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Symptoms of a dental emergency explained by our dentist

When it comes to a healthcare emergency, most people have an idea of what to look for.

Fever, feeling nauseated and collapsing are very high on the list of symptoms that will make someone attend an emergency medical appointment.

However, when it comes to dental emergencies, it is not likely to be so straightforward,

especially as most people associate dental emergencies with discomfort, and this may not be the case. Indeed, many people who are actually experiencing a dental emergency may have no outward symptoms at all, so how do you know what to look for?

At Williston Dental Care, our dentist in Cheshire is always happy to meet with patients who are suffering from a dental emergency and will aim to get you out of discomfort and back on track with your day as soon as possible. We always try to see patients within 24 hours of them contacting the surgery so you can rest assured that any discomfort you may be in will be resolved soon.

But what are some of the most notable symptoms that you may experience when suffering from a dental emergency? Our dentist in Cheshire breaks down some of the most common signs below.


Starting with the most obvious, our dentist in Cheshire states that if you have persistent discomfort with a tooth or teeth, then you need to book a same-day appointment. In most cases, dental discomfort to this level signifies something as severe as a dental abscess to potentially an impacted tooth or even a cavity, all of which will require urgent treatment to prevent the health issues associated with these disorders from occurring.

If you have discomfort that is keeping you awake at night, distracting you at work or preventing you from eating, be sure to call our team.

Lost filling

Most people who have fillings or crowns will be aware that, at some point, they may fall out, especially if they are the older amalgam-based restoratives. So, if you have lost a restorative or have a feeling that one of them is loose, you should aim to see our dental team as soon as possible to have it replaced or re-fitted. Not doing so can allow bacteria to get access to the pulp of the tooth, which can very quickly become a nasty dental infection.


Swelling to the face is never a good sign, particularly when it comes to teeth, and if you notice that one side of your face looks swollen or there is a lump in your mouth or under your jawline, you will need to call our dental team. Swelling can indicate an impacted tooth, a dental abscess or can even point to something like a food allergy, all of which will require same-day medical treatment.


Dental bleeding is not uncommon if you have been in an accident or if there has been a tooth removed. However, persistent bleeding is uncommon, and if you find that you cannot stop a bleed in your mouth, you should contact our dental team to ensure that you do not lose any more blood and that the underlying cause is treated.

Crack or chip

Cracks and chips to the teeth are not unusual, but if you have sustained damage to the enamel of your tooth or part of your tooth has come off, you risk bacteria gaining access to the dentine and the pulp. So, a crack or chip should be treated as an emergency and repaired as soon as possible.


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