Need to see a dentist urgently?
Every day we at Middlewich Street Dental allocate time to be able to see and, where appropriate, treat patients with toothache or an urgent dental problem. The caring team at Middlewich Street Dental Practice will do their very best to relieve your discomfort on the day. Where a more complex treatment is required, we will do what we can to get you out of pain, but further appointments might be required for definitive treatment in the near future.
How do I get an urgent dental appointment?
If you do have an urgent dental concern, please call our friendly reception team to arrange an appointment or to get some advice. You can contact us on 01270 584776 or alternatively email [email protected], please include your name, contact details and the nature of your concern.
Can I be seen urgently if I am not a member of Middlewich Street Dental ?
New patients are also welcome to attend our dedicated emergency appointments, although priority is given to our existing members and patients. New patients not registered with us are welcome to call to make an appointment. Every effort will be made to treat and resolve your urgent dental need, after which you would be very welcome to reattend for a comprehensive new patient examination.
Can I be seen for an urgent appointment out of hours?
If you are in severe pain or have a dental emergency that cannot wait until we reopen, please call 07733 145126. This is a monitored emergency answer machine service for our registered private patients only. Please leave your name, date of birth, contact details and a brief description of the nature of your complaint. Alternatively, email [email protected].
If there is a hole in the tooth, or a tooth has cracked causing discomfort and is now sensitive or sharp, a temporary filling can be packed into the space. These are widely available from supermarkets and pharmacies but are temporary and not to be used long-term. Good cleaning with fluoride toothpaste and reducing sugar intake can help stop any potential decay getting worse. Desensitising/sensitive toothpaste like Sensodyne repair and protect can also help. if you rub the toothpaste directly onto the affected area and do not rinse afterwards. Anaesthetic gels such as Orajel can also help ease pain.
Wisdom tooth pain is usually due to inflammation of the gum over the erupting tooth, which can be worsened by trauma from biting. Most flare ups can be managed with thorough home care and should settle in a few days to a week. If you have difficulty swallowing, swelling in your face or cheek, or difficulty opening your mouth, call your dentist. You may need antibiotics if you have an infection or a minor infection that is spreading.
If you’re feeling pain after an extraction, you should take regular painkillers for up to seven days. It is normal for pain to be at its worst on day three or four. We cannot provide antibiotics for pain after extractions unless an infection is present. Some pink spit/oozing is normal after an extraction, but if the socket is bleeding freely, bite hard on gauze or a clean hankie for 20 minutes. If bleeding has not stopped call your dentist for further advice.
If you smoke or rinse too soon after an extraction, you risk a dry socket and this can be very painful, with regular painkillers unlikely to be effective. If this happens, you should call your dentist to seek an emergency appointment. Antibiotics will not solve this, as a dressing is needed to cover the exposed bone.
How to manage bleeding gums Bleeding gums are not a dental emergency as this is most commonly associated with gum disease,and will not stop until brushing improves. Brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste for two minutes, concentrating especially on the areas that are bleeding. Ensure that you also use floss or interdental brushes to clean between your teeth every day.
Although painful, most ulcers will heal within 7-10 days. Non healing ulcers/oral lesions present for more than three weeks should be assessed by a dentist or doctor.
If you lose a crown, you can attempt to re-cement it at home ONLY if you feel confident to do so.
Whilst these won’t cover every issue, if you follow these tips you can ensure you will keep your mouth as healthy as possible until you can see your dentist again. We hope that you find all of the above advice useful, however; should you be unsure on any of the above, please do not hesitate to contact our team and we will do our very best to help as we are still at the end of a phone.
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