If you awaken at midnight with a toothache, it can be a disturbing experience, to say the least.
But it is more common than you think and, while a toothache that wakes you up in the middle of the night is likely to prompt an emergency dental visit, there are many cases of dental emergency that may not be uncomfortable, and thus do not elicit such a prompt response.
At Dublin 18 Dental Rooms, we are always able to offer our patients same-day emergency care. When you see our emergency dentist Dublin, we will take the time to be as gentle as possible, and will always get to the bottom of your dental predicament, advising you on what we think the best treatment option is to get you back on track.
So, what are some of the key signs that you need to see our emergency dentist Dublin? Read on to find out!
You have a toothache
It sounds obvious, but if you have a toothache that is distracting you, feels like a burning, throbbing or just unrelenting discomfort, then you need to see our emergency dentist Dublin as soon as possible.
Indeed, toothache to this level can indicate an abscess, an impacted tooth, or even extensive dental decay, all of which will require treatment as soon as possible to get you out of discomfort.
You have dental swelling
Dental swellings may or may not be uncomfortable.
Indeed, even if you have noticed a gradual swelling to your face, neck, or under your jaw that isn’t hurting, you will still need to have this assessed by our team before it begins to interfere with your ability to eat food or breathe. Much as before, swelling in the oral area is usually a symptom of an abscess or an impacted tooth.
You have lost a filling or crown
Lost restoratives are not uncommon and for many people, they may be uncomfortable.
But, even if you have lost a filling and it is not causing discomfort, you will still need to have it replaced as soon as possible. This is because bacteria can get access to the newly exposed parts of your tooth, and can burrow into the pulp where an abscess can form rather quickly. So, get the tooth filled or the crown refitted!
Your mouth is bleeding
Dental bleeds are common if you engage in contact sports, or if you have recently had a dental extraction. And while some bleeding is normal in the latter or due to trauma, if there is an ongoing bleed that does not slow after 20 minutes of applied pressure, then you need to see our dental team as soon as possible.
You have recurring ulcers
Ulcers are not unusual and are common in those who may be ill or stressed. However, if you are noticing that you are having a higher incidence of ulcers and if they are occurring in the same part of the mouth, or they are larger than a 5 pence piece, then you will need to see us quickly, as this can be an early indicator of oral cancer.