An emergency dentist is required if you have unbearable toothache, with or without a painful swelling known as a dental abscess. Queens Park Dental Team in Bournemouth endeavours to see urgent cases on the same day whenever possible. The earlier you contact the practice, the more likely it is that an emergency dentist appointment will be available that same day.
Numerous things constitute a dental emergency. Here we look at what your Bournemouth emergency dentist can do in cases of unbearable tooth pain and dental abscesses.
Pain is the body’s indicator that something is wrong and requires attention. Dental pain can be severe and can make it difficult to concentrate, eat, drink, and sleep. At the first sign of toothache you should book an appointment with a dentist at our Bournemouth clinic. Mild or intermittent pain is usually manageable with over-the-counter pain relief until your appointment.
If tooth pain is severe, is accompanied by swelling, or suddenly gets worse to the point your painkillers stop working, an emergency dentist is needed.
Tooth decay is the most common cause of toothache, although it can also be caused by trauma to the teeth (even a small chip or crack can cause problems should bacteria get inside your tooth) and by lost fillings or crowns.
A dental abscess is caused by infection entering a tooth and is characterised by pain and swelling. Abscesses can be in the tooth, the gum, or the jaw bone.
When you come to our Bournemouth clinic with toothache and/or an abscess, your emergency dentist will first identify the cause of the pain, using x-rays to aid diagnosis as necessary. In the case of decay they will remove the decayed area and fill the tooth. A lost or damaged crown or filling will also be removed and replaced.
If infection has caused an abscess, your Bournemouth emergency dentist may drain it under local anaesthetic. Severe infection may require a course of antibiotics, and infected teeth usually need root canal treatment to remove all traces of infection.
Root canal treatment is carried out under local anaesthetic at our Bournemouth clinic and needs at least two appointments.