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What is a Dental Emergency?

30 November 2016

An injury to the mouth and one’s teeth can be a particularly scary incident to have to deal with. Knowing the steps to follow and how to act in a dental emergency when faced with one will be the key to getting a successful outcome.

Firstly, it’s important to be able to distinguish between a dental emergency and an issue that can wait until normal business hours resume.

How to determine a dental emergency

If your tooth has been knocked out, loosened, fractured or forced out of its position, you are dealing with a dental emergency. These types of mouth injuries are very painful and should be treated by a dentist as soon as possible.

How quick should you see a dentist?

You should get to a dentist immediately as every passing minute could literally be the difference between saving and losing your tooth.

How to access emergency dental care.

The first step is to call your local dentist. Dentists who don’t offer emergency dental care services themselves will, at the very least, point you in the direction of a reputable dentist that does.

If you cannot get hold of a dentist directly, call or get yourself down to your local A&E department and they’ll be able to refer you to someone who offers the services that you’ll need.

How much does emergency dental work cost?

The time of day and severity of your issue will play a factor in determining the cost of your emergency dental care. Some dentists charge a set fee in addition to the cost of any work needed which can range from €50 and upwards.

During normal business hours, most dentists do their best to fit patients who need emergency work done into their schedule with their existing patients. If it’s after hours, on a weekend or holiday, you may be faced with a higher rate for your dentist’s services.

Irrespective of cost, the important thing to remember is that your oral health should be your number one priority when faced with a dental emergency.

How do you get an emergency dental appointment?

If you’re calling within normal business hours, call our office here at 3Dental and we’ll be happy to fit you in as best we can. If, on the other hand, it’s out of business hours and you need some dental care, we’d also be happy to assist you.

To get an emergency dental appointment, all you have to do is give us a call and we’ll do our best to resolve your issue. Stay calm and try to explain your situation and symptoms with as much detail as you can. This will help your dentist to provide you with the best care as well as the best advice on how to handle your pain in the meantime.

Having to deal with a dental emergency is never on anyone’s agenda so it’s always best to be prepared for the worst case scenario should something go wrong whilst playing sports, etc. Knowing what to do might just be the difference in getting a successful outcome so we hope this article will be of benefit to you should you be faced with a dental emergency.

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