Can an Emergency Dentist Extract a Tooth?
If you’re in a lot of pain due to a tooth, it can be difficult to know what to do. Some people may rush to urgent care or to the hospital thinking this is the best thing to do, but visiting an emergency dentist is your best option for fast care.
An emergency dentist can perform a tooth extraction if needed. Choosing a dentist like Didsbury Dental Practice means you have access to flexible 24-hour appointments, much shorter wait times than you would experience with an NHS dentist and excellent care.
What to do if you need a tooth extraction
There is nothing worse than the aching pain in your mouth when you need a tooth extracted. As much as you can try your best to look after your dental health, sometimes tooth extractions occur and often out of the blue, meaning you need emergency treatment.
A tooth extraction can be performed by an emergency dentist and at Didsbury Dental Practice, we offer emergency appointments with short wait times and flexible appointments to suit you. Some people tend to think they should go to urgent care with toothache but doctors and nurses aren’t trained to deal with tooth extractions, which is why we recommend booking an emergency dental appointment instead. So no, unfortunately, hospitals aren’t usually the best place if you need a tooth extraction.
Going to urgent care will mean you will need to be referred to an emergency dentist, but as this is done through the NHS, you could experience a long wait and may not get seen on the same day. Going to a private dental practice like ours means far shorter wait times and better flexibility when it comes to booking an appointment.
What is an emergency dentist?
An emergency dentist is trained specifically to deal with tooth emergencies, but what counts as a tooth emergency? This is a tooth problem which requires immediate attention from a dental professional, in order to minimise the risk of serious complications or long-term issues.
Many emergency dentists (such as us at Didsbury Dental Practice) offer out-of-hours emergency care so that patients can access these services outside of 9-to-5 working hours.
If you need urgent dental treatment, call your dentist, as they may be able to offer you an emergency appointment. You will usually be seen immediately or within 24 hours.
If the dental practice is closed, then their answerphone message will advise you on what to do.
If you don’t have a dentist, or you cannot find an emergency dental appointment, use the NHS 111 online or telephone service, and the telephone operator will direct you to the appropriate services.
Reasons for a tooth extraction
There are several reasons why you may need a tooth distraction and some of the common reasons are:
- Severe tooth decay that has led to rotting or damage to the root and gum. You can try to avoid this by booking regular check-up appointments with us as well as visiting our dental hygienist.
- If a tooth has been broken and cannot be saved. This could result from an accident or something as simple as chomping down on a piece of food that is too hard. Whilst our teeth are hardy and durable; they are not indestructible, so emergency treatment to remove a broken tooth is common.
- If an abscess or infection around a tooth has formed, it could mean that the tooth needs to be removed to eliminate the infection. There is as much as 46% of adults may experience this type of oral infection during their lifetime.
Tooth infections can be very painful and severe if left untreated. If you suspect you have a tooth infection and you are in considerable pain, particularly pain that spreads throughout your jaw and neck, open, oozing or sore gums and other symptoms such as a bitter taste in your mouth or a high temperature, you must see an emergency dentist immediately.
Whatever your reason for needing to have a tooth removed, when it is causing extreme pain or is putting your more comprehensive oral health at risk, an emergency extraction is always recommended and we have specialist dentists at Didsbury Dental Practice who are able to do this for you. A tooth extraction is not always needed so you can discuss your options with the emergency dentist.
When to book an emergency dental appointment
If you begin to experience toothache, don’t let it get to the point of agony before booking your appointment. Book in quickly so the emergency dentist can investigate the problem early and save you the bother of living in pain for longer.
In many cases, it could only be very mild toothache that goes away on its own and the cause is unknown but toothache can become very severe and it certainly isn’t something anyone wants to experience.
Learn more about tooth extractions
Now you know where to go for an emergency tooth extraction and some of the reasons why you may need one, you probably want to know a little more about what an extraction entails.
You’ll be happy to know that emergency tooth extractions aren’t painful because your dentist will numb the area first. You may feel some pressure and some light tugging but nothing more than that. Your dentist will make sure you are comfortable before doing a full examination of your mouth to find the root cause of the problem.
Once the problem has been established, they will make a plan on the best course of action and that could mean having your tooth extracted. It shouldn’t take longer than an hour and you should feel instant relief once the treatment is done. You may be tender around the area for a few days and it will feel a little strange at first.
What to do after a tooth extraction
Now you know what to do in an emergency dental situation where an extraction is needed, there are a few things you can do afterwards to help ease your discomfort and help it to heal.
What to eat
In an emergency situation, you may not always know you’re going to have an extraction so you can’t help but eat and drink beforehand. In some cases, such as if you’re having a wisdom tooth removed, you may be asked to not eat or drink anything before the procedure.
Afterwards, though, the area where you have had the extraction will feel a little strange and it might be tender for a few days, so it’s important to not eat or drink foods or liquids that are going to irritate your gum.
Here are some examples of what you can eat for a few days after an extraction:
- Scrambled eggs
- Mashed potato
- Soft bread with no crust
- Boiled soft vegetables
- Stewed or steamed spinach
- Mashed beans
- Soft, seedless fruits.
We recommend avoiding dairy after your extraction too.
Didsbury Dental Practice
We are a 24-hour Manchester Dentist offering emergency dental appointments as well as check-ups, dental hygiene appointments and many other dental services. Situated in a lovely leafy neighbourhood of southern Manchester, we are ready to welcome new patients and we look forward to welcoming you to our premier dental facilities.
Since we are open 24 hours, we have emergency dental appointments usually on the same day and at a time that is best for you so you don’t have to live with tooth pain.
To conclude, can an emergency dentist extract a tooth? Yes! If you are experiencing toothache, don’t be tempted to rush to the emergency room or urgent care because doctors and nurses aren’t trained in tooth extractions therefore you will be referred to an NHS emergency dentist, which could mean lengthy wait times. Book an emergency dental appointment with us and be seen quickly.