Got sudden dental pain? How to identify a dental emergency

It happens to the best of us; we are going along with our day to day lives and then, out of the blue, our tooth starts to hurt.


This can happen for numerous reasons, if we are drinking a hot coffee or consuming an ice lolly, getting pain in a tooth or teeth can indicate sensitivity, which is at best, a serious nuisance. Or perhaps we have been playing a rousing game of rugby and suffered a blow to the mouth, that can cause a few aches and pains too.


But when severe pain occurs in the mouth for no identifiable reason, it is time to call an emergency dentist. Also, you might want to book yourself in to see one of our dentists in Zetland for an emergency check-up after that game of rugby too!


What is a dental emergency?


Identifying a dental emergency may seem relatively straight forward; does it hurt? Can you eat or drink? Is there swelling?


Our dentists in Zetland have seen their fair share of dental emergencies and want to help you identify which issues constitute an emergency dental appointment.


Excessive pain


A key signifier of a dental issue is pain. Even if it starts as a dull ache, it can quickly escalate to a blistering sensation that is impossible to ignore.


Although pain is subjective, a few points to note about any potential dental pain is, has it come on suddenly? Is it keeping you awake? Are you unable to eat or drink? Is there a swelling forming? All of these points could indicate an abscess, which requires emergency treatment. Dental professionals, like our dentists in Zetland , are able to prescribe antibiotics, which may be required to clear an abscess, so see them as soon as possible.


Chipped or broken teeth


We are back to that rugby match again.


Many people who are athletic and undertake contact sports run a higher risk of suffering from broken or chipped teeth. Even if you have a minor chip on a tooth and there is minimal to no pain, it is still important to get it looked at by a dentist.


A chipped tooth may look like a clean break, but on a microscopic level there are often cracks in the enamel, which if left untreated, can allow bacteria to enter the tooth and cause problems.


Excessive bleeding


This can occur after a high impact collision or after an extraction has been performed. If you are unable to stop the bleeding, you need to get in contact with an emergency dentist.


They will be able to identify the source of the bleeding, stop the bleeding and suggest specified aftercare to stop the wound from reopening.


These three issues are some of the incidents that constitute a dental emergency. If you are in pain and cannot function, get to your dentist as soon as you can.

We will help you feel better sooner!


All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.