Dental emergencies are what bring even the most reluctant person to our Dental Surgery, here at the Corn Exchange, Mark Lane. Among the many different types of dental emergencies, pain and broken teeth are among the most common. Certainly the most appropriate course of action is to see us immediately. Since this is not always possible, we would like to provide you with measures that you could take at home to temporarily cope with a dental emergency until you can get to the dentist.
A painful tooth is most commonly caused by an untreated cavity that spreads to infect the tiny nerves and blood vessels within it. The tooth will be sensitive to cold, then hot foods or beverages, later to biting down, and finally it will begin to hurt all the time. The best way to manage this before you see one of our dentists is to avoid eating on the side of the mouth with the painful tooth. You should not have any hot, cold or sweet foods, and you should take over-the-counter pain medication. In general, the more a tooth is bothering you before you visit our dentist, the more difficult it is to treat you comfortably. So, the sooner you get to the Dental Surgery, the better.
Broken teeth are another reason that people come to the dentist. Teeth break for many different reasons. Teeth can break when eating hard foods such as pretzels or chewing ice, from trauma during an accident, or because a cavity has weakened the tooth. If you cannot get to our surgery soon, avoid eating on the side of the mouth with the broken tooth, and eliminate hot and cold food or beverages. If there is a sharp edge of the tooth that is irritating you cheek or gum, put a piece of wax or a small piece of sugarless bubble gum over it. Some pharmacies carry over the counter temporary filling material that can be placed on the broken tooth until you get to the dentist.
Always remember that broken teeth are highly susceptible to cavities and deeper infections that may require root canal therapy or extraction if treatment is delayed. Here, at The Dental Surgery we repair broken teeth as soon as possible, regardless of whether you feel pain or not. It is important that you are able to reach us quickly in the event of a dental emergency. We will always make sure that we are available to you for advice and treatment in the event of a dental emergency.