09 Jul What To Do In A Dental Emergency?
Key Advice From Crown House Dental In Egham
No matter how diligent you are at brushing your teeth, how often you go to the dentist or how little sugar you consume, dental emergencies can still happen.
They can happen through oral disease or through injury, and they will usually be very painful, and sometimes even frightening for the person with the issue.
If you are faced with a dental emergency, your Egham dentist is here to help you feel comfortable with what to do in that difficult situation. So here are our guidelines for what to do in a dental emergency:
Is It A Real Emergency?
Organising a general dental appointment can take a few days, or sometimes weeks to get booked in. If there is a dental emergency, you won’t be able to wait for that length of time to be seen by your Egham dentist. However, it isn’t always that clear if you have a real emergency or if it can wait until your next appointment. So how do you tell the difference?
We would recommend always trying to get advice on the situation where possible. During working hours we can advise you on what to do, and help you take further steps to get help, whether that is with us or at another facility. You can also call NHS 111 for further advice if you are unsure on whether or not the problem is an emergency.
Injuries That Are Likely To Be An Emergency
If there has been an injury to the head then we would definitely advise that you go to A&E. An accident that has loosened or removed teeth may well have had an impact on the rest of your head and you could have a fracture, or worse, a brain injury. You may need emergency care straight away and it isn’t worth risking waiting around in these circumstances.
If you have any of the following and you haven’t sustained a head injury, then you may wish to seek an emergency dental appointment with your dentist, or with an emergency NHS dentist if it is out of hours:
- Teeth that have been completely knocked out – you will want to collect the teeth and keep them in milk if possible.
- A tooth extrusion – where the tooth has been moved into a different position, or is hanging from the tissues in the mouth.
- A broken tooth, where parts of the tooth are broken off. This is more of an emergency if there is bleeding, sharp edges or the tooth is knocked out of position.
- Tooth damage with severe pain, where there may be an injury beneath the gum line.
- Severe bleeding, where bleeding will not stop after a few minutes.
Post Dental Treatment Emergency
If you have had treatment at your Egham dentist and you get a lot of pain, bleeding or swelling then this is a dental emergency and you need to seek a rapid appointment with us, or help from your nearest out of hours dentist if the issue occurs out of hours.
If In Doubt, Seek Advice
In all dental situations, if you are unsure about whether or not you have a dental emergency, seek advice. NHS 111 is an excellent service if it is out of hours as they can provide advice on what to do next dependent on your individual needs. If it is in our opening hours, which you can find on our website, then please do call us on 01784432641 and we will be more than happy to advise you on what to do next.