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.
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.
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.
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.
April 6th, 2017
Easter is just around the corner, and for many of us, this means indulging in chocolate eggs. While there’s nothing wrong with having a treat from time to time, gorging on sugary foods spells bad news for your teeth. If you’re keen to avoid toothache this Easter, here are some top tips to bear in mind.
Limiting your sugar intake
Easter is a time when we exchange gifts, usually in the form of chocolate eggs and other sugary delicacies. Nobody is saying that you have to miss out on Easter treats, but this Easter, spare a thought for your teeth and gums. Try and moderate your sugar intake, and avoid eating between meals. If you do fancy a bit of chocolate, make sure you eat it just before or after a main meal. If you graze throughout the day, your teeth will be under constant acid attack. This is because when you eat, the bacteria in your mouth release acids, which soften your enamel. If you eat at mealtimes only, this gives your enamel chance to recover.
Cleaning your teeth
It’s important to look after your teeth all year-round, so make sure your dental hygiene regime is up to scratch this Easter. Clean your teeth twice a day using fluoride toothpaste, and make sure you do a thorough job. Brush for two minutes, and take care to cover each tooth. Put your brush head at a 45-degree angle so that you can clean along the gum line. After brushing, floss between your teeth.
See your dentist
If you haven’t been to the dentist for at least 6 months, now is the ideal time to pick up the phone and book a dental appointment. Even if you don’t have any pain or problems, it’s important to see your dentist on a regular basis. Regular routine check-ups can decrease your risk of developing gum disease and dental decay by up to 60 percent.
For more advice about oral health, don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and give us a call.