Our teeth are such a vital, everyday part of our lives and bodies that we often take them for granted. However, when things go wrong, be it in the form of infections, broken or lost teeth, or abscesses forming, we can find ourselves suddenly needing access to a dentist. Any dentist accredited with the General Dentistry Council can serve as an emergency dentist, but if you are concerned with a severe problem it can be best to take the time to search for the best specialist for the job.
How do dental emergencies happen?
Dental emergencies can have a variety of causes. Tooth loss or broken teeth can be caused by falls or injuries during physical activity, most especially during contact sports such as boxing, rugby and hockey.
Failing to brush your teeth twice every day can lead to a dangerous build-up of plaque and bacteria, which coat the teeth, and other bacteria which can lead to inflamed gums and infection. If this is combined with an unhealthy high sugar lifestyle it is possible for an abscess to form, leading to the need to remove the tooth.
Bacteria build-up can also contribute to spreading ulceration and developing bleeding gums when you brush your teeth. If your gums bleed when you clean your teeth it is possible you are brushing too fiercely, although it is more likely that the gums have become inflamed and unhealthy due to poor oral health. If you find you have bleeding gums which persist it can be wise to discuss it with your dentist, even if you do not think it is an emergency.
How do I find an emergency dentist?
If you see any of these warning signs, it is worth getting in touch with your dentist or, if your problem is severe, looking for a specialist clinic. Clinics are equipped to deal with rapidly developing dental problems can be found across the country. If you live in the capital and need an emergency dentist in London, there are many award-winning surgeries such as Ten Dental offering their expertise. These specialist clinics can sometimes be referred to by other dentists in the local area who know that they offer these and other specialisms. Whatever the best clinic is for you, if there is an emergency you should get in touch with your dentist as soon as possible.
Emergency dentists will analyse each case individually on its own merits. In the case of broken or lost teeth a composite filling may be an option, or alternatively an artificial tooth can be placed in the space left behind, so that no one will notice the tooth is missing. In the case of an infection taking hold it may be necessary for the dentist to perform a root canal treatment to ensure the problem is dealt with. You will only go to the emergency dentist’s when something has gone wrong, but wherever you go you can rest assured they will give their all to fixing the problem.
One way to avoid letting these issues build up until you need to go to an emergency dentist is to make sure you have regular appointments with your dentist. Normally taking place every six months, you can regularly bring up any concerns you have experienced with your dentist .This will also help to identify any potential long-term problems before they become troublesome, and lower the chance you will need an emergency dentist any time soon.
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