September 25th, 2011
Dental emergencies can come in many guises and so it would be wise to learn a lot more about your teeth and what you have going on in your mouth, before you hit the panic button and dial the emergency services in Weybridge in the middle of the night, because a veneers has popped off and fallen under the settee! But an emergency is an emergency- it’s just how you react to it that is important and to understand the nature of the emergency. The first way of preparing for any eventuality is to sit down with your dentist and find out what back-up you have to help you if something does crop up in your mouth that you don’t know how to deal with. Minor dental ‘emergencies’ can be considered to be anything from a chipped tooth, a broken veneer, a lost filling or a minor toothache. These problems, although painful and uncomfortable, can be treated at home with some pain-killers and a little herbal medicine until you can get to see the dentist. Tooth loss through injury however, does take on a different angle and can cause the mouth to become infected. This may require immediate attention, but it can be addressed in the same way as above, if you can’t get an immediate slot with your dentist. But there will be times when you should call for an ambulance, and that’s when an abscess erupts in the mouth. An abscess can start to poison the blood stream as soon as it kicks in and if allowed to go unchecked, can become life threatening. Dental emergencies should be about common sense and to know when to react appropriately when a problem occurs.
October 2nd, 2010
There is no indication of when a dental emergency will arise. It could happen anytime, anywhere, explains a dentist in Weybridge. We are not talking about leaving your dentures in the pub toilet. We are talking about serious emergencies that in certain cases could be life threatening. So what are the most likely emergencies to arise and how are they best dealt with? Firstly let’s look at toothache. It’s a problem that comes from nowhere and without warning. It can be caused by a number of things, but should be addressed by your dentist. But they might not be around at 2.30 in the morning, so it’s down to self preservation. Flossing, and rinsing with warm, salty water is the first line of defence followed by painkillers. Leading on from a toothache is an abscess. These are very serious. If not dealt with, they can be life threatening and can infect the whole body if allowed to develop. If you can’t get a dentist, get to a hospital, if only for peace of mind. Now we come to tooth damage. Whether it’s a chipped tooth or a tooth has been knocked out, the same rules apply. The tooth or chips should be saved if possible until you can get to a dentist for analysis. The mouth should be rinsed and a swab used to stop cold air invading the wound. Painkillers can help. Finally, a more common emergency is the loss of a crown or a filling. In the case of a crown, the exposure of the tooth to the air can cause intense pain. This can be treated with clove oil and the crown can be slipped back on using toothpaste or sugar free gum as in the case of a filling. Whatever the case, any emergency should not be underestimated. A dentist should always be sought immediately. But if the problem escalates, don’t take any chances, call an ambulance.
August 2nd, 2010
A dental emergency kit is a must for every home, the main reason most of us don’t have one is that dental emergencies are thankfully rare, says a Surbiton dentist. The kits are available through the internet and at most chemists, like a first aid kit they contain most of the things you`ll need for an emergency. True to Murphy`s Law, when an emergency happens it is generally in the night or on a week end. Accidents happen all the time, you could easily chip or crack a tooth while eating hard food, or tripping over and banging your face. These kits are prepared for that with dental cement that will cover the chip or crack, the application is quite easy and most kits also come with a dental mirror so you could do it yourself if necessary. The cement is a temporary measure, and shouldn`t be used as a long term cure, as such. You will need to see a dentist as soon as possible to get proper treatment. Tooth ache is dealt with in the kit with Oil of Cloves and baby buds to apply it, the oil generates heat that will relieve the pain, taking Ibuprofen or aspirin will also help to bring down any swelling as they contain an anti-inflammatory. Never use alcoholic drinks as a pain killer, they don`t work very well and if your dentist smells alcohol on you they may refuse to treat you straight away. Remember that you may need an anaesthetic, and they don`t go too well with alcohol in the system.
August 30th, 2008
When it comes to dental problems, your foremost line of defence is a general dentist. While general dentists chiefly offer preventative treatment and minor restorative cure, they usually are capable of performing an extensive range of dental treatments, including cosmetic procedures.
While general dentists normally do not undertake postgraduate education programs in dental specialization, they continue to undergo training even after leaving dental school. By being present at lectures and taking part in practical intensive courses that continuing education programs provide, general dentists gain additional dentistry knowledge. Hence, general dentists who choose to take up practice instead of participating in specialized postgraduate training courses may still obtain a higher dental education than that which DDS and the DMD degrees offer.
General dentists in Kinston upon thames who don’t carry out a specific procedure will refer you to a specialist.
Now a dental emergency refers to a kind of medical emergency that involves the gingival or the teeth. If you experience pain, regardless of the intensity, in these mouth areas, it can point to an acute underlying problem which could get worse over time. It is essential to call on a Kingston upon thames dentist as early as you can for a professional assessment to reduce injury to the gums, teeth, as well as supporting bone. To get relief from acute oral pain short-term treatment may be taken.
A toothache, which is also called odontalgia or by its less common name odontalgy, is a painful ache around or in a tooth. In the majority of cases toothaches are brought on by tooth or jaw problems like gum disease, cavities, the surfacing of wisdom teeth, jaw disease, infected dental pulp, a broken tooth, or an exposed tooth root. Toothache causes may also be symptoms of heart diseases like a myocardial infarction, or angina, because of referred pain.
If one or more of your teeth are taken out a condition called dry socket can arise, resulting in acute pain. The seriousness of a toothache could extend from a slight distress to a severe pain, which may be felt either at irregular intervals or persistently. This pain can frequently be further worsened by extreme temperatures or chewing. A thorough oral check-up together with X-rays could assist in finding out the cause. Acute pain may be regarded as a dental emergency.
An atypical odontalgia refers to a kind of toothache seen in seemingly healthy teeth. The pain which usually is not very sharp frequently shifts from tooth to tooth, lasting from about four months to many years. This is mostly experienced by older women. It is still not known what causes atypical odontalgia.
To get relief from dental pain, clove oil enriched with eugenol may be availed of to treat it; using a cotton swab, a drop may be dabbed on as a palliative. For example, after a wisdom tooth is taken out, a condition called dry socket may arise where nerve endings tend to be exposed to air. To obtain relief from this kind of pain, a piece of aseptic cotton or gauze dipped in clove oil may be put in the socket once it is thoroughly cleaned with saline.
OTC topical anaesthetics having active ingredients like choline salicylate or benzocaine may be directly smeared on the gum to numb the sensation.
Apart from the above mentioned there are various home cures with different levels of effectiveness for getting immediate relief from oral pain.
Analgesics like paracetamol (acetaminophen), aspirin, and ibuprofen also are widely used; ibuprofen and aspirin have the further benefit of being anti-inflammatory. Heat and/or ice are also regularly used. For temporary relief from pain a Kingston upon thames dentist may recommend any anti-inflammatory corticosteroids like Dexameth.