Emergency Dentistry top 10 tips
A dental emergency or injury should not be ignored or pushed aside. The risk or permanent damage can be increased by ignoring signs of a dental problem or issue and this can potentially lead to further treatment down the line, taking more time and possibly prove to be more costly. At the Marylebone Implant Centre, if you think you may have a dental emergency we are more than happy to help you feel comfortable again. You can call us on 02034342934 or email on [email protected] or even use the chat option on our website for advice on how to recognise if you need to see a dentist right away.
Here are some questions to ask the next time you think you could have a dental problem or emergency:
Are you bleeding from anywhere in the mouth or had recent trauma to the face?
Is there any swelling in the mouth or facial area?
Do you feel you are in severe pain- and pain killers are not working?
Are any of your teeth loose or have any fallen out?
When you bite down are you experiencing any pain or sensitivity?
Do you have any swelling or bulging in the gums?
Are you experiencing any pain or sensitivity to hot or cold?
It can sometimes be difficult to determine if you are having a dental emergency and as we all know accidents do happen, so knowing what to do when one occurs can mean the difference between saving and losing your tooth.
Here is a summary of our top 10 tips to do if a dental emergency happens to you:
Contact your dentist straight away if you feel you have or could potentially have a dental emergency. Try to have their contact number to hand.
Wear a sports guard when playing sports and physical activities. This will help protect teeth from being broken or knocked out.
If you need to travel, try to have a quick check up with your dentist to make sure you have no underlying problems.
Carry a dental emergency kit if you cannot see your dentist for a period of time or when you are travelling (antiseptic mouth wash, painkillers, and some cotton wool balls to stop any bleeding).
Never use your teeth to open items.
For a cracked tooth or any swelling use an ice pack or cold compress to the area to help keep it at bay until you can see your dentist.
Use floss to gently remove any objects stuck in the mouth, do not use sharp or pointed instruments.
Avoid chewing or biting on hard items such as hard sweets, ice or seeds.
Never put aspirin or any other painkiller near an aching tooth as it may burn the gum tissue and cause further damage.
If you have lost a part of your tooth/ denture or crown, try to keep it, wrap it in tissue and keep it safe to bring to your dentist to see what has happened and if it can be saved.
And finally, to avoid encountering a dental emergency attending regular dental checkups and hygiene appointments around every 6 months or so are very important. This can help both you and your dentist make sure your teeth are strong, healthy and decay free. Our dentists and hygienist here at the Marylebone Implant Centre can check this is maintained for you to help avoid having a dental problem or emergency as much as possible. And if this does occur we are only a call or email away to help you on 02034342935 or [email protected] or on our website chat. You can even do this to contact us out of hours or weekends. A member of staff will always get back to you and help direct you what should be done next.