July 5th, 2018
It’s that happy time of year again when the countdown to holiday season is well and truly on. If you’re planning to jet off and enjoy exotic climes, don’t forget to take good care of your smile. The last thing you want is a dental injury to scupper your plans. Here are 4 tips to protect your teeth this summer:
- Book a dental check before you go: if you haven’t been to the dentist in the last 6-12 months, it’s a brilliant idea to book a check-up before you go. Routine checks enable dentists to have a look for any potential problems and warnings signs. If there are issues, your dentist can address them before you go away, reducing the risk of pain and other unpleasant symptoms on your travels.
- Wear a seat belt: we tend to be more relaxed about health and safety when we go abroad. If you’re hiring a car or hailing a cab, always make sure you wear a seat belt like you would at home. If you are involved in accident, your seat belt will help to lower the risk of injuries, including chipped, broken and dislodged teeth.
- Cut down on sugary drinks: many of us like to cool off with a cold fizzy drink when we’re away. It’s important to stay hydrated, but take care when choosing what to drink. Fizzy drinks are laden with sugar and even the diet versions are acidic, which puts the enamel at risk. Stick to water, and if you do fancy something sweet, use a straw and avoid drinking juices and fizzy pop between meals.
- Don’t use your teeth to open bottles: you’re hosting a barbeque and the villa or apartment you’ve rented doesn’t have a bottle opener. What do you do? Hopefully, you wouldn’t choose to try and use your teeth to do the job, but research shows that this is an option many would take. This can chip and break the teeth, leaving you with misshapen, weak teeth.
June 29th, 2018
Are you afraid of going to the dentist because you’re worried about pain? Many people are anxious about having dental treatment because they have a fear of pain. In many cases, when we carry out complex procedures on nervous patients, we offer sedation. This is a technique that can help to prevent pain and help you feel more relaxed. If you’re nervous about climbing into the dental chair, here are 3 reasons to opt for sedation:
- Preparing for your appointment: it’s very common for people to feel incredibly anxious in the run-up to a dental procedure. Sedation can help to make you feel less anxious and more relaxed before you go to the dentist, as it gives you peace of mind that you’re not going to be in pain. If you know that you’re going to be sedated and you’re prone to anxiety, this makes the preparation stage much more manageable.
- Comfort and calmness during the procedure: sedation is used widely in medicine and dentistry as a means of helping patients to remain calm while they have a procedure. When you’re sedated, you feel drowsy and slightly sleepy, but you won’t lose consciousness. You won’t feel pain, and hopefully, you’ll find the experience much less daunting. If you’re undergoing dental treatment, it’ll be over before you know it, and hopefully, you’ll feel less anxious about having treatment in the future.
- Pain prevention: a fear of pain is one of the most common sources of anxiety for dental patients. With sedation, we can eliminate the risk of pain, enabling you to undergo the treatment you need without any worries at all. We’ll do everything possible to make sure you’re comfortable throughout the procedure. After sedation, it’s common to feel a little groggy, and we’ll keep an eye on you until you feel ready to head home. We advise asking a friend or partner to give you a lift or accompany you on the tube or train as you won’t be able to drive for 24 hours.
June 1st, 2018
Are you afraid of the dentist? Does the thought of sitting in the dental chair or the noise of the drill give you anxiety? If so, you’re not alone. It’s very common for people to feel nervous about going to the dentist. The good news is that we have an expert team on hand to provide you with the best possible standards of care in a calming, relaxed setting. We have extensive experience in treating nervous patients, and we’ll do everything we can to help you feel comfortable.
How we care for nervous patients
We understand that many of our patients are anxious about seeing the dentist or having treatment. We have been providing expert care for nervous patients for many years, and we have a very understanding, caring and compassionate team on hand to ease worries and help you feel calm. We are very happy to meet patients before their appointment and show them around, and we can also set up meetings so that you can ask your dentist questions and find out more about the procedure you’re due to have. We use the latest techniques and technology to minimise pain and speed up treatment times, and we also offer treatment under sedation for complex procedures and patients who suffer from severe anxiety and dental phobia. Sedation eliminates pain, and it also helps patients to feel relaxed before and during dental treatment.
If you suffer from dental anxiety or you have a phobia of going to the dentist, we can help. Don’t suffer or struggle in silence. Our clinic is designed to be a tranquil and relaxing space, we have a very approachable team made up of highly skilled and experienced dentists and nurses, and we have many years of experience in treating nervous patients. We can provide sedation, and we’re also committed to using modern, painless techniques to achieve brilliant results.
