Dental emergency is generally used as a blanket term to describe any issue involving the teeth and their supporting tissues , requiring treatment as early as possible by a dental professional.
Dental emergencies are not always accompanied by pain, but it can be a significant marker that something needs to be examined. The pain can arise from the tooth, the tissues around it or can produce a sensation of originating in the teeth while being caused by an independent source in actuality (orofacial pain and toothache).
Upon inspection, an experienced clinician can determine the probable cause according to the type of pain experienced and can then treat the issue accordingly. Each tissue type gives off its own messages in a dental emergency. Different types of emergencies can exist ranging from bacterial, fungal, viral infections to a fractured tooth or dental restoration, each requiring an individual response and treatment that is specific to the condition at hand.
Fractures or dental trauma can happen anywhere on the tooth or to the bone around it. Treatment options may differ depending on the site and extent of fracture. Dental restoration, falling out or fracturing can also be considered a dental emergency as these can effect functions related to aesthetics, eating and pronunciation. If so, they should be tended to with the same immediacy as loss of tooth tissue. Some common dental emergencies include toothache, chipped or broken tooth, knocked out tooth, badly bitten lip or tongue, something stuck between teeth or a lost filling.
Generally, it is advisable that all dental emergencies be treated under the supervision or guidance of a dental health professional in order to preserve the teeth for the longest time (if possible). In many cases, getting to a dentist as soon as possible can make the difference between saving or losing a tooth.
It is highly recommended to stay prepared by keeping an emergency dental- care kit at hand including the following items:
Dentist’s phone numbers
Small container with lid
Pain Relief Medicine ( medicine should be prescribed by your dentist)
At Alexandra park dental practice
we offer emergency appointments for patients living in Woodgreen, N22 and surrounding areas. Please call us on 0208 829 8555 to book your appointment.