What is emergency dental treatment?

Emergency dental treatment is dental care that is provided twenty-four hours a day to help with injuries or conditions that flare up outside of normal working hours. This kind of treatment can be very helpful because no one can predict when an accident or dental problem will occur; most clinics that provide emergency care will make appointments available twenty-four hours a day, every day of the year. The great thing about this type of treatment is that it is on offer to patients that are not registered with the clinic; although you may benefit from registration later on if you have regular problems with your dental health. If you suffer with regular toothache or you have experienced dental trauma in the past, it might make you feel better to know that there is treatment available twenty-four hours a day, every day of the year – including holidays.

What counts as a dental emergency?

ToothacheYou may be under the impression that toothache does not require emergency treatment, even if it becomes much more painful; however, there is no need for you to leave this problem untreated if you are in pain, especially when there is treatment available twenty-four hours a day. Toothache is typically related to decay that has started to break into the structure of the tooth; this is not a condition that is going to get better without dental treatment and it is usually best to get this kind of problem treated at the first opportunity. It may be tempting to simply take some painkillers and try to ignore the discomfort but that is not a long-term solution to the problem; a filling will probably be needed to deal with the decay permanently, rather than leaving the decay to become worse.

Broken toothYou would probably already be thinking about getting dental treatment if you have broken one of your teeth; it is important that the teeth are repaired if they have been damaged through to the pulp chamber, as this exposes the tooth to infection. If you refer this kind of problem to a dentist at the first opportunity it is likely that the damage will be repairable and further issues can be avoided. However, not all types of dental trauma can be fixed and if the teeth have been broken too badly, it may not be possible to repair the damage and restore good dental function to the affected teeth. If the teeth are very badly damaged, the dentist may have to extract them in order to avoid infection or further dental problems spreading to the neighbouring healthy teeth.

Knocked-out tooth – It should be quite obvious that a knocked-out tooth needs to be treated after this kind of damage has occurred; it is very hard to disguise this sort of injury once it has happened – unlike things like tooth decay or gum disease in the early stages. If you have suffered a knocked-out tooth, you should refer it to a dentist within a couple of hours of the problem developing; with fast treatment, the dentist may be able to repair the tooth by fitting it back into the socket so that it can reattach. Even if the way the damage looks does not bother you particularly, you should still get this problem treated because bone loss may affect you further down the line and the remaining teeth may start to shift as the pressure distribution in the mouth is altered.

Gum diseaseYou might not think that gum disease would require immediate dental treatment but it can deteriorate to the point where it can become seriously damaging to your dental health – and even your overall health, if you are not careful. Once gum boils have developed along the gum line, this indicates that the condition has become more serious and the infection has moved deeper into the tissue. The boils have to be lanced and the tissue removed to make sure that the condition can be eradicated completely. If the problem has become much more aggressive, the dentist may recommend a course of antibiotics to treat the infection and get rid of the bacteria.

Enamel chips – This is a good example of a dental emergency that may not be painful to the teeth or particularly damaging if the breakage only affects the enamel layer of the tooth. Enamel chips can usually be repaired using composite bonding material and this kind of treatment is not going to affect the inner workings of the tooth. Even if the damaged does not look particularly invasive or your teeth are not hurting, you should still get the problem assessed by a dentist at the first chance you get; although enamel chips are not usually damaging, there can sometimes be underlying breakages that may cause problems further down the line.

Broken bracesThe real problem with broken braces is if they are fixed to teeth that have also been damaged; the brackets may cause the teeth to become permanently unstable or cause them to heal in the wrong position. This kind of injury can certainly set back orthodontic treatment so it’s a good idea to get to a dental clinic as soon as you can; the braces will probably need to be removed so that the dentist can treat the affected teeth. This is not usually a problem with removable braces because they can be taken out so that the dentist can apply the necessary treatment; however, a new treatment plan may be needed if the teeth have been badly damaged during the accident.

If you are dealing with any of these conditions or symptoms and you would like to speak to a dentist at the first opportunity, you should get in touch with the reception team at the Pearl Dental Clinic; this surgery is open twenty-four hours a day and can provide all types of treatment to help with any number of dental problems that might affect you. Contact the reception now to find out how this surgery could help you out at short notice.

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5 Vale Parade, Kingston Vale

Kingston Hill, London SW15 3PS


Pearl Dental Clinic

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