What counts as a dental emergency in Cardiff?

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Emergency Dentists in Cardiff

When it comes to dental emergencies, many of us fail to call a dentist because we aren’t sure what counts as an actual emergency.

Some of us often put up with toothache and pain telling ourselves that it will go away if we ignore it because a trip to the dentist means taking the time out of work, not to mention the added expense of treatment costs.

Here are some different conditions that might require emergency treatment, to help you decide if it counts as a dental emergency in Cardiff:

Broken teeth

It doesn’t matter how old you are, your teeth can break at any time or any age and if this happens, you should call your dental practice straight away or at least at your earliest convenience.  When your teeth break, you are often more likely to develop an infection and this can lead to further dental problems which can include tooth loss.  By calling your dentist as soon as your tooth breaks, it may be possible to save damaged teeth or remove the badly broken ones to prevent other issues arising.

Knocked-out teeth

The start of the RBS Six Nations often marks the start of a new crop of rugby players, inspired by watching their idols.  If you have one or more of your teeth knocked out during a sporting game, you should get dental care as soon as possible.  Ideally, you should try and get to the dental practice within a couple of hours of the damage occurring so that treatment can be applied and the lost tooth saved.  If this happens you should store the tooth in a cup of milk, which will keep the tooth minerals alive and give your tooth a better chance of being saved.  Milk is better than water because water will cause the root to swell up and this will kill the tooth quicker.

Gum disease

The most common cause of gum disease is usually due to poor oral hygiene that has allowed plaque to build up along the gum line.  This might not seem like an emergency as you might not be feeling any pain at this stage, but it can quickly deteriorate leaving you requiring an emergency appointment.

If gum boils develop along the gum line, this means that the bacteria have moved further into the tissue and the teeth, making you more at risk of disease.  Gum disease can lead to tooth loss and possibly other health problems later on.


A simple toothache might not appear to be a serious issue at the time but if left it can become more painful and it can also develop into something much more serious.

Toothache is usually related to decay that has damaged the tooth structure and this won’t get better without professional dental care.

You might be tempted to simply take some painkillers and try to ignore the pain but this is only a short-term solution and you should get to a dentist as soon as possible.

Broken braces

If the wires on your braces break or become loose, it is best to book an emergency appointment because if the braces are still putting pressure onto the teeth, this could cause damage and long term injuries to the roots.  If you have broken teeth, your dentist will have to remove the braces which will cause complications with your treatment.

Cardiff Emergency Dentist

If you are suffering with any of these symptoms or conditions and you would like to speak to a dentist in Cardiff that is available for emergency appointments call Bamboo Dental and the team on 029 2056 9769.  They can provide twenty-four hour emergency services with a 24 hours booking system. Cardiff Emergency Dentist, Bamboo Dental Cardiff