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Unsure if you need to see an emergency dentist? 5 signs that you do by Sheen Dental

Are you unsure if you need to see an emergency dental team? You aren’t alone!

In the last year, people have become more aware of when they urgently need to see a doctor or medical professional in relation to symptoms associated with COVID-19. But, it is just as important to know when your teeth need an emergency check-up!

At Sheen Dental, we are exceedingly proud of our ability to offer patients same-day or emergency appointments with our dentist Richmond; all designed to get you out of any discomfort you may be in while also providing you with the top-quality dental care that you deserve! Brilliant!

But what are some of the most common symptoms associated with a dental emergency? Our emergency dentist Richmond lists them below.


One of the most universal indicators that you need to see our emergency dentist Richmond is oral discomfort.

While all dental discomfort is a warning sign, if the discomfort is sudden, sharp or resembles a burning sensation or bruising, it is vital that you seek help from our team. In most cases such as this, these feelings in the oral area or underneath a tooth point to a dental infection which, if left untreated, can damage your jawbone, your soft tissues and can even lead to sepsis.


In cartoons, a person who has a bad tooth is often drawn with a swollen face; there is a reason why!

Even if you aren’t in any discomfort, swelling to the face, gums or underneath the jaw can indicate a myriad of dental issues, such as the formation of an abscess or an impacted tooth. So, the moment you notice that you have an unusual swelling to the facial area, call our team for an emergency appointment to get rid of any infection or resulting pain.

Lost or loose fillings and crowns

A lost restorative like a filling is rarely comfortable and so it is often easy for people to seek out treatment when this happens to them.

But even if you lose a filling or a crown and there is no discomfort, you still need to seek emergency care. Failure to do so may cause a worsening of any decay present or it may even lead to an infection. Don’t risk it and call our team promptly!

Chipped and cracked teeth

More common amongst children and those who play sports, chips and cracks in the enamel may not seem like an urgent issue.

However, as such damage can cause bacteria to get underneath the enamel and cause the formation of decay and cavities, it is important to get such issues resolved as soon as you can.


It is common for people to suffer from ulcers, especially during illness and times of stress.

And while mouth ulcers themselves are rarely something to worry about, if you notice that you have recurring ulcers in the same part of your mouth or you have ulcers that are larger than a five pence piece, you need to see our dental team immediately.


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