Dental Emergencies can arise for all sorts of reasons. Tooth decay, giving rise to pain and/or swelling is the most common cause of a dental emergency. If you haven't kept up with your routine dental check-ups, simply through forgetting or through a fear of visiting the dentist, then you may be unaware that you have problems with your teeth or gums. If bacteria are able to enter the tooth through a cavity caused by decay then, without urgent attention the tooth may become infected and give unbearable pain. It can come on suddenly or can begin as an intermittent nagging pain that suddenly gets worse. Over-the-counter painkillers can provide short-term relief but contact us a soon as possible to make an appointment.
Injuries and accidents can also cause dental emergencies from falling over to being hit in the face while playing sport. In this case, it is often the front teeth that are damaged or, in some cases, knocked out. If you still have the tooth, pick it up by the crown (the visible part in your mouth). Avoid touching the root if you can. You may be able to put it back in the socket yourself (clean it with saliva if it is dirty) but if you can't you should put it in a clean container and cover it with milk until we can see you. In the case of young children who have knocked out a milk tooth, never try to reinsert it because you could damage the adult tooth beneath.
Whatever the cause of your dental emergency, we will treat you with care and respect. We endeavour to treat all emergency patients on the same day, although the earlier in the day you contact the practice, the earlier we will be able to arrange an emergency appointment for you.
When fear of visiting the dentist has caused you to wait till an emergency arises, our dental team will take the time to reassure you. Modern dental techniques are practically pain-free and at Queens Park Dental Team we use the Vibraject injection technique for local anaesthetic. The vibrations mean that there is very little pain from the injection and means that you can relax, safe in our hands.Call Now
At Queens Park Dental Team, we are available for emergency dental appointments for registered and non-registered patients. If you are suffering from anything that may require emergency attention, please contact us now and schedule an appointment.
A dental emergency can be:
Dental emergencies can be reduced by taking immediate action and contacting our team at Queens Park Dental Team.
If you cannot get an appointment immediately and have chipped or fractured your tooth, rinse your mouth out with warm water and try your best to keep it clean until you can meet with one of our emergency experts. Depending on the extent of the damage, treatment will usually involve the smoothing out of your damaged tooth/teeth and then bonding it with a tooth-coloured composite of a dental crown. If you have damaged the tooth's nerve, we may need to perform a root canal procedure.
To fix a loose tooth, carefully position into its correct place using your finger and holding there with a moist tissue. Under no circumstances should you force it back into the socket - it may cause it to dislodge completely.
A tooth can be reattached within an hour of losing it so it's important to book an appointment with us as soon as it happens. In the meantime, carefully rinse your tooth in warm water and place a milk-sodden cloth between your cheek and gums. This will keep the socket moist, improving your chances of re-implantation.back to treatments