25 Feb Emergency Dentist Salisbury
Emergency Dentist in Salisbury
At Twenty Twenty Dental in Salisbury have some advice about what to do if you have the misfortune of having a dental emergency.
Broken tooth or lost filling:
If you have no sensitivity, avoid eating hard foods. If you have a temporary filling kit you may be able to place some into the cavity by drying the tooth as much as possible first.
If the tooth is sensitive, you should avoid sweet, hot or cold food or drinks that may irritate the tooth.
Usually this is not an emergency, but you should contact us for an emergency appointment when we are open.
If you have pain from a tooth that is either constant or lasts a few seconds or several minutes after you have something hot, cold, or sweet on the tooth then you are probably suffering from an inflammation of the nerve known as pulpitis.
Moderate or mild pulpitis may respond to painkillers such as Paracetamol or Ibuprofen if there are no medical reasons that prevent you from taking these drugs. Avoiding food and drink that causes pain is also advisable, very hot or cold or sweet, as this may cause the nerve in your tooth to become even more inflamed.
Quite often toothache improves by itself, but it is still advisable to contact the dental practice reception the next time we are open to have the tooth checked.
If you have more serious pain that lasts several hours or is constant, this indicates a more serious inflammation of the nerve, especially if the tooth is more sensitive to hot.
You may find that the pain is relieved by taking painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen but if the toothache is constant and throbbing and keeping you awake, you should contact us for advice. It is important to note that antibiotics do not cure toothache.
Facial swelling, particularly when associated with toothache is an indication of infection. Sometimes antibiotics may be appropriate but sometimes it is also necessary to drain the swelling.
Swelling in the floor of the mouth near the tongue or near to the eye is potentially serious and requires prompt medical attention.
Traumatic injury to your Teeth:
Dental accidents can happen at anytime.
Here is a list of common emergency dental injuries and the advised course of action:
- Knocked bruised tooth only – Take painkillers and book a dental appointment when the dental practice is open. If the tooth changes colour, seek advice.
- Knocked tooth which is displaced or intruded (pushed into the socket) – Seek advice from a dentist.
- Fractured tooth – seek advice from a dentist, especially if the tooth is sensitive and the nerve is exposed.
- Tooth knocked out – This is a dental emergency if it is a permanent tooth. Avulsed teeth ideally need to be replanted back into the socket as soon as possible. Please ring for advice. Teeth should not be stored dry but should be handled gently and placed into tepid milk to preserve the delicate cells on the root surface.
Baby teeth should not be replanted.
We always have emergency dental appointments available during the week for registered and non- registered patients. Please call 01722 346501, to book your appointment if you are looking for an emergency dentist in Salisbury.