July 31st, 2017
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.
April 6th, 2017
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.
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.