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Signs you need to see our emergency dentist in Luton

Updated: Dec 9, 2021

Are you unsure whether you have a loose filling? Can a loose filling wait until your next checkup, or is a checkup more urgently needed?

At Bramingham Dental, we are exceedingly proud of our emergency dentist in Luton and our team will always aim to see any emergency dental cases on the same day that we are called. We will aim to resolve any discomfort and get you back on track as soon as possible!


But what are the signs that you need to see our emergency dentist in Luton? Read on to find out!


Discomfort


A universal indicator that you need to see our emergency dentist in Luton is discomfort; it may have come on suddenly, it may have built gradually, but dental pain will always usually mean you need urgent help.


Dental pain can point to anything from a cavity to a dental abscess, so rather than sit in discomfort, call our team to get a same-day appointment!


Cracked or chipped teeth


Cracks and chips in the enamel are common, especially in children, but these do warrant a bit of a prompt dental appointment.


Why? Because a crack or chip makes the surface of the tooth rough and acts as a magnet for bacteria, which can lead to decay setting in and, of course, tooth sensitivity.


Lost filling or crown


Fillings have an average lifespan of 15 years, and so do most crowns. So, if you have one of these restoratives or both, chances are they may fall out!


And, like most things on this list, this may or may not cause discomfort. However, irrespective of pain, when you notice that a filling or crown has become loose or fallen out, you will need to see our emergency team to have it restored. Delaying this stage may result in the tooth becoming infected and could cause the decay to restart and spread.


Bleeding


Bleeding in the mouth is common if you have just had an extraction or you play a sport that could involve injuries to that area, such as rugby.


Suppose you have a bleed that isn’t stopping despite the application of clean gauze for over 20 minutes, then you need to see our team. This will allow us to assess the cause of the bleed and reduce blood loss.


Swelling


Swelling to the face, under the jawline or anywhere in the mouth should be examined promptly by a member of our team.


Even if the swelling doesn’t cause discomfort, it can be indicative of an issue such as an infection, an impacted tooth or potentially, an allergy. As soon as you spot any signs of swelling in your mouth, please contact our team.


Ulcers


You may be puzzled as to why having an oral ulcer would warrant an emergency dental visit. Ordinarily, it wouldn’t, but if you have recurring ulcers in your mouth or an ulcer that is larger than a 5 pence piece, then you need to seek urgent dental treatment as this can be a symptom of oral cancer.