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.
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.
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!
August 4th, 2017
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
July 3rd, 2017
Dentures are an effective means of replacing lost teeth, but they can only do their job properly if they’re in good condition and they fit well. If your denture has come loose or it is damaged, we strongly recommend giving us a call. We offer swift denture repairs and we can also replace damaged and ill-fitting dentures.
What to do if your denture breaks
Dentures are robust, but they’re not immune to damage. Accidents can happen, and if you drop your denture or it gets crushed by something, the best thing to do is give us a call. We’ll try and fit you in as soon as possible, and we can get started on either trying to repair or replace the damaged denture. Don’t try and soldier on with a broken denture, as you may find that it causes you pain and discomfort and you won’t be able to speak or eat properly.
We recommend avoiding DIY dental repairs, as it’s possible that you’ll end up doing more harm than good.
Denture care tips
Sometimes, it’s impossible to avoid or prevent accidents. However, there are some things you can do to reduce the risk of denture damage. We advise all our patients to schedule regular dental checks. Even if you have no natural teeth remaining, it’s important to see your dentist so that they can have a look at your gums and check the fit and condition of your denture. Your mouth changes shape constantly, so a denture won’t last forever. It will need adjusting or replacing periodically to ensure that it fits you perfectly and prevent sore spots. When you’re cleaning your denture, do it over a basin filled with water or place a cloth or towel on the surface. This will reduce the risk of the denture breaking if you drop it while you’re cleaning it. When you’re not using your denture, keep it in a glass of lukewarm water. Don’t use boiling water to cleanse the appliance, as hot water can cause it become misshapen.
If you have a denture and you’re worried that it may be damaged or broken, don’t hesitate to give us a call.