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5 Signs You Need an Emergency Dentist

5th November 2018

 

When you have a serious problem with your teeth, don’t try to wait for your next appointment: see an emergency dentist as soon as possible!

A lot of us have the tendency to ignore dental pains and problems for as long as possible, putting off going to the dentist in the vague hope that the problem will go away with time. This is rarely a good decision to make. With implications such as tooth loss, prompt treatment can dramatically improve the end result.

There are many symptoms which can indicate the need for an emergency dentist. Here are five of the most common signs.

 

1. Throbbing toothache

The most common dental problem, toothache can cause significant discomfort to the extent that it can affect your sleep and mood.

Sensitive teeth may not themselves warrant a visit to the emergency dentist, but if you are also experiencing constant headaches and the pain persists, even when the tooth is not being touched, then it could be something more serious. Possible causes of toothache include cavities, cracks, breaks, and abscesses.

Any sudden change in the severity of the pain or discomfort is a reason to go to the emergency dentist, including if the pain suddenly turns into numbness.

 

2. Lost or loose teeth

If you lose a tooth as an adult, due to injury or otherwise, visit the emergency dentist immediately. Try not to touch the roots of the tooth, and put it in some milk or saliva to keep it strong until you are seen. Similarly, if one of your teeth has become loose, don’t panic and don’t agitate it unnecessarily. With proper care and attention from a professional, the tooth can be saved.

Adult teeth should never fall out by themselves so if you haven’t suffered a recent injury, a loose tooth could be a sign of something more serious.

 

3. Broken fillings

Aside from the pain, and potentially some visual clues if you can see the filling in a mirror, tasting a metallic taste in your mouth can be a sign that one of your fillings is loose. Exposed cavities can cause complications like infection and extreme sensitivity to temperature, and are therefore best dealt with promptly.

An emergency dentist will clean the tooth and cavity and replace the filling. Green Square Dental are able to provide white fillings to blend in with your natural teeth as a less obvious alternative to amalgam fillings.

 

4. Broken or swollen jaw

A swollen jaw could be a sign of a cyst or a dental abscess. It could also be a symptom of an infection, tooth decay or gum disease, or could be a sign that your wisdom teeth are coming through in a problematic way.

Possibly the most common cause of a swollen jaw is an injury; a fractured or broken jaw typically causes swelling and dental complications. An emergency dentist will be able to set the jaw and ensure that none of your teeth has been knocked out of place or loosened.

 

5. Bleeding gums

Bleeding gums that haven’t resulted from overly forceful brushing could be a sign of gingivitis, a cavity, or leukaemia. An emergency dentist will be able to diagnose the problem and recommend the appropriate treatment.

 

How to get an emergency dentist appointment

If you have any of the above symptoms and live in Sheffield or Rotherham and the surrounding areas, book an appointment with Green Square Dental. You do not need to be registered with us in advance for an emergency appointment; it’s more important that you get the treatment you need, and no one is better placed to provide that than us.

Find out more about our emergency dentist service today.

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