Emergency appointments during surgery hours
Sessions are set aside each day for patients with toothache.
Please try to phone at 9.00am if you require urgent attention.
If you are a member of Denplan and are out of the area (40+ miles) away, either in the uk or abroad and need urgent dental assistance.
Please phone Denplan on:
UK Emergency helpline 0800 844999
Overseas Emergency helpline +44 (0)1962844999
Who will find a Denplan dentist in your area who will be happy to assist you.
In an Emergency
Some first aid measures that might come in useful until you can arrange to see us:-
You could chew some sugar free gum and place it into the cavity. This will harden and help stop sensitivity and prevent ulcers due to any exposed sharp edges cutting into the cheek or tongue.
Alternatively you could use an over-the-counter temporary dressing such as Dentanurse 1st Aid kit for teeth to temporarily plug the gap. It may be easier to ask someone to do this for you.
A pledget of cotton wool moistened with clove oil or antiseptic mouthwash plugged into the cavity may also help.
Lost Crown or bridge
Carefully clean the inside of the crown or bridge to remove as much of the residual cement as you can and check that the restoration will fit back on the tooth. Dry the inside of the crown perhaps using a cotton bud.
These can be stuck back in temporarily with a denture adhesive like Polygrip or an over the counter temporary dental cement such as Dentanurse 1st Aid kit. It is important not to leave the crown out if possible or after a day or two it might not fit back in. NEVER use superglue as it is not safe to put this in the mouth.
Knocked out PERMANENT tooth ( Avulsed)
Hold the tooth by the crown only and not the root. There are delicate cells attached to the root surface which need to be preserved.
If the tooth is dirty, wash it briefly (10 seconds) under cold running water and replant it in the socket. Bite on a handkerchief to hold it in position.
If this is not possible, place the tooth in milk or transport it to a dentist in the mouth, keeping it in between the molars and the inside of the cheek. If the patient is very young he/she could swallow the tooth therefore it is advisable to get the patient to spit out into a container and place the tooth in it.
AVOID STORAGE IN WATER.
Seek emergency dental treatment immediately.
Knocked out PRIMARY ( baby) tooth
It is NOT recommended that these are re- implanted. Painkillers may be taken if needed and soft diet for around a week.
It is recommended to make an appointment with the dentist as soon as possible for follow up.
Painkillers that are most highly recommended for toothache are paracetamol and ibuprofen. These can be taken at the same time but never exceed the recommended doses and always follow the instructions on the packet. In the event of a large facial swelling it is advisable to contact the emergency dentist.