11 Mar Need to see an emergency dentist? A guide from Dental Beauty Islington
In recent times, there has been some debate over what to do during a dental emergency.
Before 2020, it was a simple case of contacting the dental team you were registered with and attending an appointment as soon as you could, but with the rise of COVID-19, has this procedure changed?
In short, no. Luckily dental teams are still able to see emergency dental patients, but what do you do if you are only experiencing a dental emergency for the first time during the pandemic?
Whether you have a lost tooth or are in extreme dental pain, our emergency dentist in Islington can help. At Dental Beauty Islington, we are proud of our emergency dental team, and seek to provide a same-day response to anyone who comes to see us with oral discomfort. We will treat the issue and ensure that when you leave our surgery, any discomfort is relieved and you are on the road to recovery. Brilliant!
But first, what warrants a trip to our emergency dentist in Islington and what should you do if you encounter one? Read on to find out!
What is a dental emergency?
As mentioned earlier, if you have a lost tooth or have dental pain, you need to see our emergency dentist in Islington. However, if you notice a loose or lost crown or filling, a crack or chip in your teeth or if there is a bleed hard to staunch, which doesn’t cease after 20 minutes of applied pressure, come and see us.
Clean the area
When you notice that you have a chipped tooth or a lost filling, the first thing you need to do is clean the area. Yes, this may be sensitive, but keeping any dental site free from debris will make it more comfortable; we recommend using salt water and a gentle rinsing motion.
Over-the-counter pain relief
Next, search your home for pain relief; if you have ibuprofen or another non-steroidal anti-inflammatory, now is the time to take it to alleviate any associated discomfort or swelling.
Contact our team
At Dental Beauty Islington we will aim to fit any emergency appointments in on the same day we are contacted; explain to our receptionists which issues you are experiencing and you will be triaged.
Obviously, if you are having issues breathing or opening and closing your mouth, go immediately to Accident and Emergency.
Attending the appointment
When you come to the appointment, we will treat you with the compassion and care you need. We will assess the area and seek to restore any lost fillings, conceal any chip etc. If you have an infection, we will prescribe you with antibiotics to control it until your regular dentist can make an assessment.
Aftercare and prevention
If we book you in for a follow-up appointment, please keep it; we may need to perform an additional procedure such as a root canal which will prevent a recurrence.
For prevention of dental emergencies, keep up with your dental hygiene and attend our surgery every 6 months for a check-up.