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Common dental emergencies

22 December 2022

What is considered a dental emergency?

Here at Primadent Dental, we’re proud to say that we do everything we can to help our patients in an emergency. 

We understand how stressful it can be when something goes wrong. Our experienced team knows that a dental emergency cannot be predicted and is completely out of your control. We work hard to accommodate our patients on the same day, providing you with emergency dental care when you need it most.

We’ve put together this guide on how to identify common dental emergencies and when to call our friendly practice in Liverpool for an emergency dental appointment.

What is considered a dental emergency?

It can be difficult to know whether your dental concern is considered an emergency. If you’re experiencing unexplained pain and discomfort, it’s easy to panic and assume you need to be seen right away. You may have lost a filling and are unsure whether it’s classed as a dental emergency.

Some of the most common signs of a dental emergency include:

  • Symptoms that indicate an oral infection has spread throughout the body – for example, swollen glands, a temperature, and fatigue
  • A knocked-out tooth
  • Unbearable toothache
  • An abscess
  • A filling that has fallen out
  • Swelling around the mouth or on the face
  • A painful broken or loose tooth
  • Uncontrolled dental bleeding
  • Signs and symptoms of oral cancer
  • An oral health concern that could impact a pre-existing medical condition such as diabetes

If any of your symptoms could lead to life-threatening or long-term medical issues, they would be classed as a dental emergency. In cases of trauma or injury, seeing one of our emergency dentists could be the difference between saving and losing a tooth.

Non-emergency oral health issues

The following oral health issues are considered non-emergency:

  • A broken or chipped tooth
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Bleeding gums 
  • Gum disease
  • Stained teeth
  • Mild wisdom tooth pain or swelling
  • Mild toothache
  • Loose or broken dentures

In the event of a non-emergency oral health issue, our experienced clinicians will still try and see you as soon as possible. As these dental concerns can still impact your daily life and make tasks like eating and speaking difficult, we will do everything we can to relieve your pain.

What should I do in the event of a dental emergency?

If you think you require an emergency dental appointment, please call our practice right away on 0151 228 2226

Our friendly reception team will ask you some basic questions about your oral health issue, which will then be passed on to our clinicians. One of our emergency dentists will then call you back and provide you with all of the advice you need to help relieve you of your discomfort as quickly as possible. We will offer you a same-day emergency dental appointment when it is necessary to guide you towards a full recovery.

Is my toothache a dental emergency?

This is a difficult question, as the answer is not always simple. A mild toothache is usually not a dental emergency

If you have a toothache that is becoming increasingly more painful and won’t subside after several days, please call our practice immediately for guidance.

The following symptoms are usually signs that a toothache is a dental emergency:

  • Ibuprofen and painkillers won’t relieve the discomfort
  • Lasts more than 2 days
  • Pain levels increasing
  • You have a temperature
  • Swollen glands in the neck
  • You struggle to eat and speak
  • Red and swollen gums

If you have the above symptoms, please call our Liverpool practice for advice from our emergency dentists. We will do everything we can to relieve your pain and come up with a treatment plan to restore your smile.

What will happen at my emergency dental appointment?

When visiting our warm and welcoming practice in Liverpool, one of our emergency dentists will take the time to listen and understand your dental concern. We will then provide an oral examination to determine the appropriate treatment plan. You may be advised of a temporary treatment to immediately relieve you of your pain. A follow-up appointment may later be scheduled to provide you with further treatment.

Are you experiencing signs of a dental emergency?

We understand that a dental emergency can be extremely distressing. If you are in a lot of pain but are unsure whether your dental concern would be classed as an emergency, please call our Liverpool practice right away. Our friendly team will be more than happy to advise you on whether we need to see you right away. We reserve a number of same-day emergency dental appointments to help relieve you of your discomfort and offer you the guidance you need to make a full recovery.

If you are experiencing some of the common signs of a dental emergency, please call our reception team today on 0151 228 2226.

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