April 30th, 2018
It’s very common for patients to experience nerves and anxiety when they’re faced with the prospect of having dental treatment. Dental phobia is one of the most common fears, and even those who don’t have a phobia can develop feelings of anxiety when they’re sat in the waiting room. At 24 Hour Emergency Dentist, we understand that many patients feel apprehensive, and we are committed to doing everything possible to eliminate pain and create a relaxing, calming environment.
How we provide pain-free treatment
Many patients experience nervousness because they have a fear of pain. Sadly, dental treatment tends to have a bad write-up, and people often feel anxious because of stories they’ve heard or read. If you go into an appointment thinking that it’s going to be really painful, it’s no wonder that you feel uneasy. We are here to allay your fears and help you to feel more comfortable. We use advanced treatments, technology and techniques to reduce pain, speed up treatment and help you to stay calm while you have treatment.
Our dental team is experienced in caring for nervous patients, and we can cater for your requirements. If you’re nervous about having emergency dental treatment, we can provide local anaesthetic to prevent pain, and we may also be able to offer sedation for more complex procedures. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to speak to your dentist. It is our mission to help you to get over your fear and make you feel as confident and calm as possible.
If you do have treatment under sedation, this will make you feel drowsy, but it will ensure that you don’t experience any pain during the procedure. Sedation isn’t the same as general anaesthetic and it is used widely in medicine and dentistry to alleviate anxiety and keep pain at bay. Your dentist will explain exactly what is going to happen, and they will be happy to answer any questions you have.
Dental anxiety can make patients avoid the dentist for long periods of time, which can often increase the risk of injuries and infections. If you find yourself in a situation where you need urgent help, don’t be afraid to get in touch. We are here to help you and we can provide pain-free, hassle-free treatments that will put a smile back on your face.
April 2nd, 2018
Many people use dentures to restore oral function after the loss of natural teeth. Dentures are custom-designed sets of prosthetic teeth, which enable you to smile and eat with confidence if you’ve lost your natural teeth as a result of an injury, decay or gum disease. Dentures are built to last, and they are robust, but they’re not invincible, and they can get damaged and broken. If you’ve got broken dentures, you’re probably searching for a swift solution. Nobody wants to be without their denture for days on end. This is where our expert dental team comes in handy. If you need urgent dental repairs, we’re here to help!
Fixing broken dentures
If you’ve dropped your denture onto a hard floor or your denture has become misshapen or damaged as a result of exposure to heat, for example during cleaning, our dental experts can help. We are hugely experienced when it comes to providing rapid results, and we’ll do our best to reunite you with your denture as quickly as possible. We offer 24-hour denture repairs and we strive to provide you with same-day treatment. In some cases, where the damage is extensive, we may need a little longer, but we’ll work as speedily as possible.
If your denture is cracked or broken or it doesn’t fit properly due to damage or a change in shape, why not get in touch with us today? We will aim to see you and get your denture back to you as quickly as possible. When you see your dentist, they will have a good look at the denture and then discuss your options with you. In most cases, we’ll be able to carry out swift repairs and get your denture back to you the same day. Call now to book an appointment!
March 31st, 2018
Dental injuries can happen at any time, in any place. Unfortunately, accidents usually happen when you least expect them, but the good news is that we’re always here to help in your hour of need. If you have a broken tooth, don’t panic.
What to do with a broken tooth
If you’ve broken your tooth and it’s a substantial break, rather than a minor chip, we recommend urgent dental treatment. Give us a call and we will try and see you as fast as possible. A fractured tooth can cause pain, but there’s also a risk of further damage to the tooth without treatment.
When you see your dentist, they will take a look at the tooth and do an X-ray to establish the extent of damage and ascertain the best course of action. If the tooth is damaged extensively, a temporary crown may be placed to protect it and then a permanent crown can be fitted. If the tooth is chipped, solutions like cosmetic bonding could be an option. Your dentist will discuss all the treatment options with you before they move onto the next stage. If you do need a crown, a temporary restoration will be placed and an impression will be created and sent away to the dental laboratory. The permanent crown should be ready around 2 weeks later.
If you’ve been involved in an accident or you’ve been injured playing sport, and your tooth has been knocked out, it may be possible to save the tooth, but this requires immediate action. You can either try and implant the tooth back into its socket or you can store the tooth in a glass of milk or lukewarm water until you can reach us. It’s essential to try and avoid touching the tooth roots.
