Regular check-ups at your dentist usually need to be scheduled days, if not weeks,in advance. If you have a dental emergency, you will need help much more quickly, but deciding exactly what constitutes a dental emergency can be tricky.
At Harley Street Dental Clinic in London, we understand that accidents happen. Our practice is open six days a week offering various services from teeth cleaning to oral surgery. Although we do not have a dedicated emergency dentist in Harley Street, if you experience an accident or pain, call us at our emergency service line and we will be able to direct you to the right person. We will strive to book an appointment for you as soon as possible in order to help you alleviate your pain and offer a permanent solution to your problem.
How do I know if I require urgent dental treatment?
Most dental emergencies are nowhere near the severity of a medical emergency, but the idea of extreme tooth pain is not pleasant. However, in some cases failure to seek immediate treatment will increase the risks of permanent tooth damage, gum disease and the need for extensive (not to mention expensive)dental treatments in the future.
Here are a few good reasons to visit a dentist at Harley Street as soon as possible.
Pain from a damaged or infected tooth requires immediate dental attention since it can be extremely discomforting for the patient. To ease the pain before your appointment, follow the following steps:
- Rinse your mouth with a mild water-salt solution;
- Apply a cold compress on your cheek to minimise swelling;
- Take a painkiller, but do not place it directly on your teeth or gums as it may burn the soft tissue.
Losing a tooth as a result of accidents, fights or sports activities is definitely in the category of dental emergencies, but luckily your dentist at Harley Street will be able to restore your tooth as long as you have held onto it carefully during the rush to the dental clinic. You can hold it in your mouth, or store it inside a cup of milk, and do not handle it by its root.