Category “Emergency Dentistry”

Why You Shouldn’t Be Nervous about Dentistry at 24-Hour Emergency Dentist

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.

5 Top Tips to Avoid A Dental Emergency

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Lost a Tooth When out and About? How 24hr Emergency Dentist can help

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

Nervous about your Toothache? How 24hr Emergency Dentist Can Help

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.

 

Cracked Tooth? Why You Should Visit a Dentist Immediately

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.

Top Tips to Avoid Toothache This Easter

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.

What To Do If You Break Your Tooth

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Ideally, your teeth should last a lifetime, but sometimes, accidents happen. There’s often nothing you can do to prevent dental trauma. The good news is that if you do sustain an injury, we are here to provide urgent relief. Here’s a guide to help you out if you break a tooth.

What to do if you break your tooth

Accidents often happen when we least expect them. One minute you’re fine and the next you’re on the floor, wondering what on earth happened. Falls, slips, sports injuries and car accidents are common causes of dental injury. If you do get injured, it’s always beneficial to know how to react.

If you break your tooth, it’s a good idea to call your dentist and arrange an emergency appointment. You may be able to see the damage, for example, you may have a large chip, but even if you can’t, it’s wise to get checked out. If you’ve damage the interior of the tooth, this may not be visible, but you might still need treatment.

When you see your dentist, they will probably carry out X-rays and examine your teeth to determine the extent of the damage and work out the best solutions. If you only have a minor chip, there’s nothing to worry about. It is possible to patch chips up using a technique called cosmetic bonding. If you have a fracture, you may need a filling or a crown. Occasionally, when the tooth is broken, the pulp tissue may be affected. This is the living part of the tooth and it contains your nerves and blood vessels. If the pulp is damaged, root canal treatment may be recommended. This procedure is done to remove damaged pulp tissue and replace it with filling material. The root canals are then sealed and a new crown is usually fitted. Treatment aims to strengthen the tooth, but it will also help to reduce the risk of further damage and infection. If you do need treatment, your dentist will explain exactly what is going to happen and how it will benefit you. Please don’t hesitate to ask questions and tell your dentist if you feel nervous or worried. Our team is there to help and support you.

Sometimes, it’s impossible to avoid accidents, but there are some steps you can take to protect your teeth. Always wear a seatbelt, use a mouth guard if you’re playing sport and never try and open bottles or cut labels off using your teeth.

Dental Emergency? We’ve Got You Covered!

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We offer emergency dental services to provide you with the care you need around the clock. But if you do experience sudden or severe pain or have an accident that results in cracking, damaging or losing a tooth, there may be some things you can do to help yourself while you wait to see your dentist.

If you lose a tooth

Unfortunately, accidents happen and you could lose a tooth at any time. Many people assume that once a tooth has fallen out, that’s it and they have to live with a gap in their smile. But this doesn’t have to be the case. We may be able to save your tooth. If your tooth has been dislodged, contact the practice to arrange an appointment and keep your tooth in a glass of milk. Do not touch the root section of the tooth, as this can cause irreparable damage. If you are out and about and you don’t have a glass of milk to hand, place the tooth inside your cheek and keep it there until you see your dentist.

If you have broken a tooth

If you have broken your tooth, arrange to come and see us as soon as possible. If you experience swelling in your mouth, apply a cold compress to your cheek after rinsing your mouth with warm water.

If you experience sudden or severe dental pain

Most cases of toothache aren’t urgent, but if you experience very sudden pain or you have pain that gets worse or doesn’t ease with pain relief medication, arrange an emergency appointment. Most cases of toothache are associated with infections, which can usually be prevented by good oral hygiene.

If you bite your tongue

Most of us are familiar with the pain caused by accidentally biting down on your tongue, we’ve all done it! In most cases, the pain eases fairly quickly and there is no need for medical treatment, but if you bite your tongue so aggressively that it bleeds a lot and you can’t stem the flow, see your dentist or a doctor as quickly as possible. Apply a cold compress to your tongue to stop the bleeding and reduce swelling. In extreme cases, where the tongue is severely cut, stitches may be required. Contact the team in London for more information about our emergency dental services.

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