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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.

Dealing with Dental Emergencies

The trouble with accidents is that they usually happen unexpectedly. We know all too well that dental injuries can occur at any time of the day which is why we provide a flexible emergency dental care system. We offer urgent same-day appointments as well as access to 24 hour care for registered patients.

Dental injuries

Dental injuries can occur as a result of trauma, road accidents, fighting, playing sport or even biting down on a hard sweet. If you’re in pain, we are here to help and will see you as quickly as we can.

There are many different types of injury that can arise as a result of an accident, poor oral hygiene or unexpected trauma. The first thing we’ll do is examine you to determine the extent of the injury and decide the best course of action. Our aim is to have you pain-free and comfortable as soon as possible.

Types of dental injury and emergency dental problems include jaw injuries, dental abscesses, and broken or dislodged teeth. In some cases, we may provide temporary treatment and then arrange a subsequent appointment to provide a more long-term solution.

What to do if you have a tooth knocked out

If one of your teeth gets knocked out, it may be possible to save the tooth if you are able to get to the practice fast enough. While you are on your way, hold the tooth in a glass of milk or place it in between your gum and the inside of the cheek, and avoid touching the roots of the tooth.

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