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?