We firmly believe that prevention is always better than cure, and recommend wearing seat belts, using mouth guards for sport and avoiding using the teeth to open bottles or bite off labels to try and reduce the risk of injuries.
If you’re struggling with an unexpected dental injury, and you need urgent help, contact us. We have an experienced dental team ready and waiting to ease your pain and put a smile back on your face.
March 2nd, 2018
Are you in pain? If you’ve got toothache and the pain has become more severe or it’s come on very suddenly, don’t suffer in silence. Severe dental pain can make life a misery, but it can also be a sign of an underlying issue that requires immediate treatment, such as an infection. If your tooth is decayed or infected, we may recommend endodontic treatment. This field of dentistry is concerned with the dental pulp, the living tissue of the tooth. If the pulp becomes infected, root canal treatment may be recommended. This procedure can help to alleviate pain, and prevent infection from spreading. In many cases, it is used as an alternative to extracting the tooth.
What does root canal treatment involve?
Root canal treatment is a procedure that is designed to remove infected pulp tissue in a bid to protect the tooth from harmful bacteria, which can spread to the tooth roots. The root canals are cleaned and cleared, damaged pulp tissue is removed and the root canals are sealed to form a protective barrier. The procedure is carried out under local anaesthetic to prevent pain, and it’s common to strengthen the tooth with a crown afterwards.
Root canal treatment is a procedure many patients dread because its reputation precedes it. However, this is actually a very effective and relatively straightforward dental treatment, which can make the difference between saving and losing a tooth and ensure that you feel more comfortable. We understand that most people are apprehensive about undergoing dental treatment, but we can assure you that you’ll be in safe hands with our expert dentists.
If you’re suffering with dental pain or you’ve started to experience bouts of severe discomfort, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’ll do our best to have you smiling again as quickly as possible.
February 28th, 2018
The wisdom teeth have something of a bad reputation and this is because they can be very painful when they appear. For many people, the wisdom teeth erupt and develop without any issues, but sometimes, they can cause discomfort. This is usually due to the fact that there is a lack of space available in the jaw for the new teeth. If you are suffering from pain, here are three things you can do to reduce wisdom tooth discomfort.
- Take over the counter painkillers: if you have dental pain, over the counter painkillers can help to alleviate symptoms and make you feel better. Make sure you read the labels and stick to the recommended dosage. If you’re unsure what to take, we can help or you can ask a pharmacist for advice. Take care if you’re already taking medication for an underlying illness; in this case, seek advice from your pharmacist.
- Apply an ice pack: when your wisdom teeth are coming through, this can cause your gums to become painful and swollen. If you’ve got sore gums, applying an ice pack can help to reduce inflammation and ease pain. Make sure the ice pack is wrapped in a cloth or towel to prevent direct contact with the skin.
- See your dentist: wisdom tooth pain can come and go very quickly without any need for treatment, but if you have persistent pain or your pain is very severe, call and make an appointment. Sometimes, the teeth can become infected or impacted (when they push against the neighbouring tooth) and in this case, it is often best to remove them to prevent any further problems.
February 2nd, 2018
Have you lost a tooth in an accident or whilst playing sport? If you lose a tooth, don’t panic! It may be possible to save the tooth if you act quickly.
What to do if you lose a tooth
If you’ve had a tooth knocked out, try and locate the tooth as quickly as possible. If the tooth is still intact, holding it by the crown, gently clean it and wipe off any dirt or dust. If you’re not squeamish, you can try and reinsert the tooth into the socket. Do this by very gently easing the tooth into the hole from which it came. If you can’t bear to do this, give us a call and we will see you as soon as possible, In the meantime, avoid touching the tooth roots and keep the tooth in a glass of lukewarm water or milk. If you haven’t got access to a glass or any liquid, hold the tooth very carefully between your gum and the inner cheek (this will keep the tooth moist). Note that this advice is for adults only.
When you see your dentist, they will try and re-implant the tooth back into the socket. If this isn’t viable and it’s not possible to salvage the tooth, there’s no need to worry. We have some excellent tooth replacement treatments available, including dental bridges, dentures and dental implants.
Preventing dental injuries
In dentistry, prevention is always better than cure. Some accidents are inevitable, but there are often steps you can take to try and reduce the risk. These include wearing a mouth guard when you play sport, wearing a seatbelt in the car and avoiding using your teeth to cut labels or remove bottle tops. It’s also wise to avoid fighting at all costs.
If you need urgent dental assistance, don’t hesitate to get in touch!
January 31st, 2018
If you’ve broken your dentures, don’t panic! We are here to help!
