There are several cases where emergency dental aid becomes necessary. This is especially true if it causes severe pain, chances of losing a tooth or teeth and if it threatens to worsen or cause infection.
When to Seek Emergency Dental Aid
1. severe toothache
2. swelling caused by infection or abscess
3. the fillings or crown falls off
4. broken denture
5. broken / chipped teeth
6. knocked out teeth
7. extruding teeth
9. pain and swelling caused by a wisdom tooth
Toothache is when you experience pain from a particular tooth or in the jaw adjacent to the tooth. The pain can be very mild or extremely severe - especially when you chew. Pain that is dull and throbbing and keeps you awake at night should be seen immediately. It usually indicates dental infection or the onset of a dental infection.
If you have a toothache or a cavity that just gives you an occasional discomfort, don’t ignore it! Ignoring a toothache could prove to be more hazardous to your health then you think. A prolonged toothache, tooth infection or cavity could lead to dental abscess.
When an infection is established around a particular tooth, it may manifest itself as a dental abscess. The swelling may initially be localized around the affected tooth but may then spread to the soft tissues local to the area and after that to the wider face. This is an extremely serious condition and medical attention should be sought immediately.
Lost Filling or Crown
A lost crown or filling may or may not cause pain. Either way, dental attention should be sought as the situation may lead to pain, dental decay or the possibility of losing the tooth. The earlier dental treatment is received, the less complicated (and costly) the dental treatment will be.
Remember to bring the lost crown (if retrieved) with you so that it can be recemented!
A broken denture can be very distressing and embarrassing. Bring all parts of the broken denture to your dentist and he/she can assess how and if it can be repaired. The denture is repaired at a specialist dental laboratory and we aim to have a very speedy turnaround so that you spend the minimum time without your denture.
Please don’t superglue your denture back together!
Broken or Chipped tooth
If you suspect that you have a broken tooth then you should visit your dentist immediately because he will be able to determine the cause and also be able to offer the best treatment to avoid further damage. If you manage to save your broken tooth then make sure that you take it along to the dentist to see if there is a possibility to attach your tooth back into place.
Dental abscess is a mouth infection that starts in the mouth and can spread to the face, jaw and throat.
A Knocked Out Tooth/ Extruded Tooth
This is a serious condition because if you do not act quickly then there are chances that you may lose that tooth for good.
Every minute is crucial for you to save the tooth therefore it is vital that you get immediate attention. However there are certain steps that you can take until you get medical attention:
1. Make sure you handle the tooth from the crown and not the root
2. Try to place the tooth back in its place or socket. The probability of the tooth surviving is higher this way.
3. If you are not able to place the tooth back then keep it moist in either milk, your own saliva or water
4. Never try to scrub the tooth if it is dirty. Rinse it under running water if you must.
The treatments mentioned above are only meant for knocked out tooth in adults. Children whose milk tooth has been knocked out should not be reattached as this would deter or harm the adult tooth that will grow later on.
Pain and Swelling from a Wisdom Tooth
Wisdom teeth begin to erupt on average around the age of 18. Most of the time their eruption is uneventful, but, not uncommonly, there may be no room for yet another molar tooth in the mouth and the tooth becomes impacted. The gum around a partially erupted wisdom tooth can become infected, and if there is severe pain or any significant swelling, dental attention should be sought immediately to stop the infection spreading to the nearby soft tissues. Once the pain and infection is under control, you and your dentist can discuss whether the tooth needs to be extracted.
Merrion Dentistry can be relied upon to provide the best of dental care for you, and is located in South Dublin, Ireland – close to Stillorgan, Kilmacud, Blackrock, Mount Merrion, Foxrock, Booterstown, Donnybrook, Clonskeagh, Sandyford, Dun Laoghaire. Dentist located on level 1 of Stillorgan Shopping Centre.