October 5th, 2017
It is estimated that around 10 percent of the population suffers from extreme dental anxiety and many more experience feelings of nervousness when faced with a trip to the dentist. We understand that having dental treatment can be a daunting prospect, but we also want to reassure you that with us, you’ll be in the safest possible hands.
What causes dental anxiety?
There are countless reasons why people feel anxious about going to the dentist. Commonly, negative experiences in the past make people feel nervous and on edge, but specific fears like phobias of needles and injections and the dental drill can also play a role. In some cases, people have a fear of dentists or they are apprehensive about seeing a dentist because they worry about needing dental treatment or feel embarrassed about the state of their teeth.
Why you should never be nervous at 24 Hour Emergency Dentist
It is our mission to make all our patients feel comfortable when they are with us. Our caring, experienced team has expertise in looking after nervous patients and we do everything we can to try and ease anxiety and make the process as stress-free as possible. We are happy to meet with you before our appointment, show you around and answer any questions you have about the services we provide and we also invest in the latest technology to minimise dental pain.
If you are a nervous patient and you’ve been putting off going to the dentist, don’t suffer in silence. We are here to help! Our compassionate, friendly dentists are ready and willing to help you overcome your fears and make you feel as comfortable as possible.
If you need to see a dentist and you’re looking for a caring team that will go the extra mile for you, call us today.
September 30th, 2017
Nobody wants to find themselves in a situation where they need urgent assistance for a dental injury. Sadly, accidents happen. It’s not always possible to avoid injuries, but there are certain things you can do to try and lower your risk of dental woes. Here are 5 top tips:
- Wear a mouth guard: if you play sport, and there’s a risk of dental injuries, it’s always a good idea to wear a mouth guard or gum shield. Mouth guards protect your teeth and gums against flying objects, face to face contact and hard surfaces and they can make the difference between keeping and losing your teeth. Visit your dentist for a custom-made, comfortable mouth guard.
- Always wear your seat belt: if you’re travelling in a car, always make sure you have your seat belt on and it is securely fastened. If you are involved in an accident, the belt will prevent you from falling forwards, which will protect your face.
- See your dentist for regular check-ups: seeing your dentist on a regular basis can help to lower the risk of painful dental infections, tooth pain and abscesses. Ideally, you should visit every 6-12 months.
- Don’t use your teeth to open bottles: your teeth are there to break down food, not to open bottles or bite the labels off new clothes. Try and avoid using them in any other way to keep your smile intact for as long as possible.
- Be mouth aware: dental emergencies can crop up suddenly, but sometimes, there are warning signs. Keep an eye on your mouth and look out for symptoms like swollen gums, toothache, bleeding when you brush and heightened sensitivity.
September 14th, 2017
We know all too well that accidents and injuries can happen at any time. If you break a tooth or you have a chipped tooth, don’t panic. We can restore damaged teeth and have them looking like new in no time at all. If you need help, give us a call today!
How we restore broken teeth
We have various treatments available for restoring damaged and broken teeth. If you think you may have cracked a tooth or you’ve chipped your teeth, the best thing to do is get in touch and make an appointment. When you see one of our expert dentists, they will examine your mouth and have a good look at the tooth. They will use tests, such as dental X-rays, to determine the severity of the problem and this will help them to ascertain which treatments will be most effective.
If the tooth is fractured, it may be necessary to fit a new crown. Crowns are dental restorations, which are often known as caps as they sit on top of the natural tooth structure. The crown is made to order for a perfect fit and we can use tooth-coloured materials, including porcelain, to create a natural looking aesthetic. Crowns improve the look of the teeth, but they also strengthen the teeth and reduce the risk of further injury. Once they are in place, crowns should last around five years.
If the tooth is chipped, rather than broken, we may use a filling to restore it or a cosmetic technique called dental bonding. Bonding involves using a material called dental composite to repair and reshape the tooth. The material comes in many different shades, so your dentist will select the closest match to your natural tooth colour. At room temperature, composite is like putty, and this enables your dentist to mould it to fit the tooth perfectly. Once the composite has been positioned, it will be set using a curing light. Bonding only takes around an hour, and there’s no pain involved.
If you have a broken tooth, call now and we’ll do our best to restore your smile as quickly as possible!
August 31st, 2017
Are you nervous about having dental treatment? Do you feel anxious whenever a trip to the dentist is approaching? We understand that even the thought of sitting in that chair can make some people apprehensive, but we can assure you that you’re in safe hands. We have an experienced team, which will do everything possible to help you to feel more relaxed.
How we can help nervous patients
It is estimated that around 10% of patients suffer from extreme anxiety and up to 90 percent experience mild anxiety. If you’re nervous about having dental treatment, we are here to help. We have a very friendly and compassionate team made up of members of staff who have expertise in caring for nervous patients. We are always willing to meet patients before they have treatment, show them around and answer any questions, and we make every effort to explain exactly what is going to happen so that our patients don’t feel like they’re taking a step into the unknown. Our practice is designed to be a tranquil space where you can enjoy some peace and quiet and feel relaxed and calm.
