You may need urgent treatment if you have:

  • Pain or swelling that suggests an infection from a tooth or your gums
  • Severe toothache or facial pain which is not controlled by taking over-the-counter painkillers and has disturbed sleeping and eating
  • Trauma of the face, mouth or teeth after a recent accident or injury
  • A permanent tooth being knocked out
  • Excessive and uncontrolled bleeding after tooth extraction
  • Swelling of the mouth or face which is getting worse
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    What are the possible causes of dental pain?

     

    Toothache occurs when the pulp (which contains nerves and tiny blood vessels) is irritated and angry which is called inflammation.

     

    There could be a number of causes for the inflamed pulp which include:
  • Deep dental decay
  • Bacterial Infection
  • A crack in the tooth
  • Damaged or lost filling
  • Partially erupted wisdom tooth
  • Gum disease
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    There could be a number of other causes for pain:
  • Injury or trauma to the teeth or jaw joint
  • Ill-fitting dentures
  • Other infections
  • Mouth ulcers
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    What does emergency dental treatment involve?

     

    Depending on the cause of the toothache, treatment can be carried out to get you out of pain. We will aim to get you out of pain depending on the cause. Our dentists at Smile 32 Dental will examine and may take radiographs to determine the cause.

     

    If the cause is tooth decay, the dentist will remove the decayed tooth tissue and restore with temporary fillings. You may be asked to return for a more definitive filling after emergency treatment.

     

    If your tooth pain is due to broken or lost fillings, the fillings that are broken can be replaced. You may be asked to return for a more definitive filling after emergency treatment.

     

    If the pulp is affected irreversibly due to a deep cavity or has got an abscess, a course of antibiotics may be prescribed if indicated. As part of emergency treatment, the infected nerves may be removed, a dressing placed and a temporally filled.

     

    What do you do if a permanent tooth is broken or knocked out?
    1. Find the tooth. Hold the tooth by the crown (the white part), not by the root (the yellow part).
    2. Replant immediately, if possible.
    3. If contaminated, rinse shortly with cold tap water and put the tooth back in its place. This can be done by the child or an adult.
    4. Hold the tooth in place. Bite on a handkerchief to hold it in position and go to the dentist immediately.
    5. If you cannot put the tooth back in, place it in a cup of milk or saline. When milk or saline are not available, place the tooth in the child's mouth (between the cheeks and gums)
    6. Seek immediately specialised dental treatment

     

    Children between 7 and 10 years of age are more exposed to suffer avulsion due to the elasticity of the bone at this age.

    Good oral hygiene is absolutely necessary in the healing period

    Please contact us as soon as possible on our emergency hotline: 020 8893 6825

    For out of hours emergency services please call on 020 3402 1312

     

    What do you do in case of a fall that affects permanent teeth?

     

    First, you must consult a dentist immediately after the accident has occurred. This measure has many advantages:

     

    1. This is more a higher possibility of conserving the tooth's vitality.
    2. A conservation treatment will be carried out.
    3. Future complications and high cost treatments are less likely.
    4. There is a better prognosis.

     

    It is of vital importance that all traumatic injuries are diagnosed, treated, and controlled in time.

    Please contact us as soon as possible on our emergency hotline: 020 8893 6825

    For out of hours emergency services please call on 020 3402 1312

     

    Do you need to replant knocked out baby teeth?

    It's not recommended to replant avulsed primary teeth.

    Please contact us as soon as possible on our emergency hotline: 020 8893 6825

    For out of hours emergency services please call on 020 3402 1312