February 14th, 2017
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Call your dentist: the sooner you can see a dentist, the better.
- 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.
October 7th, 2016
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.
April 1st, 2016
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 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.