A dental emergency can be caused by an accident that has damaged a tooth or teeth. Teeth may have been cracked, broken or knocked out by an impact e.g. a sporting injury, or, in some instances a tooth may have been damaged by biting down on a hard piece of food.
Minor chips or cracks may not need to be seen urgently but if there is a severe crack, a large piece of tooth is missing or a tooth has been knocked out, you should contact the practice as soon as possible. Even minor tooth damage should be addressed quickly to prevent a more major problem developing in the future.
If a tooth is knocked out, try and handle the tooth as little as possible; gently rinse the tooth to remove any dirt. If it is possible, place the tooth back in the socket, biting on wet gauze to help hold the tooth in place. Take great care not to swallow the tooth! Alternatively store the tooth in a small container of either milk or your own saliva. Contact the practice and we will see you as soon as possible.
In many instances a dental emergency may not be caused by a trauma but instead be due to constant severe tooth pain. You may find you are having disturbed sleep and you are requiring regular pain killers. In these cases you may have a dental abscess and should contact the practice to arrange an appointment as soon as possible.
Our emergency treatments include:
- Treatment for pain
- Fractured teeth
- Lost crowns or veneers - With the latest Cerec machine in house, new definitive crowns and veneers can be machined and fitted in 2hrs without the need for temporaries.
- Crown or bridge recementation