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23 June 2015

Call your emergency dentist in Surbiton straight away.

Here at our Surbiton dentist surgery, we get a lot of patients coming to see us directly after a dental emergency. Such emergencies are extremely common and can occur through sport, eating and exercising and many other generally harmless activities.

Although we have a range of general and cosmetic dentistry treatments available, it’s important for you to know what to do if you have an emergency. Early response to dental emergencies can potentially save the tooth, which means you may require less extensive treatment when you reach us.

Dental Emergencies – What Are They And How Can They Be Avoided?

A dental emergency is when your tooth suffers damage like cracking, becoming loose, breaking or coming out completely. A dental emergency may also be a dental crown becoming loose or coming off the tooth completely.

Although in most cases it is impossible to avoid the risk of a dental emergency without abstaining from enjoyable activities, there are some things you can do to lower your risk of sustaining a dental injury. When taking part in sports wear appropriate protective equipment like mouth guards and take care to avoid food that is too hard for your teeth regardless of whether or not you have natural or replacement teeth.

Loosing A Complete Tooth

If you loose a complete tooth, it is important you try and get an emergency dental appointment with our Surbiton dentist as soon as possible. It may be that we can re-implant the tooth if the tooth and the root are still intact, but we will need to perform an oral examination and examine the tooth to decide whether or not this is viable. In the case of baby teeth being lost, we will not be able to re-implant them. If you do loose a complete tooth;

  • Only hold the tooth by the top, never by the bottom.
  • Gently rinse the tooth in cold water to get rid of any debris.
  • Wrap it in a clean wet tissue or immerse it in milk.
  • Do not let the tooth dry out.

It is important you arrange to see us as soon as possible after the tooth has come out. This is so that we have a chance of saving the tooth and so any broken pieces of tooth still left in the gum can be removed before they cause infection or continue to cause pain. If we cannot implant the tooth back in we can offer various cosmetic dentistry solutions for replacement teeth, including same day implants.

Teeth That Are Pushed Out Of Place

Sometimes when sustaining a dental injury a tooth can be pushed out of place, rather that being knocked out completely. When this happens you must come in to see us as soon as possible. Do not attempt to realign the tooth yourself as you may damage the tooth and its root further and cause yourself unnecessary pain.

Broken Teeth

It may be that you only chip your tooth, in which case you should still see us as soon as possible in case the chip causes further damage. Sometimes broken teeth can be more severely damaged and involve damage to the inside of the tooth, surrounding tissues or tooth enamel. It may also be the case that you have suffered a severe tooth fracture which means the tooth is so damaged it needs to be removed and will not be able to be saved.

If you break any of your teeth:

  • Rinse your mouth out gently using warm water, do not use cold water as if the nerve is exposed cold water will hurt you.
  • Place a cold compress on the relevant cheek to help reduce the swelling and help with the pain.
  • Take over the counter painkillers to help with the pain.

Depending on the type of injury you have sustained we have various treatments available to help you. If you have chipped a tooth we may be able to just smooth the chip using dental tools. If the damage is more severe we may need to perform more detailed restorative treatments.

If your dentures get damaged, call us immediately for advice. The level of emergency will differ depending on the type of dentures you have and how they are fixed in your mouth.

Soft Tissue Injuries

Generally, severe injuries inside the mouth should be seen at hospital. However, if the injury is related to a tooth or gum, a dentist should be consulted. It may be the case you will need to attend both the hospital and the dentist depending on the type of injury you have. If severe damage or bleeding is occurring, always go straight to A&E.

We Are Always Available To Provide You With Help & Advice, so if you suffer a dental emergency and need advice, please give us a call on 02083991291 and we will advise you what to do next.

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