By Howard Griffiths
A sudden sharp tooth ache, or chipped or cracked tooth will often require you to make an emergency dental appointment. This article takes a look at how you can quickly find an emergency dentist in your area, and it provides several things that you can do in order to ease the pain of a toothache.
Call Your Local Dentist
The first thing to do is to make a phone call to your normal dentist. It doesn’t matter what day or time it is as most dentists will have an out of hours answering machine service which will list information on what to do if you need an emergency dentist. Some dentists will provide the number of a dentist who can be contacted no matter what the time is. Others will be able to refer you to a specialist dentist or dental hospital where they might be able to see you straight away. If the dental emergency happened during standard dental opening hours then they will usually be able to see you the same day. Most dentists leave open slots throughout the day for emergency dental appointments.
If your dental emergency has affected more than the tooth area – for example you think you have a broken jaw bone, then you will need to visit your doctor or go straight to a hospital’s accident and emergency department. Hospitals will be able to stitch up the gums and identify broken bones.
How To Get Help If You Aren’t Registered With A Dentist
Getting registered with a dentist can be hard work, and many of us simply have it as a job we haven’t gotten around to yet. It could be that we have moved house, or our old dentist has closed down. If you are in pain and you haven’t got a dentist you can call, don’t worry!
Use the internet to find the contact details of a local dental practice. You can call them for help and advice, if they are unable to see you as an emergency appointment then they should be able to give you help as to how you can go about seeing a dentist as soon as possible.
Don’t Put It Off
If you are in pain then it is a sign you need to see a dentist. Don’t be tempted to simply put up with the pain and battle your way through it, because this will usually result in the problem getting worse.
There are several things that you can do to relieve the pain while you are on the way to the emergency dentist. You can take an over the counter painkiller. This should help to lower the level of pain that you are feeling. Note that it may not get rid of the pain entirely as some tooth pain is caused by an infection which requires antibiotics to treat. Clove oil can also be used to numb the tooth and reduce the pain from a toothache. To use it, simply apply a few drops of clove oil onto a clean cloth and then press and hold the cloth directly onto the tooth.
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