Accidents happen. You could be happily chewing an apple when you hear the loud crunch of your tooth breaking, or have an incisor knocked out as you get tackled by an opponent playing rugby. When you are faced with an unexpected mouth injury, you need to ask yourself the following questions, “is the damage severe enough that I need immediate attention?”, and “does my dentist offer services’ after-hours’ to tend to my needs”?
If you face a scenario where you need to see a dental practitioner as soon as possible, our emergency dentist in Edinburgh provides exceptional same-day services. Our dental team is also highly trained in these situations where time is of the essence.
What can be classified as a “medical emergency?”
You might consider a chipped tooth or a loose filling a severe matter, and in its own right it is, but in all likelihood, the tooth can wait. An imperfect tooth might be a self-perceived disaster in that it changes your facial appearance and causes you embarrassment, but it is unlikely that our emergency dentist in Edinburgh shares your views.
At the same time, if your tooth is seriously broken and has undergone extensive nerve damage, leaving it in the hopes that it will heal by itself, is reckless. The later it is seen to, the less chance you have in saving it.
A broken tooth left untreated gets infected as bacteria enters the tissue under the enamel, and forms an abscess. Pain sometimes but not always accompanies an abscess, and so you might not know that you have one until it progressively worsens. A worst case scenario occurs when the infection-causing bacteria enter the bloodstream and spread their germs throughout your body, causing serious illness that impacts your overall state of health, and not just your oral health.
Steps you should take before you reach a dentist
As mentioned, you need to seek out medical advice after experiencing extreme mouth trauma urgently. However, the reality is that time will lapse between the injury and receiving the help you need.
To prevent swelling, relieve pain or to stop the blood, following these steps.
- Rinse your mouth with warm water
- Apply pressure to the bleeding with gauze or anything absorbent (teabags work too)
- Place ice packs on cheeks and lips to stop the worst of the swelling.
- If the pain is unmanageable, take a painkiller.
How is a broken tooth treated?
Treatment depends on the extent of the injury. Our dentist will do what they can to save your tooth, but sometimes the tooth needs to be removed to protect your mouth and keep your surrounding teeth healthy.
At worst, if the teeth have extended into the pulp, root canal surgery might be your best option. It might sound like a serious procedure, and it is, but such operations are common, and with the help of anaesthesia, is similar to having a filling done with minimal pain.
None of us likes thinking about the possibility of a traumatic incident, but prepare yourself for the worst. Entrust our team at Polwarth Dental Clinic to handle your emergency when they happen in a calm and highly professional environment.