If you feel that you need emergency dental treatment during the working week, contact us at , Maidstone Dental and Implant Centre, emergency dentists in Maidstone as soon as possible and we will arrange for you to be seen in one of our emergency slots.
If you have a problem out of hours please still call the surgery and there will be a message on the answer phone of how you can receive emergency treatment.
You may require urgent treatment if you have:
A toothache or swelling
This is one of the most common reasons patients seek emergency dental treatment and there are a number of different causes.
Pain is often caused by an infection within the root of the tooth. If this is the case the dentist will aim to drain the infection and may prescribe antibiotics to help remove any remaining infection.
You will need to attend for further treatment so a permenant solution can be found. It may be necessary to have a filling, root canal treatment or if it is not possible to save the tooth it will need to be extracted.
Trauma to the face, mouth of teeth following an injury or accident
It is possible that some of the teeth may become loose, crack or chip and if this is the case it is advisable that you see your dentist so that a full assessment can be carried out.
A permanent tooth knocked out
If a permanent tooth is knocked out by direct force it may still be possible to reposition the tooth. Where possible replace the tooth in the socket immediately and seek dental treatment straight away. If there is the potential for the tooth to be swallowed, keep it in a container of body temperature milk. Ensure that the milk is not cold, if it is this will shock the tooth and make in unviable.
Bleeding following an extraction that does not stop or a dry socket
Following a tooth extraction there is the potential for the socket to continue to bleed if the blood does not clot properly. This is most likely to occur in patients who are taking blood thinning medication such a warfarin and aspirin. In these cases it may be necessary for sutures to be used to hold the socket together. These will naturally dissolve after a week or so and just allow the gum more time to heal.
It is also possible if the blood does not clot properly for an infection to develop in the extraction site, this is known as a dry socket. If this happens it can be extremely painful and may smell quite unpleasant. This can be treated by using a warm saline solution to clean the area and then packing the socket with an antibacterial dressing. The site will need to be cleaned regularly to reduce the chance of any further infection.
A broken tooth or lost filling
A broken tooth or lost filling may cause pain because of the sharp tooth edges left behind and because the underlying dentine may be exposed. It is also possible the broken tooth or lost filling may cause aesthetic problems if it is noticeable when you talk or smile.
There are a number of treatment options then available, the tooth may be re-filled, crowned, have root canal treatment or if the prognosis is poor it may need to be extracted. The your dentist will be able to discuss all the possible options with you before you make the decision on how you would like to proceed.
If you feel that you need emergency dental treatment during the working week, contact us at Maidstone Dental and Implant Centre, emergency dentists in Maidstone, on 01622 682 029 ,as soon as possible and we will arrange for you to be seen in one of our emergency slots.
If you have a problem out of hours please still call the surgery and there will be a message on the answer phone of how you can receive emergency dental treatment.