Emergency Dental Treatment

As much as we like to try and plan our day to day, sometimes we simply cannot plan and control some of the things that life throws at us. Accident will happen, and situations will arise, and you will find yourself in need of emergency dental care.

Unlike medical emergencies, where there is the potential for immediate risk to your life, dental emergencies are typically treated and managed in a different way.

If you have a dental emergency, call us and we will endeavour to see you as quickly as possible

What constitutes a dental emergency?

The first thing that you need to do is to assess the severity of the situation so that you can determine your next course of action. Ask yourself some of the following questions.

  • Is there visible damage to the tooth?
  • Have one or more teeth been knocked out?
  • Are one or more teeth loosened after an impact?

  • Do you have a chipped tooth?

  • Has a crown broken off, or has a filling fallen out?

  • Has a piece of the tooth broken off?

  • Is there a fair amount of bleeding?

  • Is the pain severe?

  • Is there swelling that is impacting your eye or throat?

  • Are you experiencing swelling or other signs of an abscess?

  • Have the brackets or other parts of your braces broken loose?

A tooth that is chipped, or in situations where there is only mild discomfort, would not typically be considered an emergency situation. If there is extensive damage to the tooth, significant bleeding, and severe pain, then this will need to be considered a dental emergency. Knocked out or lost teeth should also be considered to be an emergency situation.

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  • Stay calm, and control the bleeding

    Any type of injury or trauma can be unsettling, but it’s important that you do your utmost to stay as calm as is possible. This will help to keep your blood pressure low, and reduce the risk of further complications.

    If you are experiencing a lot of bleeding, your first step should be to try and control it. This can be done by applying a piece of clean gauze or cloth to the area. Bite down on it, carefully but firmly in order to apply pressure. This should help to stem the bleeding, and also help to keep your calm.

    If you are experiencing a significant amount of pain, taking over the counter pain medication like paracetamol and ibuprofen can help you to get on top of the pain that you are feeling.

  • What to do if you are in need of emergency dental treatment

    The first thing that you need to do is to ensure that there is no immediate threat to life. White teeth can be damaged after a blow to the head, it’s important to consider that a head injury warrants being seen by an emergency physician prior to treating dental damage. A head injury can potentially life threatening.

    For situations where the injuries are restricted to the mouth, your emergency treatment should start with working to stem the bleeding until you are able to be seen by your dentist.

    Call the surgery to make an appointment. Be sure to inform us of the extent of your emergency. This will allow us to determine how soon you will need to be seen.

  • What to expect during your emergency appointment

    The goal of your emergency dental treatment will be to reduce your pain as quickly as is possible, and provide you with the best treatment solution for your situation. The type of treatment that you get will be based largely on the emergency problem that you are experiencing.

    It’s important to note that the treatment you receive may well be temporary, if you are getting treatment outside of routine office hours.

    Take care to avoid dental emergency situations by keeping up with your routine dental care. There’s nothing quite as effective as prevention. Maintain a good oral care routine, brushing, flossing and using a quality mouth rinse. And remember to evaluate urgent dental situations based upon the severity of the issue at hand. Unless there has been a severe head injury, most dental emergencies do not warranty calling emergency services.

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What do to if you are in need of emergency dental treatment out of hours

Should the emergency occur outside of regular office hours, you should consider the severity of the situation. If the tooth is chipped, or there is a loose filling or crown, or if the pain is bearable, then you can control the discomfort with over the counter pain medication and call the surgery in the morning to schedule your appointment.

If the situation is much more severe, then you should consider a visit to your nearest accident and emergency department in order to get seen. This is particularly important if you’ve sustained a head injury.

General Dental Treatments

  • Hygiene Treatment with Hygienist (30 mins)
  • Hygiene visit for PRSI patients
  • Fillings – White
  • Fillings – Silver
    from €90
  • Extraction
  • Acrylic-based Dentures
  • Metal-based Dentures
  • Root Canal Treatment (tax allowable)
  • Crowns (tax allowable)
  • Implant Restoration (tax allowable)
    €1100 per unit

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