On Thursday I woke up to find that my lower right wisdom tooth had broken off to the gum line. There are small pieces of it left where each "corner" of the tooth was. Apart from the occasional twinge when I clinch my teeth there is no pain.
Can someone please tell me whether I need emergency dental care immediately or whether it can wait until my next check up? My next appointment is on the 28th of this month and the dental surgery I am registered with does not offer emergency appointments. When it first happened I tried phoning the NHS Direct line to find out the local surgeries that offer them but because of swine flu they have a message saying that they are only taking urgent calls. There don't have anywhere local listed on their website either, except if you consider 52 miles away local... Unfortunately, I cannot really afford to go private right now and I suppose I may need a surgical extraction anyway. Also, I will probably have to have another of my wisdom teeth out after my check up because I'm fairly sure I need a filling in it and it is chipped. As my boss won't allow me to work if my face is swollen and I can't afford to take time off work twice in the space of a month I'd prefer to have them done at the same time.
I have read about the various nasty things that can happen e.g. blood poisoning etc if the root dies and becomes infected. Is infection probable if I leave it or is this just a possibility?