If you’d like to find out more about our services for nervous patients, don’t hesitate to get in touch or pop in and have a look around. We look forward to meeting you.
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.
May 1st, 2018
At 24 Hour Emergency Dentistry, we prioritise the health and wellbeing of our patients, but we also value our planet. With this in mind, we’re proud to be a mercury-free practice. If you have metal amalgam fillings, and you’d like to replace them with aesthetically pleasing white fillings, we can help!
What are amalgam fillings?
In the past, mercury amalgam fillings were used widely in dentistry. If you had a cavity in your tooth, it was standard procedure to fill it using a mixture of materials including mercury. Over the years, technology has advanced and new materials have become available. Today, we prefer to use safer, more effective, more aesthetically pleasing alternatives. Amalgam fillings are highly visible, as they are silver in colour, but there are also concerns about the safety of using mercury in fillings and the impact on the environment. To provide the best possible results, we recommend white fillings for our patients.
What’s so good about white fillings?
White fillings are a very popular alternative to amalgam fillings. The most noticeable difference is the look of the filling. As you can probably guess from the name, white fillings are designed to blend in seamlessly with the natural tooth structure. This means that once the filling is in place, you won’t be able to see it when you smile. White fillings are made from dental composite, resins and glass ionmers, which are much less controversial than mercury. White fillings used to be suitable only for the front teeth due to a lack of strength, but advances in the development of materials have ensured that most patients can now benefit from composite fillings.
If you need a new filling, or you have old mercury fillings you’d like to replace, why not get in touch with us today?
April 30th, 2018
It’s very common for patients to experience nerves and anxiety when they’re faced with the prospect of having dental treatment. Dental phobia is one of the most common fears, and even those who don’t have a phobia can develop feelings of anxiety when they’re sat in the waiting room. At 24 Hour Emergency Dentist, we understand that many patients feel apprehensive, and we are committed to doing everything possible to eliminate pain and create a relaxing, calming environment.
How we provide pain-free treatment
Many patients experience nervousness because they have a fear of pain. Sadly, dental treatment tends to have a bad write-up, and people often feel anxious because of stories they’ve heard or read. If you go into an appointment thinking that it’s going to be really painful, it’s no wonder that you feel uneasy. We are here to allay your fears and help you to feel more comfortable. We use advanced treatments, technology and techniques to reduce pain, speed up treatment and help you to stay calm while you have treatment.
Our dental team is experienced in caring for nervous patients, and we can cater for your requirements. If you’re nervous about having emergency dental treatment, we can provide local anaesthetic to prevent pain, and we may also be able to offer sedation for more complex procedures. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to speak to your dentist. It is our mission to help you to get over your fear and make you feel as confident and calm as possible.
If you do have treatment under sedation, this will make you feel drowsy, but it will ensure that you don’t experience any pain during the procedure. Sedation isn’t the same as general anaesthetic and it is used widely in medicine and dentistry to alleviate anxiety and keep pain at bay. Your dentist will explain exactly what is going to happen, and they will be happy to answer any questions you have.
Dental anxiety can make patients avoid the dentist for long periods of time, which can often increase the risk of injuries and infections. If you find yourself in a situation where you need urgent help, don’t be afraid to get in touch. We are here to help you and we can provide pain-free, hassle-free treatments that will put a smile back on your face.
April 2nd, 2018
Many people use dentures to restore oral function after the loss of natural teeth. Dentures are custom-designed sets of prosthetic teeth, which enable you to smile and eat with confidence if you’ve lost your natural teeth as a result of an injury, decay or gum disease. Dentures are built to last, and they are robust, but they’re not invincible, and they can get damaged and broken. If you’ve got broken dentures, you’re probably searching for a swift solution. Nobody wants to be without their denture for days on end. This is where our expert dental team comes in handy. If you need urgent dental repairs, we’re here to help!
Fixing broken dentures
If you’ve dropped your denture onto a hard floor or your denture has become misshapen or damaged as a result of exposure to heat, for example during cleaning, our dental experts can help. We are hugely experienced when it comes to providing rapid results, and we’ll do our best to reunite you with your denture as quickly as possible. We offer 24-hour denture repairs and we strive to provide you with same-day treatment. In some cases, where the damage is extensive, we may need a little longer, but we’ll work as speedily as possible.
If your denture is cracked or broken or it doesn’t fit properly due to damage or a change in shape, why not get in touch with us today? We will aim to see you and get your denture back to you as quickly as possible. When you see your dentist, they will have a good look at the denture and then discuss your options with you. In most cases, we’ll be able to carry out swift repairs and get your denture back to you the same day. Call now to book an appointment!