What to do if you have an accident
If you’ve had a fall or you’ve dropped your dentures by accident, there’s no need to fret. We have an expert team of dentists and technicians available to carry out repairs and work on replacements if the denture cannot be salvaged.
We understand the difference dentures can make to day to day life and we try and respond to unexpected accidents and emergencies as quickly as possible. Our aim is to replace or repair your denture with minimal impact.
If you need help, we’re here, so don’t hesitate to get in touch!
Preventing denture damage
Sometimes, it’s impossible to prevent accidents, but if you do have a denture, it’s really beneficial to try and look after it as best as you can. When you’re not wearing your denture, keep it somewhere safe and always clean your denture over a bowl of water or a soft cloth or towel. This will help to prevent damage if the denture does slip out of your hands.
We recommend attending regular dental appointments to make sure that your denture works effectively and prevent sore spots and irritation. Your mouth changes shape on a continual basis and this means that the denture may not fit as well as it did to begin with after a period of time. If you start to find your dentures uncomfortable or you’re struggling with them in any way, don’t wait for your next scheduled appointment. Give us a ring and we’ll do our best to find a solution swiftly.
January 11th, 2018
After weeks of anticipation, the festive period has flown by, and it’s time to approach a brand new year. If you’re looking for inspiration for New Year’s resolutions, why not make your health a priority and pay more attention to safeguarding your smile? Here are 4 things you can do to protect your teeth in 2018:
- Improve your oral hygiene regime: if you don’t already brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time, now is the time to make some changes. Brushing is so important because it removes bacteria and food debris from the mouth before it forms plaque. Set a timer or buy a brush with an inbuilt timer to make sure you brush thoroughly.
- Use fluoride toothpaste: fluoride is a mineral, which can help to reduce the risk of dental decay by strengthening the enamel surface. Using fluoride toothpaste could help to make your teeth stronger and more resistant to cavities.
- See your dentist every 6-9 months: it’s so important to keep up to date with dental checks. Seeing your dentist on a regular basis can reduce the risk of gum disease and decay by up to 60 percent. If you can’t remember the last time you had a check-up, make 2018 the year you see your dentist more.
- Stop snacking: you may think that the only problem related to grazing throughout the day is weight gain, but snacking can also be incredibly harmful for your teeth. When you eat, your enamel weakens temporarily. If you’re eating all the time, this means that your teeth are under constant attack. It’s particularly beneficial to avoid sugary and acidic foods and drinks, which increase the risk of enamel erosion.
December 23rd, 2017
It’s nearly holiday season, and nobody wants to spend their well-earned time off nursing a dental injury. If you’re keen to keep a smile on your face this Christmas, here are 3 top tips to take on board:
- Stick to your oral hygiene regime: just because it’s Christmas doesn’t mean you can give up on brushing. In fact, brushing is even more important than usual given the dazzling array of festive treats most of us tend to consume. Take two minutes to clean your teeth every morning and evening using fluoride toothpaste.
- Go easy on the sugar: it’s Christmas, and for most of us, that means that we have an excuse to eat whatever we want, whenever we want. There’s nothing wrong with indulging over the festive period but try and keep an eye on your sugar intake. You don’t have to have chocolate for breakfast or consume an entire packet of mince pies just because it’s Christmas. Try and avoid eating between meals and wait an hour after eating to brush your teeth to protect your enamel.
- Don’t use your teeth as a bottle opener: we’ve all been there. You’ve got a house full of thirsty guests and you can’t find the bottle opener for love nor money. If this happens, don’t be tempted to use your teeth. This is a very common cause of chips and broken teeth.
December 13th, 2017
Christmas is coming and many of us are counting down the days until we can put the out of office on and head home for the festive period. The trouble with dental emergencies is that they can happen at any time, and often, they crop up at the most inopportune times. If you find yourself needing urgent help over Christmas, don’t panic! We are here to help you out!
Types of dental emergency
There are lots of different reasons you may need emergency dental treatment, including:
- A sudden onset of severe dental pain
- Dental infections and abscesses
- Broken tooth
- Dislodged tooth
If you have any of these problems, it’s best to seek advice as soon as possible, but there are also some self-help techniques you can try to alleviate symptoms while you’re waiting to see a dentist. If you’ve lost a tooth, for example, you may find that it’s possible to re-implant the tooth. If you’ve still got the tooth, hold it by the crown and gently clean it before placing it back in its socket. If you’ve got dental pain, take over the counter painkillers and use an ice pack to ease swelling