What should I do to help relieve a toothache?
Contact us immediately to organize an appointment as quickly and conveniently as possible for you. Analgesics such as aspirin, paracetamol (acetaminophen) and ibuprofen are also commonly used; aspirin and ibuprofen have the additional benefits of being anti-inflammatories. Ice and/or heat are also frequently applied to help relieve pain.
Over-the-counter topical anesthetics containing active ingredients such as benzocaine or choline salicylate may be applied directly to the gum in order to deaden sensation.
What should I do if I have a swelling?
Swellings are caused by an infection and can be dangerous if left untreated. Contact us immediately.
What should I do if I have broken my tooth?
Broken or fractured teeth can usually be restored so there is no need to panic. Often there is no pain but If the tooth is painful, avoid hot or cold and avoid eating or biting on that side i.e. relieve the tooth from extremes of temperature and pressure. Painkillers such as Ibuprofen or Paracetamol may help.
What if I have lost a crown?
Keep your crown safe so it can be re-cemented as soon as possible to avoid damage or the need for root canal treatment. Contact us immediately.
What if I have knocked a tooth out?
The tooth needs to be re-implanted into its socket immediately.
Try not to handle the tooth root to protect the fibres around the root surface.
If possible, place the tooth back into the socket and splint in place with silver paper.
DO NOT place the tooth in water.
DO place the tooth in cold milk or on one side of your mouth between your teeth and cheeks
Contact us immediately.
What if I have broken my denture?
Broken dentures can usually be repaired relatively easily. Please resist the temptation to glue them together your self as this often makes a repair very difficult. Contact us to organise the repair.