We offer sedation dentistry for anxious patients and those who suffer from dental phobia. Sedation is a technique that is used widely in medicine and dentistry. It helps to allay fears and make patients feel more comfortable when they undergo a dental procedure. When you’re sedated, you don’t lose consciousness and it’s not the same as going under general anaesthetic. Although you’ll be awake, you won’t feel any pain and you may not remember much when you come around after the effects of the sedative wear off. If you are feeling very anxious about having treatment, the thought of being sedated can be reassuring. If you’d like to know more, our dental team will be happy to give you some more information and answer questions.
If you’re a nervous patient and you’re looking for a caring dentist who understands you and will be there to reassure you every step of the way, call us today and book a consultation.
August 4th, 2017
Sometimes, accidents happen when you least expect them and that’s why we’re always ready to leap into action if you need urgent dental help. If you’ve lost a tooth while you’re out and about, we can help. Here is some useful information to help ease anxiety and get you smiling again if you do lose a tooth unexpectedly.
What to do if you lose a tooth
The first thing to do if you lose a tooth is locate the tooth. If you’re able to get help quickly enough, it may be possible to save a tooth that has been knocked out (this is also known as an avulsed tooth). Give us a call and let us know that you’ll be dropping in to see us and we’ll do our best to fix you up as quickly as possible.
If you are able to find the tooth, clean it very gently and make sure you hold it only by the crown section, rather than the roots. Once the tooth is cleaned, you can attempt to re-implant the tooth into its socket. If you can’t do it, or you don’t feel comfortable trying, you can leave this job to us. In the meantime, while you’re on your way, store the tooth in a glass of milk or tepid water. If you can get to us fast enough, our dentists will try their best to put the tooth safely back into the socket.
If it’s not possible to save the tooth, don’t panic. We have some excellent tooth replacement treatments we can use to restore your smile, including dental bridges and dental implants. Our dentists will go through the treatment options with you so that you’re able to make a well-informed decision.
Preventing dental injuries
Sometimes, it’s impossible to avoid injury, but there are measures you can take to reduce your risk of accidents, such as:
- Wearing a protective mouth guard for sports like boxing, hockey, rugby and lacrosse
- Wearing a seat belt
- Avoiding using your teeth to try and cut labels off or open bottles
July 31st, 2017
Toothache can be incredibly troubling. Nobody wants to battle pain, let alone worry about what’s causing it. If you’re nervous about toothache, and you’re apprehensive about seeing a dentist, we are here to help. We promise you that you’re in expert hands. We are a really friendly bunch, and we have many years of experience in treating anxious patients. If you’re struggling, call us now. Our team is ready and raring to go and we’ll do everything possible to get you smiling again in no time at all.
What causes toothache?
The first thing we will try and ascertain when you come and see us is what’s causing your pain. Once we know the answer to this question, we can start thinking about the best treatment options. Commonly, toothache is caused by decay. Sometimes, when you bite down you may feel the pain intensify in your tooth. It may also be possible to feel a cavity in the tooth if you run your tongue along the surface. If you have a cavity (a hole in the tooth), the best course of action is to place a filling. This will restore the tooth and prevent harmful bacteria reaching other parts of the tooth.
Sometimes, toothache can be symptomatic of a dental abscess, a fluid-filled sore, which develops as a result of infection. Dental abscesses are not the same as abscesses that form in other parts of the body, so you’ll need to see a dentist if you think you may have an abscess. Usually, abscesses are treated with antibiotics, but in the case of dental abscesses, they will need to be drained and removed. Symptoms of an abscess include throbbing, severe pain, swelling, and generally feeling unwell. If you have these symptoms, get in touch as soon as possible, as the sooner abscesses are treated, the better.
If you have toothache, you may be nervous about calling the dentist, but we are here to help. We will do our best to see you as quickly as possible and relieve your pain. Our dentists are caring and gentle, and we use the latest techniques and technology to minimise pain.
July 3rd, 2017
Dentures are an effective means of replacing lost teeth, but they can only do their job properly if they’re in good condition and they fit well. If your denture has come loose or it is damaged, we strongly recommend giving us a call. We offer swift denture repairs and we can also replace damaged and ill-fitting dentures.
What to do if your denture breaks
Dentures are robust, but they’re not immune to damage. Accidents can happen, and if you drop your denture or it gets crushed by something, the best thing to do is give us a call. We’ll try and fit you in as soon as possible, and we can get started on either trying to repair or replace the damaged denture. Don’t try and soldier on with a broken denture, as you may find that it causes you pain and discomfort and you won’t be able to speak or eat properly.
We recommend avoiding DIY dental repairs, as it’s possible that you’ll end up doing more harm than good.
