Emergency Dental Services & Symptoms

Dental Clinic Room at Sydenham Dental Centre

Here at Sydenham Dental Centre we recognise dental emergencies can happen anywhere and at any time and cannot wait for a scheduled dental appointment. Accordingly, we offer emergency dental services for pain relief during surgery hours.

Call Us on 03 366 7429 for Same Day Emergency Dental Care.

Dental emergencies may be caused by a number of reasons these include; physical trauma to your mouth, acute tooth pain and developing an abscess.

Physical Dental Trauma

If you receive physical dental trauma such as a blow to the mouth during a sporting accident and your tooth is loosened, then – depending on the severity of the injury and of the location of your tooth – the problem may be able to wait for medical attention during normal office hours. However, if the trauma is severe and your tooth is significantly damaged or your tooth is knocked out, then you should immediately seek emergency dental services. If your tooth is loosened, try not to play with it or touch it, leave it in place as best as you can as you head immediately to our dental clinic. If your tooth is broken or knocked out, then clean any obvious dirt off your tooth and bring it with you to our dental clinic, we may be able to reattach it or repair it.

Acute Tooth Pain

Acute tooth pain may be caused by a number of factors including physical trauma to your mouth, an abscess and food making contact with a decayed part of your tooth – among other causes. If you develop acute tooth pain it may become necessary to seek emergency dental treatment. Sometimes dental treatment will be simple and straight forward while at other times, if a major problem has developed, you may require a deep root canal or even an extraction.

Tooth Abscess

Tooth abscesses result from severe infections in the tooth’s root canal or in between the teeth creating a pocket of pus from the bacterial infection. Symptoms of tooth abscesses include:

  • Fever
  • Pain and sensitivity to chewing
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold
  • A bitter taste in the mouth
  • Red and swelling gums as well as a draining sore in your gums
  • Foul odourous breath

If you develop a fever and severe swelling, you should seek emergency dental assistance to relieve the pain and stop the infection from spreading further. Some acute tooth abscesses, if left to fester, can lead to serious and even life threatening situations.

If you require an emergency dentist in Christchurch, call us on 03 366 7429.