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Emergency Dentistry

Emergency dentistry is a 24 hour service provided to treat patients in need of urgent dental care. We have experienced emergency dentists on hand to reduce pain, prevent infection and restore dental health. Accessing emergency dental care for oral trauma is important to preserve existing dental structure and prevent the onset of infection and health complications.

Accessing Emergency Dental Care

Individuals and families who are patients or who aren't already patients may access the 24 hour emergency dental service by phoning our clinic for an emergency appointment. Doing so as soon as an emergency takes place will mean individuals receive urgent care before their condition worsens.

When a person attends an emergency dental appointment, a written urgent care plan is provided outlining what treatment is needed to restore oral health, including benefits, risks and costs. Patients are required to consent to treatment before emergency care is given.

Emergency treatment may be preventative and other appointments can be necessary. This depends on the severity of oral health condition. All diagnostic tests including X-rays and CT scans are retained within the patient's record for their future care.

The natural inclination is to panic or stress when an emergency occurs. By being prepared the dental emergency can be handled better and with peace of mind.

Aim of Emergency Dental Care

Modern emergency dental care is now far more comprehensive, treating not only the source of oral pain and discomfort but correcting dental function as well. For example, patients suffering from sudden dental or oral pain may access emergency dental care. The cause of pain may be an infection in dental structures identified through emergency diagnostic tests.

Part of their emergency dental treatment may include root canal treatment to eradicate the infection and pain. Further appointments may then be made for a later stage to provide tooth restorations or dental implants where preferred.

All dentists, including emergency dentists, aim to preserve existing tooth structure, reduce need for dental extraction, treat oral discomfort and restore oral health as soon as possible. To this end emergency dental care includes a range of dental treatment choices.

Emergency Dental Treatments

Typical emergency problems requiring dental treatment include:

  • Dental trauma
  • Dental avulsion
  • Wisdom tooth pain
  • Tooth fractures and cracked teeth
  • Dental phobia
  • Toothache or dental pain
  • Gum infection
  • Periodontitis
  • Reversible and irreversible pulpitis
  • Broken tooth restorations
  • Damaged cosmetic dentistry restorations
  • Broken orthodontic devices
  • Denture breakage or damage

All of these conditions may potentially result in a dental emergency, which is encouraged for immediate treatment to restore oral health and comfort. Leaving emergency dental conditions untreated may raise the risk of oral infection and dental trauma, which in the long run can be detrimental to health and become costlier the longer it is left untreated.

Dental Trauma

Dental trauma including tooth fracture or knocked out teeth may occur due to a number of reasons. Accidents, sporting injuries and assaults can result in dental trauma and require emergency dental care. Tooth fractures and cracked teeth may be restored through composite bonding, fillings, crowns, inlays and onlays, and veneers.

Dental Avulsion

Dental avulsion occurs when a tooth is knocked out. It is best to try and find the knocked out tooth and keep it for dental re-insertion as soon as possible. If an avulsed tooth cannot be saved an artificial tooth replacement, such as a crown or bridge, may be used to restore dental structure and function.

Wisdom Tooth Pain

Wisdom tooth pain is a common reason why young people seek emergency dental care. Our oral surgeons assess the wisdom tooth condition and can provide wisdom tooth extraction to improve oral health. Patients are administered local anaesthetic prior to pain-free treatment and have the option of sedation treatment to feel entirely relaxed during urgent care.

Dental Phobia

Fear of the dentist and dentistry is not uncommon and even patients in desperate need of urgent care may avoid treatment due to dental phobia. We provide patients with dental phobia treatments, such as IV sedation or conscious sedation, for pain-free care so that individuals receive the emergency dental care they need. Untreated dental emergency conditions may lead to medical emergencies.

Dental Pain or Toothache

Toothache or dental pain is commonly caused by gum infection brought on by oral diseases, such as Periodontitis, Caries and Cancer. Our emergency dental care includes treatment of oral disease symptoms and referral for screening to identify the cause of dental pain. Gum bleeding and swelling, mouth abscesses and loose teeth are all signs of gum disease.

