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What Constitutes A Southend Dental Emergency?

For the many people who regularly attend six monthly dental check-ups in the Southend area, the need to contact an emergency dentist in Southend might not be necessary as the dentist in question is more likely be able to spot and treat any problems early on before they escalate into larger issues. That said, it’s always best to be prepared just in case you might feel that you have such an emergency. As a result it’s advisable to firstly know who to call, and secondly understand what constitutes a dental emergency. Let’s take a closer look at both.

Who should you call?

emergency dentist in SouthendFirstly it’s good to know that most clinics operate an emergency out of hours dental service. This Emergency number might differ from the standard reception number so if you’re searching the website then you’ll need to look closely. Alternatively when clinics give out appointment cards it’s usually written on there, so just make sure that you either make a note of it, or know where you can get your hands on the card, if you need it.

But what about if your clinic doesn’t operate an emergency out of hours service or alternatively you can’t contact your dentist?

The answer is to contact NHS Direct. They have a list of emergency dentists and as a result should be able to put you in touch with your nearest NHS dentist in Southend.

What’s a dental emergency?

Okay so now you know exactly who to contact, but what really constitutes a dental emergency? For instance, is a lost filling classed as a dental emergency? How about tooth ache? Southend patients will be different and what constitutes an emergency for one might not for another.

The reality is that there are a number of scenarios in which you feel you might want to contact an emergency evening and weekend dentist. However they generally fall into two categories. These are…

  • Signs of visible tooth damage, or…
  • The onset of any tooth pain that can’t be relieved by over-the-counter pain killers.

First of all, visible damage to teeth is an obvious one and one that is also quite a common occurrence. Teeth can become chipped, cracked, or missing altogether as a result of a trip or fall, an accident, or even when playing sport. Most of the time there’s very little we can do about it and something which more often than not can’t be prevented. If this is the case then you should contact your emergency dentist in Southend as soon as you possibly can.

The second type of dental emergency happens when tooth pain (usually the result of tooth decay) occurs. More often than not this is preventable by paying regular visits to your Southend dentist. The good news is that with regard to tooth pain the problem can usually be cured pretty quickly. In the main, when tooth decay starts to take hold and work its way into the tooth, it’s normally treated easily by means of a simple filling. However on some occasions it can escalate into an abscess which in turn can cause excruciating pain that needs dealing with there and then.

Here at Southend Dental Care our team have the experience and skills to deal with all types of dental emergency. From missing teeth through to fillings, root canals, and extractions we’ll see to it that you’re back to normal as quickly as possible. Contact us on 01702 465 000 or visit our website at to find out more.

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