Our Surbiton dental emergency team has been providing a first-class service for patients living, working or visiting Surrey and the surrounding area for several years.
Generally, if you teeth hurt do not wait to make an appointment. You can contact our Surbiton / Kingston emergency dentist : During practice working hours on 020 8339 9333 Late evening, weekends, public holidays on 077 9884 5005. You might have dental emergencies due to: swelling/tooth abscess – chipped broken tooth – loss of a filling – broken crowns (caps) – broken veneers – broken dentures – broken bridges – loose implant crowns – broken orthodontic brace – loss of orthodontic elastic bands. No matter what the dental emergency is, at Surbiton / Kingston Emergency Dentist, we are committed to provide you with quality dental emergency service, which can be a permanent dental treatment or a temporary measure.
What To Do In Dental Emergency Cases?
Broken and chipped tooth emergency treatment:
If possible, try to remove the fractured piece to prevent choking and do not bite on anything hard. Call your dentist immediately. The treatment of a chipped tooth will depend on where your tooth has broken. If the core of blood vessels and nerves inside the tooth (pulp) is not damaged, your dentist can fill the chipped part with a tooth-coloured filling. In more severe cases where the pulp is damaged, the dentist will need to do root canal treatment and crown the tooth, or it may be extracted.
Teeth knocked out:
Surbiton emergency dentist advises you that time is critical in this situation! Therefore act quickly! Pick up the tooth by the top of the tooth (crown).Do not try to remove any of the tissue fragments that may be attached to the tooth and do not use wipes to clean the tooth as it may cause additional damage. If you can, insert the tooth back into its socket. If however this is not possible for you place the tooth in a glass of cold milk. If milk is not available, use a wet napkin or cup of water. See a dentist immediately. Sometimes, if the knocked out tooth is placed back in its socket soon enough by your dentist, the tooth can be saved.
Loose tooth emergency:
If you were hit by an object, call your dentist immediately. Depending on the severity of the blow, your dentist may be able to fix the tooth back in place and tighten it up or your dentist may bond the tooth to the uninjured teeth next to it for support until it heals. Surbiton emergency dentist explains that the tooth may turn dark and/or abscess after an accident. That may happen immediately, or it could be years later. If the tooth does eventually abscess, it will require extraction or root canal tretment and a crown.
Emergency treatment of tooth abscess:
If you are in severe pain and you think you may have a dental abscess, you should visit your dentist immediately. If you ignore an abscess for too long, it can ultimately mean that your tooth will need to be extracted. Sometimes, the infection that begins in your tooth can also spread, causing further complications. So early treatment is essential. The aim of the treatment is to cure the infection, save the tooth and prevent complications. A root canal treatment may be recommended in an attempt to save the tooth. In case of severe infection, the dentist might drain the abscess or the tooth may be removed. A serious abscess that affects the whole face and blood system may require the patient to be admitted to hospital. You dentist might prescribe antibiotics to fight the infection, and pain-relief medication for the toothache and fever. Warm salt-water rinses may be soothing.
Soft tissue damage emergency:
Surbiton emergency dentist suggests first cleaning the wounded area and then applying a cold compress to the area, to minimize bleeding and swelling in the area. Call a dentist immediately. The wound may require stitches to stop the bleeding, prevent infection and to help it properly heal.
Lost filling emergency dental treatment:
If you have lost your dental filling, as a temporary measure, simply place a piece of sugarless chewing gum that has been softened in the hole that contained the filling. This is because dental nerves when exposed to air can cause extreme pain. Consult an emergency dentist as quickly as possible to replace the filling.
Broken denture or bridge:
Save all the parts of your broken denture or bridge, and call your dentist. It could be repaired or it may need to be replaced as soon as possible. Temporary bridges, plates and dentures can keep you comfortable until the permanent one is repaired or replaced.
Emergency treatment of broken veneers:
Save all the parts of your broken veneer or crown and call your dentist. The broken veneer or crown can be cemented back on the tooth as a temporary measure, until a permanent veneer or crown is made.
Dental crown emergency treatment:
If the dental crown falls out, make an appointment with a dentist as soon as possible and take along the crown. If you can’t get to the dentist right away and the tooth is causing pain, use a cotton swab to apply a little clove oil to the sensitive area. If possible, slip the crown back over the tooth. Before doing so, coat the inner surface with an over-the-counter dental cement, toothpaste, or denture adhesive, to help hold the crown in place. Do not use superglue!
Orthodontic emergency cases
Loose or broken orthodontic braces:
You may discover that you have loose or broken braces. This is usually caused by playing with your braces, or eating hard or sticky foods. This is generally not an emergency unless it is associated with pain or discomfort. If the bracket is attached to the wire, leave it in place and cover it with wax as needed for comfort. If the bracket comes out completely, bring it with you to your next appointment. Avoid connecting elastics or a headgear appliance to any loose brackets. Call the office to schedule an appointment to repair the bracket. Be careful not to break too many brackets during your orthodontic treatment.
Long poking archwire
Sometimes as your teeth shift, the ends of the wire will start poking out the back of the molar tubes and irritate your cheeks. This problem may be resolved by moving the wire away from the irritated area using a cotton swab or pencil eraser. If the wire does not move, cover it with a small pea-sized amount of wax or cotton. You may also try cutting the wire with nail clippers that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. Call the office for an appointment if you cannot resolve the problem.
Sores or ulcerations inside the mouth
During the first week of treatment, you may notice sores or ulcerations inside your mouth. This can happen because your lips and cheeks are not yet used to rubbing against your orthodontic braces. Over time, your skin on the inside of your mouth will get tougher and you will not have sores anymore. To provide some relief for your lips and cheeks rubbing against your rough braces, you can place a small pea-sized amount of wax or cotton on the area of the braces that is causing the sore or ulceration. The sore should improve within a couple of days and completely heal within a week. If the sore or ulceration does not improve or gets worse, call your orthodontist to have it examined.
Poking metal tie
During treatment, flexible wires may slip out of the bracket slots of the back teeth. This may be avoided by eating the appropriate foods recommended by your orthodontist. If the wire comes out of the tube, try placing the wire back in the tube using tweezers. If necessary, cover the loose wire with wax and call the office for an appointment.
Wire out of tube or slot:
Occasionally, metal wires are used to tie the archwire to the brackets or bands. Sometimes during eating or brushing, a metal tie can accidentally be twisted and start to irritate your lips or cheeks. You can try to poke the wire back into place by using the end of a pencil eraser. If that is not possible, you can place wax on the area causing the irritation until you can be seen by your orthodontist to have it fixed.
Lost elastic tie:
If an elastic tie falls off, call your orthodontist’s office. Sometimes, you can wait until your next appointment to have it replaced. Other times, your orthodontist will want to see you for a quick visit to put the elastic tie back on.
Dental Emergencies Procedures
At dental emergency visit our dentist will carry out an examination and will discuss the dental emergency treatment with you prior to commencing your treatment, including the processes involved and the cost implications. Patients wishing to return to their own dentist to complete their treatment will be given copies of X-rays and notes on the emergency dental treatment carried out by our dentist.
We will also complete any dental emergency insurance claim forms required.We understand that in an emergency you may be anxious and concerned about your dental treatment. Our dentists are highly trained and experienced and they are committed to provide you with excellent pain-relief treatment, including sedations.