Reversible Pulpitis

Reversible pulpitis is another dental condition that may cause toothache, tooth pain and sensitivity. The enamel of the tooth becomes worn or damaged by bacteria, exposing inner dentin and pulp that contain nerves and blood vessels. To prevent pain and infection emergency dentists may use white fillings, inlays and onlays as part of treatment. Receiving proper care for reversible pulpitis protects the tooth so the condition does not worsen.

Irreversible Pulpitis

Irreversible pulpitis occurs after the reversible pulpitis stage when bacteria have colonised in the tooth pulp causing nerve damage. Individuals often experience severe dental pain after periods of untreated milder toothache triggering the need for emergency dental care. Painkillers do not alleviate or eliminate the pain caused by irreversible pulpitis.

Root canal Treatment

Emergency dentists provide root canal treatment to remove infection and bacteria to save the tooth. However, tooth preservation does depend on the extent of damage. There is the possibility of re-infection after root canal treatment. In this event emergency dental care is provided to alleviate the pain and remove infection by repeating root canal treatment. The option of root canal treatment may not be suitable for all.

Tooth Extraction

If the need arises to remove teeth and tooth root patients have various options to replace the missing tooth, such as crowns, bridges and partial dentures. However, people tend to opt for dental implants that fuse with existing bone structure, serving as strong artificial tooth roots on which restorations are secured. Where jaw bone structure is weak it may be strengthened through bone grafting to allow insertion of dental implants.

Dental Cysts

Dental cysts cause severe pain when they surround the tooth. Some individuals experience recurring cysts and may opt for tooth extraction. Although dentists strive to save existing teeth patients may prefer to have the tooth removed to prevent further pain.

Tooth Cusp Damage

Front incisor teeth may become fractured during biting down on hard foods while posterior molar teeth may fracture from intensive chewing. When the cusp of the tooth breaks or cracks, emergency dentists use an overlay, crown or cap made of ceramic, metal, gold or zirconium to restore the tooth for healthy eating. Patients are offered options in treatments for emergency dental care.

Damaged Dental Restorations

Just as existing teeth may become damaged so may teeth restorations. These include crowns, fillings, veneers, bridges, dentures and dental implants. Our clinic provides emergency and non-emergency dental restoration repair or replacement so patients may enjoy healthy oral function without delay.

Damaged Orthodontic Devices

Orthodontic devices can break and require repair. At our clinic we provide emergency denture repair and adjustment, braces repair and adjustment, and re-bonding of dental restorations that fracture or become loose.

Receiving emergency dental care for broken orthodontic devices is important for continued treatment and restoration of the brace device. Trying to self-repair or wear a damaged orthodontic device may lead to oral injury and infection. Professional orthodontic device repair is available through our emergency dental services.

We aim to maintain, restore and replace any parts of brace systems that become damaged, whether they are wire, ceramic or plastic. Braces treatments available to patients include Invisalign, Clearstep, Inman Aligner, Damon braces and Lingual braces.

Importance of Early Emergency Dental Care

Emergency dental care prevents medical crisis and enables individuals to enjoy restored oral health, eating and communication without pain, discomfort or trauma. Vulnerable people, such as children, those with disabilities and older persons, are at risk of health complications if dental emergencies are not cared for. Our emergency dental care is accessible 24 hours a day so that those in need of urgent dental care may receive timely treatment.

Baker Street

Dental Clinic

Dr Watson Chambers 102 Baker Street London, W1U 6FY

020 8563 8063

Liverpool Street

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9 Artillery Lane, London E1 7LP

0207 247 7151

Earls Court

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221 - 225 Old Brompton Rd, Earls Court, Kensington London SW5 0EA

020 7370 0055

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34 Caledonian Road, London N1 9DT

0207 278 6362