24 hour emergency dental clinic and emergency dentists in Londonproviding useful advice about common dental emergency situations. From root canal treatments to broken teeth, how to find a 24 hour dentist, pain after wisdom tooth extraction and swollen faces, we aim to help provide you with a useful guide.
Any unforeseen dental mishap can be classed as a dental emergency. You don’t have to be in pain-any situation that stresses you, has the likelihood of being to your detriment if left untreated, causes pain or affects not just form but function, can necessitate a visit to an emergency dentist.
There are some instances where it may be more sensible to go to hospital in the first instance. These include if you have suffered a trauma or medical condition that has caused other more serious injuries or loss of consciousness. It’s important to prioritize your health. In addition, if you are experiencing symptoms of a spreading infection like a very high fever or severe difficulties breathing, then a trip to hospital may be more appropriate in the first instance.
Initially, call your own dentist and follow the advice on their answerphone. They may give details of emergency dentist arrangements in-house.
If you are here in the UK, and you are a NHS patient, then call NHS emergency dental services. They may be able to help with dental emergencies, but do note that this service is often oversubscribed, they have limited slots available and they have a strict criteria for what constitutes a dental emergency. You will be assessed on the phone by a triage professional, and you may be offered an emergency slot at a clinic, but this may not be local to you and may not be on the same day.
Private services are available and generally can deal with most dental emergencies. They will be more likely to provide you with an immediate appointment, and the costs although aren’t necessarily expensive, and should not be prohibitive. In order to minimise your cost and treatment, you are well within your rights to ask for all options available and the costs involved, and to do only what addresses your immediate concerns. Private services can be recommended by your own dentist’s emergency arrangement information, recommendation from a friend or by searching on the internet. A good guide if you want to find an emergency dentists near me. To find an emergency dentist in London, Yell is a very good source, and is also useful for finding an emergency dentist North London.
Dental insurance providers. If you have dental insurance, try calling your provider, as some may be able to recommend clinics that they know of or are preferred providers. This also gives you an opportunity to ask exactly what kind of treatment, and how much you are covered for. Denplan, Dencover and Boots all have dental emergency insurance cover. Please retain all receipts and ask the dentist to provide an itemized invoice confirming that the visit was for an emergency.
Having had a tooth removed, you’ve really only won half the battle. It is important to follow your dentist’s after care instructions to help minimize the risk of complications and to also aid a speedy recovery.
Here are some tips to help you feel better quicker!
Expect some bleeding. You have a wound in your mouth and you shouldn’t worry if there’s a little oozing or weeping. If you are experiencing heavy and continuous bleeding, then roll up a clean piece of cotton gauze, a tea towel or tampon and place it over the wound. Apply firm pressure by biting or pushing down with your fingers-sustained pressure for 15-20 minutes will stop the majority of all bleeds. If it is still bleeding copiously after this, then you need to contact your 24 hour dentist or emergency dentist.
Avoid hard foods, hot foods and drinks and rigorous rinsing of the mouth for 24 hours. All of these can allow the clot to dislodge, which in turn will lead to bleeding and potentially infections like dry socket.
Keep the area clean. Grandma’s favourite-2 or 3 spoons of salt mixed with a tumbler of warm water held in your mouth over the wound until the warm water goes cold. Do this 5 or 6 times a day, the day following the extraction, and continue for 5 to 6 days.
A bit of swelling is to be expected- you’ve had a part of your body removed and it is part of the healing process. The swelling may increase slightly for the first 2-3 days and then subside quickly. Ice packs or a pack of frozen peas, can be applied to help. If you have an increasing swelling 3 days after the extraction, then contact your dentist for a review.
Again, some discomfort or pain is normal for the first 48 hours and it should respond well to painkillers like ibuprofen or paracetamol-avoid aspirin. If your pain is not reducing following the second day, it’s best to be reassessed or to contact an emergency dentist to check that there are no infections.
Exercise- avoid any rigorous exercise for the next 2-3 days, especially if you have stitches. You can open the wound up or dislodge the clot-not worth the pain and your 6 pack won’t suffer in 2 days.
Alcohol- avoid drinking for 24 hours following having a tooth removed. This can delay healing.
Brushing-You still got to look after the rest of them, just avoid the extraction site.
One of the most common reasons we see patients vising us in dental emergency clinics is due to smoking related infections after a dental extraction.
Smoking is a really difficult addiction to break, if tobacco was be classed as a drug today it would probably be illegal.
Smoking after a dental extraction is really asking for trouble. Think about it. Would you blow smoke on an open wound anywhere else on your body?
Smoking affects the quality of healing, it normally takes longer for smokers to heal after they have had any oral surgery. This is due to there being less oxygen available in the blood and smokers tend to have poorer circulation too.
What is Dry Socket?
Dry socket is a condition that occurs when there has been abnormal healing or disruption of the clot that naturally forms following a dental extraction. It is characterized as a deep seated pain that starts normally a few days after the emergency dental extraction. It may be accompanied with a bad taste or smell from the wound. It is quite simply an infection of the bone socket. Patients often comment how this is more painful than the situation prior to the dental extraction.
How to treat Dry Socket
Treatment of the dry socket is fairly straightforward and consists of removal of any old clot and food remnants, irrigation of the socket with special antiseptics and placement of an antiseptic dressing. You may also be provided some antibiotics.
In order to prevent painful dry socket after extractions, it is recommended to avoid smoking for a minimum of five days.
Risk factors include smoking, not following care of the wound following the extraction, use of the contraceptive pill and a prior history of dry socket. You are more likely to develop a dry socket if the extraction was particularly difficult or traumatic.
Left untreated, dry socket can (rarely) cause a chronic infection of the bone called osteomyelitis.