When the unexpected happens, it helps to know that there’s care you can trust to put things right. Here in Hull, our dental practice offers an emergency dentist service to help combat unforeseen accidents and emergencies. In this post, we’ll talk about situations where an emergency dentist is needed, together with helpful tips for avoiding these circumstances in the future.
Types of emergency
Before booking your emergency dentist appointment here at our Hull dental practice, it’s essential that you know the difference between a situation that requires urgent care, versus a routine appointment. Here are some signs that you might need an emergency dentist:
- Cracked, broken or snapped teeth
- Loose or missing teeth
- Pain and sensitivity
- Swelling, fever and infection
- Impacted wisdom teeth
- Severe dental decay
If you’re unsure, call our dental practice or dial 111 for the free NHS service.
With an emergency, generally the rule is that the faster the treatment, the better the outcome. Our top dentists always recommend calling as early as possible, especially as appointment slots do fill quickly.
Treatment at the emergency dentist could be a case of simply making you feel comfortable before booking a more in-depth appointment at a later date, or sharing advice on how to manage your condition. It could also include diagnostics, such as X-rays or photographs. And, of course, we may be able to offer solutions such as extractions, re-insertions and crowns/fillings, depending on your situation.
Our dentists work hard to give our patients the very best care, helping avoid emergency situations. That’s why we place an onus on good oral care (2 minutes of brushing and flossing, twice a day), as well as advising on how often to visit us for a check-up and scale & polish treatment (this varies between patients, depending on your needs and your standard of oral care). Coming to see your dentist as recommended will help to spot warning signs before they become a problem, and can help you get the best out of your oral routine.
Other tips include practical prevention, such as wearing a mouth guard during contact sports, and cutting out bad habits, such as crunching ice and chewing pen lids, which could damage teeth.
We know time is of the essence with emergencies, so don’t hesitate to get in touch with our emergency dentists here at our Hull dental practice as soon as possible. We look forward to helping you!