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Should You Book An Emergency Dentist Appointment?

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22nd September 2021

Should You Book An Emergency Dentist Appointment?

When it comes to your mouth, teeth and gums, you need the very best care. While this is usually a case of following good oral health practices and attending regular dental check-ups here with our London dentists, it’s also about looking after your smile to prevent emergencies, as well as treating them if the need arises. Here’s some advice about when – and whether – to book that emergency dentist appointment, as well as some general tips on caring for your smile

Assessing your smile

Before doing anything, you’ll need to determine what the problem is and whether it might be classed as an emergency. For example, if you have bleeding gums, it could be gum disease, which is important to treat but not an emergency, or it could be resulting from trauma to the mouth, which would be. Here are a few examples of dental emergencies that require urgent treatment:

  • Loose, broken, chipped or missing crowns, fillings or teeth
  • Bleeding or swelling caused by trauma (such as a sporting injury)
  • Abscesses and infection

Booking your treatment

If you’re certain you have an emergency and need an emergency dentist appointment, get in touch with our London dental practice right away. In emergency cases, it’s often the sooner seen, the better the outcome. Find all the details on our dedicated page. Or, if you’re concerned or feeling confused, try the NHS 111 service for advice.

Treatment in London

Our emergency dentist appointments are designed to get the situation under control and keep you comfortable. If we’re not able to do the full treatment needed at the time, we’ll book you in for a follow-up. For example, you might have a loose tooth. Our dentists may extract the tooth and offer pain relief if needed, then arrange a future consultation for a dental implant. It all depends on what’s needed. Some of the treatments our dentists can offer here in London include:

  • X-rays
  • Prescribing pain relief and antibiotics
  • Offering temporary fillings or crowns
  • Extraction of teeth
  • Root canal dressing

Follow-up care

Of course, we’ll arrange a time for any follow-up treatment needed after your emergency dentist appointment. For example, if you’ve lost a crown, and had emergency treatment to place a temporary crown, we’ll need to fit the permanent crown at a later date.

Talk to us now

If you’re worried about a dental emergency, talk to us now, or read our dedicated page for more information.