You Asked: What constitutes a dental Emergency?

Despite our best efforts, and even with the greatest oral health care routine on our side, dental emergencies can happen. What counts is being prepared if, and when, they do. After all, having a clear idea of what counts as an emergency, and knowing how to manage it, can help you feel calm and in control in an otherwise upsetting situation. Today, we’ll explain the types of scenarios that constitute a dental emergency and share what to do if the situation arises.

Here For Your Dental Emergency

Before we begin, it’s worth knowing that at our dental practice in York, we help our patients every day with their oral health – whether it’s routine care, cosmetic treatments, restorative procedures or emergency care. If you’re reading this and are worried at any point, just give us a call.

Recognising Your Dental Emergency

Many of our patients ask us, what constitutes a dental emergency. In a nutshell, they cover things like pain, infection, and broken or lost teeth. More specifically, though, you might have symptoms like these:

  • Pain in the jaw, sensitivity or toothache
  • Infection, swelling or abscesses
  • Broken, loose or lost teeth (or fillings, bridges, crowns etc)
  • Signs of tooth decay

In any of these scenarios, get in touch with us for swift emergency care.

Treating Dental Emergencies

There’s never just one way to approach a dental emergency, as it really depends on your situation and whether you’re in any pain. Some of the ways we can treat you include:

  • Pain management and relief
  • Extraction or reinsertion of teeth
  • X-rays
  • Temporary appliances
  • Specialist referrals

If you need a future appointment, we’ll book you in at the same time. For emergency appointments, we offer same-day appointments to patients in York.

Looking Out For Your Smile

Sometimes, we see dental emergencies that could have been avoided – especially those that occur during sports. For that reason, we’ll always ask patients to wear mouthguards for contact sports such as rugby or hockey. But, emergencies can also arise from poor oral care, so we always stress the importance of brushing and flossing twice a day, and booking regular dental check-ups at our York practice.

Care Without Judgement

Whatever the nature of your accident, injury or emergency, we’ll give you the best possible care and make you aware of prevention, too.

If you need an emergency dentist in York this winter, don’t delay – get in touch today.