Calling your dentist to make an appointment is all it takes to request an emergency dental visit. Determine whether your issue truly constitutes an emergency before placing the call, though.
In the article below, we will define what a dental emergency is, as well as what occurs both before and during the emergency appointment.
The basic definition of a dental emergency is when oral pain or discomfort keeps you from going about your daily business. As opposed to a medical emergency, this normally doesn’t necessitate a trip to the emergency room.
Among the possible dental emergencies are the following:
Understanding whether a condition is classed as a dental emergency or not is crucial when determining whether you should be calling to schedule an emergency appointment.
A dental emergency isn’t likely to be labelled for something like a broken tooth, missing crown, or missing filling unless there are sharp fragments still in your mouth that are causing pain and discomfort.
Unless the pain is severe, a toothache is also not likely to be considered a dental emergency.
If you think that your issue is not a dental emergency, but you still need treatment as soon as possible, call Kettering Dental & Implant Clinic! We will work to get you seen by our dentists as quickly as we can to treat any issues you are facing.
It is crucial to call your dentist right away to set up an emergency appointment after determining whether your issue qualifies as a dental emergency. You can typically be seen within the following 24 hours, as the majority of dental offices will keep a handful of appointments open for potential emergencies. This appointment may take place during practise hours or at a different time.
Maintaining good dental health generally is crucial while you wait for your emergency visit, and you should avoid making your condition worse. The precise procedures to take depend on the nature of your individual problem; for instance, if you believe you have a tooth abscess, you should refrain from eating or drinking anything hot, use a soft toothbrush, and avoid flossing the affected area. Moreover, to clean the area before the session, rinse your mouth thoroughly with warm salt water.
If, however, your tooth has been knocked out, you should wash it under running water and, if at all feasible, replace it in its socket. The region should be kept as clean and clear of debris, because this can spread illness.
The dentist’s primary concern while treating you in an emergency visit will be identifying and addressing the underlying issue. The tooth that is causing your severe dental pain may need to be extracted, but all available choices and treatments will be reviewed with you before any procedure is carried out. Your dentist might be able to reinsert a tooth that has been knocked out. This will, however, depend on how quickly you can schedule an emergency appointment and the state of the missing tooth.
If at all possible, a splint will be used to link the tooth to the teeth on either side of it. The splint will be removed a few weeks after the procedure is finished. Treatment options like an implant or bridge will be addressed if a knocked-out tooth cannot be preserved.
For new patients and registered patients who are unable to arrange an NHS appointment, we can provide emergency care as well as routine check-ups.
Our friendly reception staff can provide you with further information on our private availability, or you can contact us and schedule an appointment through our website.
Otherwise, individuals who require urgent dental assistance on the health service can always call 111 for assistance.Back to Blog
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