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
November 30th, 2017
Losing a tooth can be distressing, but try not to panic. If you’ve been injured in an accident or you’ve lost a tooth while playing sport, it may be possible to save the tooth. Here are 3 tips that may come in handy:
- Locate the tooth: if you’ve lost a tooth, try and find it. If you can find it, hold it by the crown and avoid touching the roots.
- Call your dentist: if you’ve lost a tooth, but you’ve still got it to hand, call your dentist as soon as possible and they will try and insert the tooth back into its socket. If you can get to us quickly enough, we should stand a good chance of saving the tooth.
- Re-implant the tooth: if you’re not close by or you fancy your chances as an amateur dentist, you can try and re-implant the tooth yourself. Gently clean it and then holding the tooth by the crown, push it gently back into the socket. If you can’t bring yourself to try, come and see us and we’ll do our best. While you’re on your way, keep the tooth in a glass of milk or lukewarm water or hold it carefully in the mouth between the cheeks and the gums (this is not suitable advice for children, as it carries a risk of choking.)
If you lose a tooth, try not to panic! We are here to help and we offer emergency appointments. We can also talk you through trying to place the tooth back in the socket yourself. If it’s not possible to save the tooth, we can go through some effective tooth replacement options with you. Prevention is always better than cure, so try and reduce the risk of dental injuries by wearing a mouth guard when you play sport and ensuring you have a seatbelt on in the car.
November 14th, 2017
Toothache can make your life a misery. Whether you’re suffering from a dull, persistent ache or shooting pain, there’s nothing worse than trying to contend with toothache when you’re trying to work or enjoy some well-earned time off. If you’ve been suffering for a while or you’ve recently developed severe pain, we are here to help.
What causes toothache?
There are various possible causes of toothache. In many cases, oral pain is linked to cavities, which are holes that form in the surface of the tooth. If you have a cavity, you may also find that your tooth feels weaker and that the pain intensifies when you use that tooth to chew or bite down on food. Toothache can also be caused by dental infections. If you have an abscess, it’s common to experience severe throbbing pain and you may also have a temperature and feel unwell. Toothache may also be a symptom of a dental injury.
What to do if you have toothache
If you have toothache, you don’t have to suffer in silence. It’s always best to get pains checked out just in case they are a sign of an underlying issue such as an abscess or an infection. Call your dentist and make an appointment. If you have very severe pain that has come on suddenly or you’ve been having pain for a while and it has got a lot worse, make an emergency appointment. We will do our best to see you as quickly as possible and find a solution that will make you feel more comfortable.
The first thing we will try and do is find out what’s causing the pain. Once we have this information, we can discuss treatment options with you. If you do have a cavity, we will recommend filling the tooth. If you have an abscess, we will give you some painkillers and then drain and remove the abscess.
If you’re struggling with toothache, give us a call as soon as possible. We’ll have you fighting fit in no time!
October 31st, 2017
Are you having trouble with your wisdom teeth? If so, you’re not alone. Wisdom tooth pain is a very common problem. The good news is that there is almost always a solution. If you’ve been struggling, here are 3 top tips to help you ease discomfort.
- Take painkillers: if you’ve recently started to experience wisdom tooth pain and the pain is mild, try taking painkillers. You can buy over the counter medicines at supermarkets and pharmacies. Taking pain relief medication should only be a short-term measure, so contact your dentist if pain persists. Always remember to follow the dosage instructions and seek advice from your dentist or a pharmacist if you’re unsure what kind of tablets to take.
- See your dentist: if you’ve been suffering with pain for a while or your pain is getting worse, see your dentist. Often, the wisdom teeth cause problems because there’s a lack of space in the jaw, which prevents them from developing properly. If this is the case, the best solution is usually to extract the troublesome teeth. When there isn’t enough space, this can cause the teeth to become impacted, which means that they push against the neighbouring teeth. Removing the teeth should prevent pain and also protect the surrounding teeth.
- Avoid hard and chewy foods: if you’re suffering with toothache, it’s wise to stick to soft foods that don’t require a lot of effort. If you’re biting down on hard foods or eating chewy sweets or well done meat, this could make the pain more intense.
If you’re having issues with your wisdom teeth, don’t hope for the best. Call us now and we’ll arrange an appointment for you. It’s best to nip problems in the bud and we’ll do everything we can to banish pain for good.