Owing to the fact that there are a number of dental problems that patients experience, it can be a bit confusing to ascertain what exactly constitutes a dental emergency. The simplest definition of an emergency situation is one that requires immediate professional dental care to save adult teeth, stop blood loss or relieve severe pain.
An emergency dentist in Buckinghamshire offering urgent dental care services is best placed to provide you with the appropriate treatment for your needs. He or she has the necessary training, as well as the required diagnostic equipment at their disposal to get to the root of the matter, and can offer you effective treatment such as administering anaesthetics to ease your discomfort. The immediate problem for a dentist in an emergency such as in the case of painful infection is to alleviate any pain a patient may be experiencing and then offer suitable treatment such as draining the abscess by performing a root canal procedure.
Indisputable dental problems that necessitate calling your dentist
By and large major dental problems have the potential to be life threatening which is why there is great emphasis attached to seeking urgent treatment. Dental emergencies are classified according to three categories:
- Facial trauma that results in injury to teeth or mouth
Facial trauma most often results from sports injuries, contact sports in particular, and accidents – examples include falling in the home and receiving a blow to the face – that affect adult teeth and supporting tissue. In order to save a knocked out adult tooth, it has to be replaced (receive dental treatment) within an hour. Tissue injuries such as puncture wounds or lacerations to the tongue and cheeks are also considered emergency dental problems.
- Infection or swelling in the mouth
Swelling in the mouth is a strong indicator of an abscess or a bacterial gum infection. The risk of untreated abscess or infections is that they can spread to other parts of the body which is why they are considered dental emergencies. Another symptom of a tooth abscess is the sensation of pain when biting down.
- Unmanageable or intense pain in the mouth area
If the persistent pain you are experiencing won’t go away or becomes progressively worse, it may be a sign of a serious underlying problem. Seeking treatment sooner will provide relief from intolerable pain and the source of the problem can be treated. Throbbing pain is often a symptom of tooth decay which is a serious issue.
If the situation does arise when you require an emergency dentist in Buckinghamshire, contact us at Garden View Dental Care without delay. Leaving serious dental problems untreated can impact your overall health and wellbeing. Ask our reception team for the relevant contact details available should an emergency arise outside normal dental practice hours.
Routine dental check-ups are most helpful in preventing dental emergencies such as infections in the mouth. These routine check-ups are recommended because they help to discover any potential problems such as the signs of tooth decay or gum disease and treatment can be offered to address these issues.