When to call the emergency dentist, and what they can do

If you need an emergency dentist in Watton, get in touch with Clarence House Dental Care immediately on 01953 882777. At our dental practice we offer same-day emergency appointments, because we understand that dental emergencies can be both painful and upsetting. You should contact a member of our reception team as early as possible in the day to ensure we can see you immediately.

emergency-dentistNumerous situations constitute a dental emergency. Here we look at some common emergency scenarios, along with what your dentist may do to rectify the situation. It is not always possible to fully complete treatment in one appointment – for example, if you have a tooth infection that needs treating with antibiotics – but at our Watton dental clinic we will never leave a patient in pain.

Unbearable toothache

Toothache must never be ignored – it’s a sure indicator something isn’t right, even if your tooth appears healthy. Mild or intermittent tooth pain can usually be managed with over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol until the next regular appointment with your dentist becomes available. However, if the painkillers don’t work or stop working, or the pain becomes unbearable, it’s time to call the emergency dentist.

Tooth pain is commonly caused by dental decay and/or infection, which can result from accidental chips or cracks to the teeth. If your tooth is decayed your dentist will remove all areas of decay and fill the tooth. If infection is present you may require root canal treatment, which takes two or three appointments to complete. At the first appointment, your dentist will get you out of pain.

Knocked out tooth

Sometimes, a dentist can reimplant a healthy tooth that has been knocked out through accident or injury. You can try to do this yourself (only with adult teeth, never try to put a milk tooth back in a child’s mouth) and should bite down on a clean paper towel to hold the tooth in place until your emergency dental appointment.

If you aren’t able to reinsert the tooth yourself, put it in a clean container covered in milk or your own saliva and bring it to your emergency dentist.