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Signs of a dental emergency from our general dentist

Nobody likes an emergency, especially when it comes to teeth. In general, dental emergencies are usually perceived as being exceedingly uncomfortable. So much so that dental surgeries that offer emergency treatment can do so 24 hours a day in some cases.

It is not always this straightforward, and there are some dental emergencies which require urgent treatment which may not cause any discomfort at all. But you still need to be aware to ensure that your oral health does not decline.

At the Dentist on Glasgow, we can offer you emergency dental care through our general dentist for Whanganui New Zealand, who will always aim to see you within 24 hours. If you contact our surgery team, we will aim to triage you over the phone to assess if you are indeed suffering from a dental emergency and will then book you in for the next available emergency appointment.

With that in mind, what are some of the signs that you may be suffering from a dental emergency? Read on to find out!

Excessive discomfort

If you have ever had a cavity in your mouth, you will be familiar with the discomfort that it can bring, as it is usually sensitive to hot and cold stimuli. However, in the case of most dental emergencies, this discomfort is excessive and unrelenting, while also being sensitive to heat-related stimuli and even pressure on the tooth. If you notice any of these symptoms, you need to contact our general dentist for Whanganui New Zealand to set up an emergency appointment, as you may have a dental abscess.

Swelling (painful or not)

Swelling can also point to a dental abscess or an impacted tooth and it may appear suddenly or gradually. Either way, if you spot any swellings around your mouth, to the face or under the jaw, then you need to see our general dentist for Whanganui New Zealand as soon as possible to have the cause of the swelling assessed and the underlying issue treated.

Lost filling or crown

The old fashioned fillings and crowns that were made from amalgam are prone to coming loose and falling out, due in part to the fact that they are made from a metal, which reacts to hot and cold stimuli in your mouth. Not great if you are a fan of drinking hot tea! If you have concerns that one of your restoratives is loose, or if you realise that one of them has completely fallen out, you need to contact our emergency dental team as soon as possible, to have it refitted and to prevent any sensitivity or further decay.


Bleeding from the mouth is usually the result of trauma to the face and should not be taken lightly. If after applying pressure onto the wound for 20 minutes you do not notice a change in the flow of blood, then you need to see our emergency team to have the injury sutured or stitched.


Most people have had an oral ulcer, usually following an illness or during times of high stress. If you have recurrent ulcers in the same part of the mouth, which look yellow or are larger than a 5 pence piece, then you urgently need to see our dental team for an appointment, as this can be one of the earliest indicators of oral cancer.


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


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