Broken teeth, burst abscesses, lost fillings, excruciatingly painful toothache. If you’ve ever had a dental emergency, no doubt you are well aware of how painful and sometimes frightening it can be.
Should you call your usual dentist? What if it’s out of hours? Do you need a visit to the hospital?
If you are unsure of the answer to any of the above questions, our guide on how to deal with a dental emergency may be exactly what you need. This guide may be beneficial as it provides useful information so you’ll know exactly what to do the next time you experience a serious and urgent problem with your teeth.
The first question you need to ask yourself before calling an emergency dentist is whether the problem is urgent. Certain dental problems can wait for treatment, while others need attention as quickly as possible. This can obviously be an issue if you experience a dental emergency at night or during the weekend.
So how can you tell the difference between urgent and non-urgent dental problems?
We would consider the following to be urgent dental emergencies:
These kinds of problems need immediate attention, so you should call your dentist if you’re experiencing any of the above problems.
If it’s outside of normal opening hours, you should find that your dentist has an emergency number either listed on their website or on their answering machine. However, if you’re unable to contact your dentist or you don’t have a regular dentist, you can pay a visit to your local A&E department.
Non-urgent dental emergencies would include the following:
While you should contact your dentist as soon as possible if you experience any of the above, none of these issues will require immediate treatment. Most dentists will try to see you as soon as they can, but you may have to wait anything from a few hours to a day or two.
Depending on the kind and severity of the dental problem, there are several things that you can do at home to ease the pain and help the situation.
Having to deal with a dental emergency at some point or another is unavoidable, so remember these guidelines or print them out and place a copy in your medicine cupboard for reference.