No one likes the dentist, but the real difficulty comes from finding one in an emergency. It tends to be during the night, over a bank holiday weekend or a major public holiday like Christmas when people need to see the doctor, or in this case the dentist, in an emergency.
An emergency dentist is always required, though, and some even offer coverage as part of your care plan. An emergency for you may not be an emergency for others. Losing a certain number of teeth most people see as an emergency, but toothache if you are suffering extremes of pain is an emergency for the suffering patient.
By far the most common reasons for an emergency dental visit are either accidental damage to the teeth or through toothache which is producing unbearable pain. For pain management some people may even be referred to A&E, however this will depend on the severity of the pain.
In the case of losing a number of teeth the dentist may feel that a half denture may be needed. Usually though, the dental work consists of giving fillings or extracting wobbly teeth or those teeth in the wrong position (such as wisdom teeth). Fortunately the procedures are carried out without pain to the patient. This can lead to a longer term treatment plan, but the dentist will always do something to help manage the pain and discomfort in the short term.
Other dental procedures such as straightening the jaw and dealing with bleeding gums or ulcers, though important, are not usually an emergency.
After seeing the dentist is advisable to wait before you eat anything. A rest for a hour is generally seen as best.
Avoiding the Need for Emergency Treatment
To prevent the need to see an emergency dentist it is ideal that you brush your teeth twice a day, as well as flossing and using mouthwash twice a day. Your dentist can recommend which products are best for you. It is also important to keep regular check ups – every six months in an ideal world – so that the dentist can keep an eye out for any potential problems.
Even if appointments get cancelled it may be better to pay the fine and carry on, rather than lose the dentist.
It is a good idea to cut down on sugary and starchy food. Starchy foods like crisps are notable for getting into the little crevasses of teeth and causing decay. Sugary drinks-even fruit juices-are known to cause a great deal of bacteria or plaque to build up in the mouth.
No one likes seeing the dentist in bad situations but there is really nothing to worry about. He/she has your best interests at the front of their mind.