Life is full of spills and tumbles. Whether you’ve fallen over playing football with friends, slipped in the kitchen or bathroom, or even just fallen out of bed, we are all accident prone, and a certain degree of self-inflicted injury is inevitable. If you’ve damaged, chipped or broken a tooth, it’s imperative that you seek immediate treatment from an emergency dentist in Beaconsfield, to ensure that the problem is addressed swiftly, and before any further damage can come to pass.
Chips and breaks
If you’ve chipped or broken a tooth – even slightly – it can be a traumatic experience to say the least. If a tooth has come out completely, due to injury or any other accident, it is recommended that you preserve the tooth by initially picking up the tooth from the crown (chewing part) and not the root – this is important. Then it is recommended to gently wash the tooth with water if it is dirty, before gently pushing it back into the socket using your fingers, by holding the crown. You must then ensure that the tooth is kept moist continually, and ensure that you seek immediate dental assistance within 30 minutes from an emergency dental clinic to maximise the possibility that the root of the tooth can be reattached and restored. If you have suffered a chipped or broken tooth, it is also imperative that you seek dental assistance as swiftly as possible, to ensure that the tooth can be fixed, and to minimise the pain or discomfort you are feeling. When treating a chipped tooth, dentists can smooth down any uneven edge that is exposed, and attach a tooth-coloured filling to the missing section of the tooth, to restore the patient’s smile. These fillings are specifically colour matched to fit perfectly with the surrounding teeth so that the chipped section will be virtually undetectable.
If you are experiencing toothache of varying degrees, there are numerous home-remedies which you may wish to experiment with, prior to seeking the aid of an emergency dentist. These include taking over-the-counter medications, such as paracetamol, or Ibuprofen in an attempt to relieve pain and ease sleep. If these do not prove to be effective, then you can also try a cold-compress to alleviate any swelling or discomfort. This is done by applying a bag of ice to the side of your face where the pain is for short periods at a time, and acts as the cold from the ice helps to constrict the blood vessels within that area, and thus minimises pain. If the pain is too severe, then it is recommended that patients seek the aid of an emergency dental clinic as swiftly as they can, to ensure that the problem is dealt with professionally and swiftly, and normal life can resume.
The process of seeking emergency dental treatment varies depending on the severity of the case, and the nature of the treatment. However, it will initially begin with the dentist sterilising the affected area, and administering a local anaesthetic depending on the severity of the discomfort the patient is experiencing. Thereafter, the dentist will attempt to re-attach the lost tooth, or section of the tooth – or carry out whatever procedure is required to ensure the patient is back smiling as soon as humanly possible.