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To take dd to the emergency dentist?

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CupcakesForBreakfast Tue 31-Oct-17 07:31:59

Dd has had a wobbly side molar for a few weeks but not bothering her, had her check up last month and had a perfectly healthy tooth.
Woke up yesterday in pain and as I wobbled the tooth some yellow discharge oozed out from underneath. The tooth was loose enough to pull so I got it out and it bled a lot but no pus but I made an appointment with the dentist anyway.
The new adult tooth is partially through and this morning there was pus draining from around the unheated gum/ adult tooth and I can't get a dentist appointment till Thurs.
I'm worried that the infection might spread into the new tooth and roots so was going to take her to emergency dental care, is it emergent enough or shall I wait till Thurs?

Solasum Tue 31-Oct-17 07:33:22

I’d take her to the emergency dentist. Not worth risking the new tooth

Bubblebubblepop Tue 31-Oct-17 07:34:41

Eeekkkk! I'd just phone the dentist and ask what they suggest. I had an emergency one last month for a burst abcess and they said I had to come in quickly to check for infection

Kragghooooooullllll Tue 31-Oct-17 07:34:59

Personally I'd wait and get dd to rinse the area with a salt water solution or corsodyl mouth wash until you can get to the dentist.

Alternating these mouth rinses really helped when I have had impacted/infected wisdom teeth.

wowfudge Tue 31-Oct-17 07:35:23

Have you explained to your own dentist what the issue is? I got an emergency appointment at mine last week same day - they managed to fit me in between appointments. In the meantime, get your daughter to rinse the area with hot salt water.

Rainatnight Tue 31-Oct-17 07:37:06

I'd take her. It could turn into root/abcess problem which is way too much pain for a little one. Poor DD

Bubblebubblepop Tue 31-Oct-17 07:40:28

Kragg- that's ultimately all I ended up doing cleaning with cortisol to prevent infection

I do think though that dentists aren't like GPs. You don't have the same volume of people needing appointments/ emergencies so no big deal to have an emergency appointment

Becles Tue 31-Oct-17 07:42:37

Call thr practice and explain the update. If they can't see her sooner take a book, bottle of water and go to the dentist explaining the situation.

Ask for "an immediately necessary appointment" and tell them that you are happy to wait for a gap in the dentist's diary for dd to be seen.

Just like GPs, NHS dentists are part of the primary care failsafe and should see clinical emergency cases as needed. The decision that it's not an emergency should be made by a clinician.

Just be very polite, insistent and prepared for what could be a long wait until dd can be seen.

CupcakesForBreakfast Tue 31-Oct-17 07:43:53

I'll call her dentist first thing and see if they can fit her in this morning if not it looks like it will be a trip to the emergency dentist

Etymology23 Tue 31-Oct-17 08:34:01

I hope you get seen! I would 100% expect the dentist to squeeze me if for something like this. My dentist has had me in for a tooth repair coming off (to be expected) before because it's sharp and cuts my tongue if I'm not v careful. This sounds worse than that!

CupcakesForBreakfast Tue 31-Oct-17 13:21:27

Thanks for replies everyone, dentist squeezed her in this morning, was told as it's draining on its own and the permanent tooth underneath looks healthy we've just got to keep it clean and come back in a week if it's still draining but all should be ok.

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