What do I do if I have an Emergency?
A dental emergency can be a very broad term used to describe an issue involving the teeth and supporting tissues. Dental emergencies do not always involve pain, although this is the most common signal that lets people know when something is wrong that needs attention.
The most common emergencies we treat include:
Broken Teeth or Lost Fillings
Teeth can break for reasons such as eating hard foods, old restorations that have broken down over time and any teeth that has been root canal treated and not crowned have a tendency to become brittle and break easily also.
A tooth does not always indicate a problem through pain, which we all expect it would. Nerves in teeth can die and calcify within the tooth not pulsating pain until enough time has passed for an infection to form at the apex of the root. This type of infection can lead to swelling and sever pain created by the pressure and pus in the bone. It is possible that no pain be experienced, which will be due to what is referred to as a 'draining abscess' (this resembles a small white coloured pimple), which is found on the soft tissues. Unfortunately this is only treatable through Root Canal Treatment (RCT). Coming in for this treatment is much like coming in for a Tooth Restoration, however a slightly longer appointment may be needed. Like any infection in the body this is quite serious and treatment for this should not be postponed.
Trauma and Sport Injuries
These type of injuries can occur even when correct measures are taken to prevent or limit them in sport. We recommend a fitted sports mouthguard be worn at all times during any sport even training sessions to assist in the prevention, however it does not always prevent major injuries but will definitely minimise the impact and severity. Regardless of how big or small a sports injury / trauma seems we advise you to seek a Dentist for a second opinion.