Jul 19

How to Reduce Your Risk of Dental Emergencies

How to Reduce Your Risk of Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies are never pleasant and you can just about guarantee they will happen when it is least convenient. Here at Midtown Dental Group our dentists make every effort to see people in pain and discomfort as quickly as possible and this initial appointment will help you feel more comfortable while diagnosing the problem.  Some dental emergencies are simply unavoidable, but often there are things you can do to reduce your risk.

Dental Emergencies and Sports Safety, Mouthguards

If you or your kids like to play sports then ask us about a custom-made mouthguard (Learn more: Children’s Preventative Dentistry). This will be far better than anything you can buy over-the-counter, providing maximum protection for your teeth, gums and jaws while being comfortable to wear. Sports mouthguards are made from the very highest quality materials and are custom fitted so they will not hinder your breathing. Your mouthguard will be strong and hard wearing so it should last for quite some time. It’s a far better option than taking the risk of chipping or breaking a tooth, or even worse knocking it out completely. (Learn more reasons to need a children’s emergency dentist).

Great Reasons to Book a Dental Check Up

Toothache is the most common dental emergency, a problem that is often caused by a tooth becoming infected. You may suffer a tooth infection if you have a leaky or crumbling filling, or if a tooth has been badly damaged or is decayed. Once bacteria get into the tooth they can quickly reach the pulp right in the center that contains all the nerves and blood vessels. A tooth infection can be pretty painful and requires urgent treatment to prevent it from developing into an abscess. Dental abscesses can lead to the loss of the tooth and may even affect your general health, making you feel quite unwell.

Regular checkups with one of our dentists will help diagnose any small signs of damage to your teeth so we can provide the most appropriate treatment. This could be as simple as renewing an old filling or restoring a tooth that has the early signs of a cavity. It’s far cheaper and much more comfortable to keep your teeth in good condition through regular dental visits than to risk a dental emergency.

What to Do If You Do Have a Dental Emergency

If you do have a dental emergency then the best thing to do is to get in touch with us as soon as you can. We can schedule an appointment for you to come in and see us, and in the meantime we can provide you with useful information on how to deal with the problem. Certain dental emergencies do require prompt treatment and this is certainly the case if you have a tooth infection that is causing facial swelling or a fever, as this could be caused by an abscess. If you knock out a tooth then we will need to see you as soon as possible as there may be a chance we can reinsert the tooth, but this is only generally the case within the first half an hour to an hour after the accident.

If you do require urgent dental treatment, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We also have an online booking service for your convenience.