Teeth can pose all sorts of problems for people throughout life. At Queens Park Dental Clinic we understand that most of these problems are sporadic, severe and definitely not planned. When you find yourself in pain and discomfort it is important to book an appointment with Hannah, our dental professional, as soon as possible to assess your situation and prevent any additional damage from occurring. Visiting an emergency dentist in Bournemouth can be daunting, but here at Queens Park Dental Clinic our friendly team will endeavour to support you in any way that they can from the moment you phone our practice. You do not need to be a registered patient with us to book an emergency appointment. We cater for non-registered patients as well as nervous patients, as we understand that some dental emergencies are caused by fear of going to the dentist in the first place. Not keeping up with regular check-ups can cause a build-up of plaque and tartar in your mouth, meaning you are much more likely to end up needing an emergency appointment.
How do you know if you’re having a dental emergency?
There are no strict rules on what constitutes a visit to your emergency dentist in Bournemouth, but here at Queens Park Dental Clinic we see patients every day for a variety of reasons. Wisdom teeth can cause issues to arise if they are not growing through straight, and abscesses, infection and severe toothache are all valid reasons for making an appointment too. It is important that things such as chipped, cracked teeth or broken veneers, crowns or bridges are seen to as soon as possible to lessen the chances of any further damage from being done. Your gums are just as important as your teeth, and if you suspect that you have an infection in your gum or are experiencing pain or discomfort, you should not hesitate in seeking dental advice.
Handling a knocked out or chipped tooth
The most important thing to do if your tooth has fallen out or become chipped is to make an appointment with your emergency dentist in Bournemouth. A tooth can be easily reattached within an hour of being knocked out, but after this, chances of restoring it start to reduce. It is important that you don’t touch the root of your tooth if it has fallen out, only hold it by the white part that is always on show in your mouth, known as the crown. You must keep it in saliva or milk if it cannot be slotted back into its empty socket, but if it fits back into position with ease, then a milk sodden cloth should be placed over your tooth so you can bite down gently on it to help secure it. You should never force a tooth back into a socket as this can damage it. If a child has knocked out a baby tooth then it is imperative to never try and slot it back into place, as this can damage the adult tooth that is underneath.