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What to Do if You Have a dental emergency over Christmas

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

Five Ways to Deal with a Broken Tooth On a Night Out

From time to time, accidents happen. One minute you’re having a wonderful time with your friends on the dance floor, the next you’ve taken a tumble. If you’ve slipped or fallen and broken a tooth, or you’ve chipped a tooth trying to open a bottle, you may need emergency dental treatment. If you think you may have a broken tooth on a night out, here are 5 steps you should take.

  1. Avoid trying to repair the tooth yourself: it can be tempting to channel your inner dentist, and attempt some DIY running repairs, but it’s always best to leave dental repairs to the experts. If you try and re-implant the fragment of tooth, you may do more harm than good.
  2. Locate the missing tooth fragment: if you’ve lost a section of the tooth, try and find it. If a large part of the tooth has broken off, it may be possible for your dentist to save the tooth if you can get to a clinic fast enough.
  3. Cover the tooth in milk: if you can find a restaurant or bar that is open late, ask them very nicely for a glass of milk, and store the tooth fragment in the glass until you can see a dentist.
  4. Call your dentist: the sooner you can see a dentist, the better.
  5. Avoid touching the root of the tooth: if you’ve lost the entire tooth, avoid touching the root section, and keep hold of the crown at all times.

Dental practices tend to have set opening hours, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get the assistance you need if you have a dental emergency. Give us a call, whatever the time of day or night, and we’ll do our best to see you as soon as possible.

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.

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