What should you do in a dental emergency?

No matter how good you are at attending for your routine dental appointments, dental emergencies are likely to affect everyone at some point. College Dental Surgeries will be open as normal in the run up to the Christmas break, so should you have a dental emergency do not hesitate to contact the surgery on 01622 752340 and we will book you in to one of our emergency slots. Out of hours please still ring the surgery and the answerphone will have details of how to access emergency care. All our team work tirelessly at this time of year to ensure all our patients can eat their Christmas dinners in comfort.

Prior to seeing the dentist there are a number of simple things you can do to help ease any pain or discomfort.

Toothache or Swelling

Thoroughly rinse your mouth with warm water and use interdental cleaning aids to remove any food which may have become caught, exacerbating the problem. Place a cold compress outside your mouth to help reduce any swelling. Most toothaches or swelling are likely to be caused by infection in the tooth or gum, this will need to be treated by the dentist. They may open the tooth or gum to help drain the infection away and may prescribe antibiotics to ensure that all the infection clears. You will require further treatment, often a root canal treatment to ensure that the infection does not keep reoccurring.

Chipped or Cracked Tooth

Rinse your mouth to remove any remaining loose pieces of the tooth, to prevent you swallowing them. The dentist may be able to repair the tooth with a new filling, a crown or in the worst case the tooth may need to be extracted. If the tooth does need to be extracted the dentist will be able to advise you of the next options, whether this be a bridge, denture or dental implant.

Lost Filing

As a temporary measure until you see the dentist, use an over-the-counter temporary filling material to fill the hole. Your dentist may be able to replace the filling or crown the tooth to return it to its former state.

Knocked out Tooth

If a permanent tooth is knocked out by a direct impact, trip or fall, replace the tooth into the gum as quickly as possible, making sure it is facing the right way. If it is not possible to reinsert the tooth, seek immediate dental help. There is the highest possibility of saving the tooth if you are seen by a dentist within an hour of the accident.

Broken braces and wires

If a wire breaks or becomes loose and is poking your cheek, tongue or gum place a small amount of orthodontic wax over the end to provide protection until you can attend to have the problem fixed. Never cut the wire as you could end up swallowing it!

All the team at College Dental Surgeries would like to wish our patients a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We look forward to seeing you all in 2022!