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When going about day to day life, most people are aware of what constitutes an emergency situation; if someone were to witness a person getting hit by a car, this would undoubtedly prompt them to call for an ambulance.
As much as we want to prevent them, emergencies are often a part of life and while most people are schooled in how to handle most urgent medical scenarios for themselves or loved ones, few people are versed in identifying a dental emergency.
Dental emergencies, however, are surprisingly common and made up 20% of all accident and emergency visits in early 2019; that’s a lot of sore teeth in need of urgent medical treatment!
However, most dental emergencies can be treated in surgery as opposed to a hospital, without the long waiting time, very beneficial when you are in discomfort! But what exactly constitutes an emergency trip to the dentist in Soho?
Of course, the first thing that will get anyone into the dental chair is a discomfort!
While most people experience some kind of dental sensitivity, there is a noted difference in the intensity and manifestation of emergency discomfort.
When it is impacting on daily functions, it is time to book an appointment with the emergency dentist in Soho!
Sudden or gradual swelling
Everyone has had some kind of swelling due to injury, but when the swelling is located on the face or in the mouth, it needs to be examined quickly.
Even if it isn’t uncomfortable, it could be indicative of an abscess or trauma, that requires medical attention. Also, a swollen face is never a good look!
Missing filling or crown
A very common annoyance for many dental patients is the loss of a filling or a crown.
While this can cause discomfort, many dental patients don’t experience this and therefore don’t regard it as an urgent situation. Lost fillings and crowns are an open door for bacteria to gain access to the pulp of the tooth, so it needs to be fixed as soon as possible to prevent secondary complications.
Chips and breaks
Associated more with sporty people, chipped or broken teeth need repairing as soon as possible.
Not only is a broken tooth a bad addition to any smile, but it can also allow those pesky, abscess causing bacteria easy access to the pulp and nerve of the tooth.
Minor chips can cause a similar problem, so they need filling as soon as they are noticed, even if they are not causing any discomfort.
People who wear metal braces really have a tough time; not only do orthodontic braces require a lot of maintenance to keep them working correctly, the metal wires can break due to sudden impact or just bad luck! Obviously, it isn’t possible to function with a snapped, sharp piece of metal protruding into the inner cheek and rubbing against the gumline, so booking an emergency dental appointment will help get that wire back in place so the brace can do its job!