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Dental emergencies; common ones that our dentist treats

Do you have an unrelenting toothache? Or do you have a strange swelling in your mouth?

At dentist on Glasgow, our general dentist for Whanganui New Zealand can offer emergency appointments for our patients, so you can get back on track as soon as possible! Great!

In this short article, our general dentist for Whanganui New Zealand will discuss the most common dental emergencies that we see and how we can treat them when you visit our emergency team. Enjoy!


If you’ve ever had a dental abscess, you will know how uncomfortable it can be.

With the pressure and swelling that occurs with a dental abscess, we do not doubt that you will be more eager than ever to see our general dentist for Whanganui New Zealand! But an abscess must be treated by our emergency team, as soon as possible, to prevent damage to the nerve, the surrounding bone and of course, to prevent sepsis.

We will aim to resolve the discomfort and will usually begin you on a course of antibiotics, after which we will either perform a root canal or an extraction of the tooth.

Cracked or broken tooth

These are more common with people who play sports but if you have a crack or chip to any of your teeth, you need to see an emergency dental team.

This will prevent further damage to the tooth, will stop decay from forming and will protect the nerve of the tooth. How? We usually aim to rebuild the tooth with a composite filling or, depending on how severe the damage is, we may place a crown over the tooth.

Lost or loose restorative

Fillings and crowns are great for restoring damaged teeth but many patients experience them becoming loose or falling out. Neither is good and can be very uncomfortable!

If you suspect that you have either a loose crown, filling or if either has fallen out, then we will need to see you for the same day appointment. This will once again be to prevent an infection from occurring and will ensure that no decay sets into the tooth. If you have the lost restorative, then please bring it in and we will refit it. If you have lost it, we will simply create a new one for you!


Ulcers on the tongue, on the gums or anywhere in the mouth are surprisingly common and can be caused by trauma, illness or stress.

But when do they become a dental emergency? When they bleed, they recur in the same part of the mouth or when they grow to the size of a 5 pence piece. This can point to an early stage of oral cancer and will need to be assessed by our team and referrals made if needed.


Dental swellings can be a sign of gum disease, abscesses or impacted teeth. Irrespective, you will need to have our team assess the cause.

Based on the underlying cause, we may be able to offer you antibiotics, extractions (in the case of impacted teeth) or a scale and polish if the swelling is due to gum disease. As before, if the swelling is of a suspicious origin, we will refer you for tests.


All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.


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