Even when you make every effort to take complete care of your teeth and mouth, sometimes emergencies happen. Causing everything from pain and discomfort, to embarrassment and inconvenience, we have seen every type of emergency here at Highfield Dental & Facial Clinic, so we know that if an accident occurs, you’ll want to see us right away.
We allocate appointments every day for dental emergencies. Please call us as early as possible so we can try to see you on the same day.
If you require emergency treatment outside of our opening hours, please call us on 023 8055 7063 where you will find more information on our answerphone.
While you are waiting for your emergency appointment, there could be some steps you can take to help relieve some of the pain and discomfort you are experiencing. We know it can be scary if you’re in pain, but if you can, try to stay calm.
You could try dissolving a teaspoon of salt in a mug of boiling water and use it as a warm mouthwash to relieve irritation and reduce swelling.
If you have knocked a tooth out, put it in a glass of milk and take it to your appointment. Try not to touch it too much and don’t use any cleaning products on it.
If you are experiencing pain surrounding one specific tooth, it is possible that something has gotten stuck between your teeth or inside the gum tissue. Use a cold compress to help reduce swelling and numb irritation.
There may also be some things you can do to try to minimise your risk of sudden damage in the future, such as finishing treatments recommended by your dentist (which means not putting off treatments too), as well as good oral hygiene and taking care with certain foods. A hygiene therapy appointment is a great way to understand the best ways to look after your teeth at home, as well as getting a deep clean to keep your mouth, teeth and gums as healthy as possible.