Regardless of how well we look after our teeth, accidents can happen. It’s not uncommon for injuries to occur that require urgent attention from a dentist. We at Wallington Smiles offer emergency dental appointments for anybody unfortunate enough to be in this situation. We never want you to feel like you have to sacrifice your dental health for the sake of convenience. Our emergency dental appointments are designed to fix problems before they become more serious.
Is my Toothache a Dental Emergency?
Typically, dental issues are okay to be left for a week or so whilst you wait for a regular dental appointment. However, we understand that sometimes, cases are too urgent to wait that long.
Unfortunately, most people will probably suffer from toothache at some point during their lives. It usually manifests as a dull ache that, although uncomfortable, doesn’t have too much of an impact on a person’s day-to-day life. Nonetheless, some cases are much more severe and can become debilitating, which is why we offer emergency dental appointments to treat patients that simply cannot wait.
What Should I do in the Meantime?
Emergency appointments are always prioritised here at Wallington Smiles. However, in the instance that your appointment is delayed for one reason or another, there are several things you can do at home to reduce the severity of your pain. We recommend swilling a saltwater solution around your mouth two to three times per day. This will act as an antiseptic, removing some of the bacteria from the affected area. To make your solution, add half a teaspoon of table salt to eight ounces of water.
If you’re still in pain after this step, it may be necessary to try over the counter painkillers, such as ibuprofen. If your cheek has swelled up, apply a cold compress to the area to reduce inflammation and provide pain relief.
What If My Tooth Has Been Knocked Out?
If your tooth has been knocked out, chipped or cracked during an accident, call Wallington Smiles as soon as possible to prevent permanent tooth loss. Keeping hold of the lost tooth is highly advisable, as your dentist will hopefully be able to restore it to the correct position. Store it either in your mouth or in a glass of milk, and avoid handling it by the root. Your dentist will insert the tooth into the socket and bind it to the surrounding teeth at your appointment. The tooth should heal in due course.
If your dentist is unable to restore your tooth for any reason, Wallington Smiles offers an extensive range of tooth replacement options that will make everyone none the wiser. You can discuss these options in detail with your dentist, who will recommend the most advisable course of action.
Visit Wallington Smiles for Emergency Dental Appointments
Maintaining basic oral health is the number one thing you can do to prevent problems with your teeth. However, we understand that it’s not always possible to avoid damage to your teeth, which is when an emergency dental appointment may prove necessary. Contact Wallington Smiles today if you are suffering from severe toothache or have lost a tooth in an accident. We are open Monday to Friday from 8 am to 6 pm.