Do You Know What to Do in a Dental Emergency?
It’s a situation we hope you will never find yourself in, but if you or another family member or friend has a dental emergency then do you know what to do? If it’s during practice hours then please contact us, as we will fit you into see an emergency dentist in Ladbroke Grove as soon as we can. This will generally be on the same day as we will want to relieve any pain or discomfort as soon as possible. However common dental problems such as toothache never seem to happen as such a convenient time.
If you have an aching tooth then it’s best to try gently flossing around it. This is because sometimes a tooth can be slightly pushed out of position by a piece of impacted food. Getting rid of the impacted food could be all that is required. If the toothache continues then please contact our emergency dentist in Ladbroke Grove soon as you can. This is particularly important if you begin to feel feverish or have a high temperature as an infected tooth can affect your general health. Additionally, there is a much better chance that we will be able to save a badly infected tooth the sooner we can treat it.
Knocking out a Tooth
Knocking out a tooth is definitely a dental emergency and you need to act quickly. Carefully pick up the tooth by its crown, which is the part you can normally see in your mouth. Rinse off any dirt but take care not to touch the tooth root and certainly don’t scrub any loose pieces of tissue that are still attached. If you feel able then carefully reinsert the tooth into the empty socket, taking care to make sure it faces the right way round. Gently bite down on a clean tissue to hold the tooth in position and come and see us or another emergency dentist in LadbrokeGrove as soon as you can. If you can’t face reinserting the tooth then store it in a small container with a little milk or plain water and get to a dentist as soon as possible. Tooth reinsertion is more likely to be successful is carried out within the first half an hour to an hour after the accident.
Other dental problems such as breaking a tooth or breaking a dental appliance also need proper professional dental care. Please never try to mend the tooth yourself or stick a crown back in with superglue as you will damage your tooth. Dentures and braces all need to be mended professionally as otherwise you could damage the appliance beyond repair.
Reducing Your Risk of Ending up with a Dental Emergency
Is not always possible to avoid dental emergencies but certainly your risk of suffering from toothache can be reduced by making sure you see our dentist in Ladbroke Grove for regular check-ups and cleanings. Toothache is often caused by an infection and regular dental appointments can easily detect any problems before they get to this stage. If you like to play sports then ask us about having a custom-made mouthguard to reduce your risk of knocking out a tooth. It’s a cheap and effective way to protect your teeth and jaws and you will find our mouth guards are very comfortable to wear.
To book a check-up or an emergency dental appointment here at Ladbroke Grove Dental Care, please call us on 020 7727 9836. You can find all our contact details on our website at www.LadbrokeGrovedentalcare.co.uk.