When you have a sudden dental problem, it can be difficult to know if the situation is an emergency or if you can wait to see your usual dentist. Don’t worry, call in or email us and our friendly reception team will advise you on the best course of action specific to your situation.
In general, dental emergencies can be split into two categories. The first is trauma or visible damage to the teeth, such as a chip or crack. The second is pain associated with an underlying problem such as a dental abscess. If you aren’t sure which applies to you, get in touch with our friendly reception team.
The reception team will balance your dental emergency and ensuring you obtain the highest standard of care in a timely fashion.
For example, if your dental problem is long-standing or can be managed with simple pain killers we will aim to have you see your usual trusted dentist. The dentist may not be able to give you immediate treatment but they will perform a detailed dental exam and plan a course of treatment for you to consider and provide long-term satisfaction.
If your dental problem is acute, stopping you from your daily activities we can focus the exam on that specific problem and perform treatment on the spot and will ask you to book back in for a more detailed exam at a later date. We are happy to see patients with dental emergencies even if you are not registered with us.
If you have chipped a tooth and you are in Basildon or are experiencing dental pain in Rayleigh, you may be wondering if you should seek the help of an emergency dentist or if you can wait to see your own dentist. To help you decide, we have created this short guide to dental emergencies and which situations require urgent dental care.
Which conditions call for emergency or urgent dental care?
In all cases, it will depend on the severity of the situation, but the following cases would be considered an emergency and you should seek urgent dental care.
Any accident where your mouth, jaw or teeth are injured
Loss of a tooth
A chipped, cracked or broken tooth
Any impact that knocks a tooth or teeth out of alignment
Any impact that causes dental pain, even without any obvious damage
An infection or abscess
Severe pain, bleeding or swelling in the mouth or jaw
The most obvious reason that people seek emergency dental services is when pain is involved. It’s easy to ignore dental problems when they don’t hurt, but it’s important to get issues like broken or cracked teeth checked as soon as possible. What starts as a minor problem could soon become a very painful emergency.
Dental pain can be very distressing, so don’t waste any time trying to manage the condition at home. Conditions like infections and abscesses will not go away on their own. While the inflammation and pain might die down after a few days, the underlying problem can only be dealt with by a dentist.
Where can I find a 24 hour emergency dentist in Essex?
When you have a dental emergency, you have a few choices for treatment.
In the case of an accident that involves your face, jaw or teeth, you may need to visit the hospital. If you have a severe dental infection that is affecting your ability to breathe or swallow, you should also treat this is an emergency and call 999.
If you are in severe pain outside of your normal dental office hours, you should find a 24-hour emergency dentist. At Billericay Dental Care, we have a 24-hour phone line where you can get advice and support. So if pain strikes at the weekend or in the middle of the night, you should call us on 01277 62 54 56.
If you are in pain during dental hours, call your usual dentist or email Billericay Dental Care and let them know it is an emergency. We will prioritise you and aim to get you seen within 24 hours. We will also be able to give advice on how to manage pain in the meantime.
Many practices will leave room in the day for emergency patients. We can also be able to give you advice on how to manage the pain until you can visit a dentist. We are centrally located to Romford, Southend, Chelmsford and Brentwood.
What emergency dental services do Billericay Dental offer?
We understand that some people are afraid of the dentist and might avoid treatment for as long as possible. If you are struggling with dental pain, it’s important to seek help as soon as possible. It can mean the difference between saving or losing a tooth.
If you are in pain or have suffered a trauma to the face or jaw, get in touch with our friendly reception staff who will be able to advise you on the best possible course of treatment. We can help with all dental emergencies and will advise if a trip to the hospital is necessary.
Remember, dental pain is a sign that something is wrong with your teeth and jaw, so don’t ignore it. The sooner you seek treatment, the sooner you’ll be pain-free and healthy!