General advice on dental emergencies
Toothache?Constant, severe pain usually indicates that a tooth is dying or infected. In the meantime, over-the-counter pain killers as advised by a pharmacist can help and avoid any precipitating factors – e.g. chewing hard foods or hot or cold drinks if this hurts. In all cases it is best to gets things checked as soon as possible.
Swollen face?This is usually caused by infection and treatment will be required. Contact the practice without delay. In the rare event a swelling in your mouth has become so large it is becoming difficult to swallow or breathe, contact A&E.
Broken tooth or filling?If the tooth is painful, avoid eating very hot or cold foods and chewing on that side. Painkillers may help. Contact the surgery to have the tooth assessed without too much delay as this may increase the risk of further damage to the tooth and possibly the nerve inside.
My crown/bridge has come off?The tooth may be sensitive to temperature so avoid very hot or cold drinks. Avoid eating on that side so trapped food does not cause discomfort. Keep the crown/bridge safe and bring it to your dentist. If it should be recemented to avoid further damage to the underlying tooth and nerve.
Bleeding after an extraction?Ensure you are following all post-operative advice. Avoid physical activity. Apply constant pressure (10-15 minutes) to the wound with the gauze your dentist has supplied, or a clean piece of cotton.
Pain after an extraction?A little pain and swelling following tooth extraction can usually be controlled by over-the-counter painkillers (ibuprofen/paracetamol). An ice pack applied to your face over the area may help. Ensure you avoid smoking. If you experience unusually severe pain not helped by these measures, or, which persist after a few days, please contact us.
Broken denture?Broken dentures can usually be repaired and we have arrangements with local laboratories to have this done as quickly as possible. Sometimes it is necessary to take an impression of your mouth so that the broken parts can be reliably relocated.
Tooth knocked out?The tooth needs to be reimplanted as soon as possible. Immediately call us for an emergency appointment. Avoid touching the root to prevent microscopic damage to where the bone attaches. If the tooth is visibly dirty, rinse it gently with water but do not scrub. If you can, replace the tooth back in the socket and hold there until you see us. If this is difficult keep the tooth in iced milk.
Tooth pushed out of position?Attempt to gently reposition the tooth with very light finger pressure. Avoid eating and contact us.
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