A dental emergency is generally where you have either pain (e.g. Toothache), swelling, bleeding or difficulty in swallowing as a result of infection. Sometimes other discomforts experienced by patients, may be regarded as a dental emergency.
What should I do in an event of a dental emergency?
Please call the practice on 020 8772 7708 and our friendly staff will offer you all available appointment sessions.
Advice about specific dental problems
Toothache. Generally, if you have something going wrong with a tooth, it would give you pain. Painkillers are usually necessary and if you are able to take them, Ibuprofen is usually best provided you can take them after considering your medical history. If you are not able to take ibuprofen, Paracetamol is recommended but be careful not to exceed the maximum dose.
Swelling. This generally indicates that there is an infection. In most occasions your dentist will prescribe antibiotics for you and ask you to attend for further treatment.
Fractured tooth or Lost a Filling. These are not always regarded as dental emergencies. Your dentist will need to assess if the tooth is restorable or whether it will require to be removed. If the tooth is painful, avoid hot and cold foods. If there is pain try to avoid eating or biting on that side. Painkillers can often help. An early appointment is usually necessary to avoid further damage to the tooth and possibly make the pain worse.
Lost Crown. Please keep the crown safe, so it can be re-cemented for you, but provided that the dentist is happy with the fit of the crown at the time of re-cementing. Remember, that the crown most probably came of in the first place,as it was losing its retentive properties. In some case, a new crown may be required to be done on the tooth, and the dentist will give you relevant advice. If the underlying tooth is painful avoid eating near it and drink tepid drinks only. In some cases, root canal treatment may be required before cementing a crown. Your dentist will need to assess the underlying tooth or root before a crown is re-cemented.
Trauma and Tooth Knocked-out. This is a dental emergency and the time of success of this tooth surviving is very much dependent on how soon the tooth is re-implanted. Go immediately to A&E of you local hospital or contact your dentist immediately. If your dentist is unable to see you, seek immediate help from the dentist nearest to you or contact the NHS helpline for advice. The tooth needs to be re-implanted as soon as possible. If you can, place the tooth back into the socket. DO NOT place the tooth in water.DO place it in some cold milk or on one side of your mouth between you teeth and cheeks until you can be seen either by us or a local hospital emergency dental department. Be careful not to swallow the tooth. Try not to handle the tooth root too much to protect the fibres around the root surface.
Broken my denture. Broken dentures can usually be repaired relatively easily. Please resist the temptation to glue them together yourself as this often makes a repair very difficult and can introduce toxins into the soft tissues. Please call the practice to arrange for the repair. We have the facility provide a same day (or even a few hours) Express Service for a nominal fee.