Healthy teeth and good dental hygiene can be imperative to maintaining an overall general wellness and positive attitude towards life. Teeth form the bedrock for your diet, give your face shape, and afford you the ability to smile – which is always nice.

However, as anyone will tell you, accidents DO happen, and quite often teeth are chipped, lost or damaged through some reason or other.

Perhaps you were overzealous during the deciding quarter of that all important five-a-side football match, maybe too keen to eat your favourite toffee, or perhaps you simply slipped on a patch of icy road – the possibilities are endless, but the results are generally the same.

If you have lost, damaged or chipped a tooth, it’s essential that you seek out an emergency dentist in Beacons field immediately, to minimise the risk of further detrimental effect on the damaged tooth or surrounding area.

There when you need it

Emergency dental treatment can span across all aspects of dentistry, from the severe to the relatively mundane – but most often centres around broken or chipped teeth, toothache, trauma avulsed teeth, facial swelling and lost or damaged fillings.

Upon damaging a tooth or teeth, a patient must immediately seek out an emergency dental practitioner. The quicker that treatment is sought afterwards, then the higher the likelihood that the tooth can be re-inserted (if it is lost) and the risk of further damage to surrounding teeth is minimised.

The process of undertaking emergency dental treatment would initially consist of an X-ray being carried out, to assess the extent of the damage and how best to carry out treatment.

After an X-ray has been carried out and an assessment of the damage to the affected and surrounding teeth, depending on the results and severity of the patient’s discomfort a general anaesthetic may be administered to reduce their pain and allow the required treatment to be carried out with ease.

The next stage in the process would consist of the surrounding and affected area of the patient’s mouth being sterilised, to minimise the risk of infection or any further damage arising.

Upon assessing the extent of the damage, administering a sedative (if required) and sterilising the surrounding area, the dentist would then carry out the appropriate dental procedure required, which may involve removing or replacing, either part of, or the entire tooth in more severe instances.

Prevention is the best treatment

If you’ve lost or damaged your teeth, the sooner you receive treatment, the higher the likelihood that the issue can be dealt with without too much invasive, painful and often expensive dental treatment.

Your teeth form the bedrock of the structure of your jaw and face, if there is a dental emergency which is not dealt with swiftly, it can result in the structure of a patient’s face being visible altered which can have a largely negative effect on their self-esteem and confidence.

Another reason to seek treatment out quickly is that it minimises the risk of infection spreading to the patient’s surrounding teeth, which would only result in further damage, pain and expense on their part.

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