Dealing with dental emergencies

There are few life-threatening dental conditions, but if the patient has a swollen face and looks unwell, hospital admission may be necessary. Some severe infections can compromise the patient’s airway so intravenous antibiotics will be needed.

Oral antibiotics are not often necessary for common dental conditions. Toothache has several causes and is best managed with dental treatment rather than antibiotics.

Patients may present complaining of a broken tooth or a lost filling. These are rarely urgent problems and can await dental treatment. If the dental pulp is exposed it is preferable