaced to bring back the form and function of the tooth, and also to avoid further discomfort.