Patients with an urgent dental problem please ring the surgery on 01202 741622 as soon as possible. We reserve an emergency slot each morning at 12.40 for our own patients so please ring as early as possible and we will do our utmost to offer you an appointment that same day.
Out of surgery opening hours please call us on 01202 741622 and listen to the message. You will be prompted to call our out of hours emergency number. The message explains that the number should only be used in the event of a dental emergency such as severe pain, swelling or bleeding following tooth extraction. It will also provide the cost of a call out if required and the maximum fee for any treatment provided.
What to do if a tooth has been knocked out
Find the tooth and pick it up by the crown (the shiny part usually exposed in the mouth). Examine it. If it is dirty run it under the cold tap (do not scrub) and implant it back into the socket making sure it is the right way around. If there is no water available, lick it clean. Ask the patient to bite his teeth together to hold it in place or bite a clean pad and get him to a dentist as soon as possible. If you do not feel confident about doing this, you can store the tooth in some milk but get to a dentist as soon as you can as the success of the reimplantation depends upon getting to a dentist pronto.
What do you do if you have a toothache
Take painkillers (i.e. Paracetamol or Ibuprofen) and call a dentist. First aid remedies you can try: if the cavity is exposed, for example there is a hole in your tooth, you could apply a drop or two of oil of cloves to cotton wool and use this to plug the cavity. This acts as a nerve sedative. Alternatively, again if there is a hole in your tooth, you could try to plug it with one of the dental first aid kits available over the counter from a chemist. Try not to aggravate the tooth with cold drinks or foods.
What do you do if you are developing wisdom tooth problems
Hot salt water mouth rinses have eased many a grumbling wisdom tooth. A teaspoonful of salt in a cupful of hot water (about the temperature that you would drink tea) used to slosh around the tooth many times a day can speed not only the relief of wisdom tooth infections but also is good first aid for any wound in the mouth.
What to do if your tooth breaks
If you cannot get to a dentist get a first aid dental kit from the chemist and apply the temporary filling material to the tooth. This may be a two-man job depending on the location of the tooth.