Emergency Dental Care

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There are few things more distressing than an overwhelming tooth ache, or gum infection or a cosmetic crisis. It is also not too uncommon an event for distressed parents to call regarding a child’s tooth that may have been broken or even knocked out completely.

AT DENTAL LOVING CARE WE CARE FOR OUR PATIENTS AS IF THEY WERE FAMILY AND AS SUCH WE WILL ATTEMPT WHENEVER POSSIBLE TO SEE OUR PATIENTS TIMEOUSLY IN THE EVENT OF A CRISIS.

See below for more information

Severe Toothache

Most severe toothaches result from the nerve inside the tooth dying. This results in an unrelenting dull persistent ache which often throbs and quite commonly radiates making the source of discomfort difficult to localise.

Pain on biting and increased pain with temperature changes are commonly described. In most situations the treatments options are either a root canal therapy (nerve is removed from tooth) or an extraction of the offending tooth.  Antibiotics are sometimes useful as a short term interim measure but typically require 1-2 days of use before being therapeutically effective. Unlike infection elsewhere in the body it is almost never adequate to rely on the antibiotics for anything other than very short term control until definitive intervention takes place.

Sometimes antibiotics and painkillers are suggested as the first line of treatment until the infection is under control and only then is treatment initiated of course there other causes of severe toothache and a diagnosis made by the dentist in person is recommended whenever possible

Gum infection

Gum infections typically present relating to either periodontal disease, advanced failure of a root canal system or can be associated with a partially erupted but impacted wisdom tooth antibiotics are sometimes useful as a short term interim measure but typically require 1-2 days of use before being therapeutically effective. Unlike infection elsewhere in the body it is almost never adequate to rely on the antibiotics for anything other than very short term control until definitive intervention takes place. Sometimes antibiotics and painkillers are suggested as the first line of treatment until the infection is under control and only then is treatment initiated.