Can I Get an Emergency Tooth Extraction?
If you’re experiencing pain in your mouth it can be extremely uncomfortable and your first reaction may be to go to urgent care. If you think you need an emergency tooth extraction, the best course of action is to book an emergency appointment with a Dentist as they will be able to assist you far faster than if you went to urgent care.
At Didsbury Dental Practice, we are a 24-hour dental surgery in Manchester, available to take emergency appointments at a time that best suits you, without the lengthy wait times. Here you will learn all about what to do in a dental emergency, how to get an emergency tooth extraction and a little more about who we are.
How to know if you need a tooth extraction
If you’re in pain with your tooth it’s difficult to know what procedure or treatment you need. Sometimes you just won’t know until you visit a dentist who will do a thorough examination and tell you what the best course of action is.
Generally, if you are in severe pain and you have tooth decay, an infection, or damage to a tooth beyond repair then you will need an emergency tooth extraction. The best thing to do is to arrange an emergency dentist appointment as soon as you begin to feel moderate discomfort in your mouth.
What to do in a dental emergency
If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, you may not know what to do and this could mean making the wrong decision and taking longer to solve the problem. 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.
Reasons for severe toothache
There are several reasons why you may need a tooth distraction and be experiencing toothache or moderate to severe pain. Here are 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. While 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.
What’s not considered an emergency
You will only need to book an emergency dental appointment if it’s an emergency and you think you’ll need a tooth extraction. If you are experiencing any of the following, you can make a regular appointment with us at a time that is convenient for you:
- If you aren’t experiencing pain
- If your problem is cosmetic
- If you require a permanent restoration
- For check-ups
- Visits to the dental hygienist
- For a second opinion
- For a consultation
- Extractions without pain.
Only book an emergency dental appointment if you are in moderate to severe pain and need dental assistance as soon as possible to ease your pain.
What to expect during your emergency tooth extraction appointment
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.
At Didsbury Dental Practice, we pride ourselves in offering excellent facilities, modern equipment and the best, experienced staff that provide outstanding care. Throughout your extraction and afterwards, you will be taken care of to the highest of standards.
Recovering from your tooth extraction
After your appointment, you will be on the road to recovery. Expect the area to be numb for a few hours after the procedure which means you might find it difficult to eat or drink. For a few days afterwards, the area will be tender so you will need to be careful about what you eat after an extraction.
Eating soft food is best such as:
- Mashed potato
- Soft bread with no crust
- Boiled soft vegetables
- Stewed or steamed spinach
- Mashed beans
- Soft, seedless fruits.
And, here is a list of food and drinks to avoid:
- Fizzy drinks
- Energy drinks
- Dairy products
- Crumbly and crunchy foods
- Spicy foods
- Acidic foods
These can irritate your tender gum as it heals.
Book your emergency appointment with Didsbury Dental Practice
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.
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, if you need an emergency tooth extraction the best thing to do is to visit an emergency dentist. If you go to urgent care, the doctors and nurses who will tend to you aren’t trained in tooth extractions, meaning you will be referred to an emergency NHS dentist, but this could involve long wait times. Choosing a private dental practice like Didsbury Dental Practice means short wait times and excellent care.