May 31st, 2018
The wisdom teeth are usually the last to develop, but they can often make the loudest entrance. Many people experience pain when their wisdom teeth are growing, as a result of a lack of space in the jaw. If you’re suffering, there are steps you can take to alleviate pain and increase comfort. Here are 3 tips:
- Take painkillers: if you’ve got tooth pain caused by your wisdom teeth pushing through, it’s a good idea to take pain relief medication. You can buy tablets over the counter, and you should find that your pain eases after around 15-30 minutes. If you are taking painkillers, make sure you follow the dosage instructions. If you’re taking other forms of medication, ask a pharmacist for advice before you take painkillers.
- Apply an ice pack: when your wisdom teeth erupt, it’s common for the gums to become swollen and sore. If you’ve got painful gums, applying an ice pack can help to ease discomfort and reduce inflammation. Wrap an ice pack in a cloth or a small towel before you apply it to your mouth.
- Contact your dentist: in many cases, wisdom tooth pain comes and goes without any cause for intervention. However, in some cases, pain is persistent, and this may be due to the fact that the tooth is infected or impacted (this means that the tooth has started to grow at an angle and push against the neighbouring tooth). If this is the case, your dentist may recommend extracting the affected tooth. You don’t actually need your wisdom teeth, so if your tooth is causing you a lot of pain, it may be better to take it out. Your dentist will discuss the options with you and help you decide what’s best for you.
If you’re struggling with your wisdom teeth, don’t hesitate to get in touch! Our experienced, friendly dentists will do all they can to put a smile back on your face.
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.
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.
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!