It doesn’t matter how well we take care of our oral health; sometimes, accidents happen. Injuries can occur that necessitate immediate dental attention from a professional. We at Epsom Smiles would never want our patients’ dental health to be impacted because of the inconvenience of booking an appointment, which is why we offer emergency dental appointments for those desperately in need of them. These appointments will fix those dental problems before they escalate.
Is my Toothache a Dental Emergency?
It can be unclear as to what exactly constitutes a dental emergency. With most dental problems, it’s okay to leave them a week or so whilst you wait for your regular appointment. If, however, your issue is causing you so much inconvenience that you cannot conduct your day-to-day life as normal, you may need to come in for an emergency appointment.
Unfortunately, toothache isn’t uncommon. It’s probably something you will experience at one point or another in your life. While toothache typically presents itself as a dull ache that causes moderate discomfort, there are instances in which toothache becomes so severe that it impedes one’s ability to go about life as usual. In this case, call the reliable dentists at Epsom Smiles for an emergency dental appointment.
What Should I do in the Meantime?
It’s important to make sure your case is definitely urgent before booking an emergency appointment, as we would never want to prioritise a less critical case over a desperate one. Before calling us, try out some home remedies to see if you can ease your pain until your regular appointment. Firstly, we would recommend saltwater solutions, which can be highly effective in removing bacteria from your mouth, acting as an antiseptic. Mix your solution by adding half a teaspoon of table salt to eight ounces of water. For best results, this should be swilled around the affected area two to three times per day.
If this fails to provide pain relief, try over the counter medication like ibuprofen, or apply a cold compress to your cheek to reduce swelling and inflammation.
What If My Tooth Has Been Knocked Out?
Tooth loss can occasionally be unavoidable if you are involved in an accident. Should your tooth be knocked out, chipped or cracked, booking an emergency appointment should hopefully save your tooth. Keep hold of your tooth if possible, storing it either in your mouth or a glass of milk as you travel to the clinic. Try and avoid handling it by the root. When you arrive for your appointment, your dentists will bind it to the adjacent teeth for support. Over the course of some time, it should heal back into place.
Should your dentist be unable to reattach the tooth, we offer a range of tooth replacement treatments that look and feel just as authentic as your natural teeth. Your dentist will go over your options with you and recommend whichever course of action they deem most appropriate for your situation.
Visit Epsom Smiles for Emergency Dental Appointments
The maintenance of your oral health is extremely important for avoiding problems with your teeth. However, we understand that sometimes accidents occur that are outside of your control, which is why emergency dental appointments can be necessary. If you are suffering from extreme toothache or a knocked-out tooth, call Epsom Smiles today to see one of our expert dentists.