Denture care tips
Sometimes, it’s impossible to avoid or prevent accidents. However, there are some things you can do to reduce the risk of denture damage. We advise all our patients to schedule regular dental checks. Even if you have no natural teeth remaining, it’s important to see your dentist so that they can have a look at your gums and check the fit and condition of your denture. Your mouth changes shape constantly, so a denture won’t last forever. It will need adjusting or replacing periodically to ensure that it fits you perfectly and prevent sore spots. When you’re cleaning your denture, do it over a basin filled with water or place a cloth or towel on the surface. This will reduce the risk of the denture breaking if you drop it while you’re cleaning it. When you’re not using your denture, keep it in a glass of lukewarm water. Don’t use boiling water to cleanse the appliance, as hot water can cause it become misshapen.
If you have a denture and you’re worried that it may be damaged or broken, don’t hesitate to give us a call.
June 30th, 2017
Have you got a cracked tooth? Have you been involved in an accident or have you been injured playing sport? If a tooth is cracked or you think you may have a broken tooth, it’s important to visit a dentist immediately.
Why it’s important to see a dentist if you have a cracked tooth
If you have a cracked tooth, it’s beneficial to seek advice from your dentist as quickly as possible. If the tooth is injured, it will be more vulnerable to further damage and it may become infected. When you see your dentist, they will assess the severity of damage and come up with solutions, which will be discussed with you. Leaving the tooth untreated could result in extensive damage and you may experience severe pain, especially when you try and eat or bite down on the tooth.
Solutions for a cracked tooth
If you’ve broken a tooth, your dentist will discuss possible treatment options with you. The type of treatment will depend on the severity of the crack and any additional damage the injury has caused. If the tooth is slightly chipped, rather than broken, it may be possible to restore it using a filling or a technique called dental bonding. If the tooth is broken, it’s likely that a new crown will be required. Crowning a tooth involves placing a cap (also known as a crown) over the tooth. This helps to strengthen the tooth and prevent further damage. Crowns can be made from various materials, including metals and ceramics. We often recommend porcelain crowns, as these produce the most natural, aesthetically pleasing results.
Preventing dental damage
It’s not possible to avert every injury; however, there are certain things you can to try and protect your teeth, including:
- Wearing a gum shield when you play sport
- Wearing a seatbelt
- Seeing your dentist for regular check-ups
- Avoiding using your teeth to open bottles or packets
If you’ve sustained a dental injury, and you need advice, call us now! We will do our best to have you pain-free as quickly as possible.
June 12th, 2017
Most of us are familiar with the benefits of brushing our teeth twice a day, but have you ever made time to clean your tongue too? We grow up with teeth cleaning incorporated into our daily routine, but brushing your tongue is also really important.
Why you should clean your tongue
When you brush your teeth, you remove food debris and bacteria from your mouth and give the hard enamel surface a good polish. The aim of brushing is not just to freshen your breath and make your teeth sparkle. It’s also to reduce the risk of plaque formation. Plaque is a colourless substance, which develops when bits of food are combined with bacteria and saliva. If you brush frequently, there’s a much lower risk of plaque forming, and this lowers the chances of you suffering from decay and gum disease. Cleaning your tongue offers the same benefits, but it also helps to tackle bad breath. When you brush the tongue, you eliminate harmful bacteria, which keeps plaque at bay, but you’ll also be taking positive steps towards preventing bad breath. This is because many cases of halitosis are linked to bacteria located at the back of the tongue. These bacteria multiply, and when they feed, they release gases, which have an unpleasant odour.
Tongue cleaning tips
When you clean your tongue, you can use your normal toothbrush or a tongue scraper. If you are using your brush, take care when you reach towards the back of the mouth, as this may trigger your gag reflex. Be gentle. If you need any advice about cleaning your tongue or you’re not sure what to do, your dentist will be happy to offer some helpful tips.
May 26th, 2017
Did you know that gum disease is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults living in Great Britain? Gum disease can be very serious, but the good news is that it is preventable. Here are some tips to help you protect your gums and some more information about the services we offer to prevent and treat gum disease.
What you can do at home
Gum disease occurs when bacteria present in plaque irritates the gums. This causes them to become red, swollen, and sore. Many people first suspect that they may have gum disease when they notice traces of blood after spitting when they clean their teeth. To prevent gum disease, the best thing you can do is try and eliminate the chances of plaque forming in the first place. Brushing twice-daily and daily flossing help to remove bacteria and food debris before they can combine with saliva to form plaque. Your diet is also really important. Try and make sure that you stick to your recommended daily intake of sugar and avoid snacking throughout the day.
We also recommend attending regular check-ups. Our dentists are trained to detect the very early warning signs of gum disease, and they can address potential problems before they become more advanced. Ideally, we recommend 6-12 monthly checks. However, if you notice symptoms, call and book an appointment as soon as possible.
Treating gum disease
In the early stages, gum disease (gingivitis) is relatively easy to manage. However, if it is left to progress, it can cause irreparable damage to the gums. The bone tissue, which supports the teeth and gums also becomes damaged, and this results in the teeth becoming loose and eventually falling out. Treatment for advanced gum disease (periodontitis) involves long-term management, frequent cleaning and plaque and tartar removal treatments and sometimes even surgery.
If you’re keen to find out more about gum disease, call us today.