March 31st, 2018
Dental injuries can happen at any time, in any place. Unfortunately, accidents usually happen when you least expect them, but the good news is that we’re always here to help in your hour of need. If you have a broken tooth, don’t panic.
What to do with a broken tooth
If you’ve broken your tooth and it’s a substantial break, rather than a minor chip, we recommend urgent dental treatment. Give us a call and we will try and see you as fast as possible. A fractured tooth can cause pain, but there’s also a risk of further damage to the tooth without treatment.
When you see your dentist, they will take a look at the tooth and do an X-ray to establish the extent of damage and ascertain the best course of action. If the tooth is damaged extensively, a temporary crown may be placed to protect it and then a permanent crown can be fitted. If the tooth is chipped, solutions like cosmetic bonding could be an option. Your dentist will discuss all the treatment options with you before they move onto the next stage. If you do need a crown, a temporary restoration will be placed and an impression will be created and sent away to the dental laboratory. The permanent crown should be ready around 2 weeks later.
If you’ve been involved in an accident or you’ve been injured playing sport, and your tooth has been knocked out, it may be possible to save the tooth, but this requires immediate action. You can either try and implant the tooth back into its socket or you can store the tooth in a glass of milk or lukewarm water until you can reach us. It’s essential to try and avoid touching the tooth roots.
We firmly believe that prevention is always better than cure, and recommend wearing seat belts, using mouth guards for sport and avoiding using the teeth to open bottles or bite off labels to try and reduce the risk of injuries.
If you’re struggling with an unexpected dental injury, and you need urgent help, contact us. We have an experienced dental team ready and waiting to ease your pain and put a smile back on your face.
March 2nd, 2018
Are you in pain? If you’ve got toothache and the pain has become more severe or it’s come on very suddenly, don’t suffer in silence. Severe dental pain can make life a misery, but it can also be a sign of an underlying issue that requires immediate treatment, such as an infection. If your tooth is decayed or infected, we may recommend endodontic treatment. This field of dentistry is concerned with the dental pulp, the living tissue of the tooth. If the pulp becomes infected, root canal treatment may be recommended. This procedure can help to alleviate pain, and prevent infection from spreading. In many cases, it is used as an alternative to extracting the tooth.
What does root canal treatment involve?
Root canal treatment is a procedure that is designed to remove infected pulp tissue in a bid to protect the tooth from harmful bacteria, which can spread to the tooth roots. The root canals are cleaned and cleared, damaged pulp tissue is removed and the root canals are sealed to form a protective barrier. The procedure is carried out under local anaesthetic to prevent pain, and it’s common to strengthen the tooth with a crown afterwards.
Root canal treatment is a procedure many patients dread because its reputation precedes it. However, this is actually a very effective and relatively straightforward dental treatment, which can make the difference between saving and losing a tooth and ensure that you feel more comfortable. We understand that most people are apprehensive about undergoing dental treatment, but we can assure you that you’ll be in safe hands with our expert dentists.
If you’re suffering with dental pain or you’ve started to experience bouts of severe discomfort, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’ll do our best to have you smiling again as quickly as possible.
February 28th, 2018
The wisdom teeth have something of a bad reputation and this is because they can be very painful when they appear. For many people, the wisdom teeth erupt and develop without any issues, but sometimes, they can cause discomfort. This is usually due to the fact that there is a lack of space available in the jaw for the new teeth. If you are suffering from pain, here are three things you can do to reduce wisdom tooth discomfort.
- Take over the counter painkillers: if you have dental pain, over the counter painkillers can help to alleviate symptoms and make you feel better. Make sure you read the labels and stick to the recommended dosage. If you’re unsure what to take, we can help or you can ask a pharmacist for advice. Take care if you’re already taking medication for an underlying illness; in this case, seek advice from your pharmacist.
- Apply an ice pack: when your wisdom teeth are coming through, this can cause your gums to become painful and swollen. If you’ve got sore gums, applying an ice pack can help to reduce inflammation and ease pain. Make sure the ice pack is wrapped in a cloth or towel to prevent direct contact with the skin.
- See your dentist: wisdom tooth pain can come and go very quickly without any need for treatment, but if you have persistent pain or your pain is very severe, call and make an appointment. Sometimes, the teeth can become infected or impacted (when they push against the neighbouring tooth) and in this case, it is often best to remove them to prevent any further problems.