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Emergency Dentist in Esher, Surrey
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If you require dental treatment as an emergency please call our practice landline during normal opening hours on 01372 462266 Monday – Friday which is available between 9am-6pm. If the emergency occurs out of hours please call our dedicated helpline on: 07858 776507
We are happy to take on emergencies for patients travelling from Surrey, Hampshire, Greater London and beyond!
We endeavour to manage your emergency as soon as possible. When experiencing a dental emergency we encourage you to read the literature outlined below relevant to your emergency and should you still encounter difficulties to please contact our surgery as soon as possible.
We will make every effort to help manage your emergency as soon as possible to help to get you out of pain.
It is important that a dental emergency is managed promptly as any further deterioration can lead to more significant problems that may not be reparable.
What to do if you have:
Toothache can become particularly severe and if it becomes constant resulting in disturbed sleep can be almost impossible to manage through the use of medication. You may find that certain foods/drinks may exacerbate or set off the pain and in the first instance our advice would be to avoid those particular foods and drinks and to try to eat on a side of your mouth unaffected by pain. Keeping the site clean may help and therefore it is important you ensure the area is cleaned thoroughly with a toothbrush. You may also wish to consider using a mouthrinse or dental floss to remove any food impacted in between your teeth. Medication such as Paracetamol and Ibuprofen can be used to help some forms of dental pain but only if there is no reason why you are unable to take them. It is crucial that you do not leave any tablet against the gum next to the tooth in question as this may lead to soft tissue damage. If you are still struggling you must see a dentist as soon as possible
Abscesses are collections of pus and most commonly present as a small spot or pimple on the gum next to the tooth. Eventually they will burst and the pus will drain out but in some cases they can be particularly painful. It is important that these abscesses are treated promptly as they can worsen and lead to spreading infection (see below). In these cases the use of hot salty mouth rinses are encouraged to promote the discharge of pus and use of painkillers can also be of benefit. Please contact your dentist if experiencing significant problems
Spreading Infection and Facial Swelling
Sometimes dental infection can result in spreading infection which presents as a facial swelling. These swellings can affect your gums, cheeks, lips, neck and can even extend up to your eye. The swellings can either be hard or soft, can sometimes be warm and can either be completely painless or extremely painful. The swellings can also progress very rapidly and it is for this reason that action must be taken promptly. If you notice a facial swelling with or without any problems opening your mouth, swallowing, moving your tongue or causing pressure around your eyelid you must see a dentist urgently. If you notice that the swelling starts to prevent you from sticking your tongue out, starts to prevent you moving your eye or causes difficulties breathing you must go to your local hospital and/or call an ambulance urgently.
If your filling has fallen out please chew on the other side. Temporary filling materials can be bought from various pharmacies and if the cavity is clearly visible and accessible you may attempt to place a temporary material into the cavity in question until you can be seen by your dentist. If you start getting tooth ache please manage in the same manner described above.
If you crown falls off please retain the crown and make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. Please bring the crown with you to the appointment in order to assess whether the crown can be recemented in place. If you are unable to see your dentist urgently and the tooth is starting to cause pain you can consider placing toothpastes designed to tackle sensitivity on the tooth. You can also consider placing the toothpaste on the inside of the crown and, if you are able to do so, placing the crown back on the tooth until you can be seen by your dentist.
If possible try to keep any pieces, particularly if it is a front tooth. Perform warm, salty mouth rinses to keep the site clean. Bite on a clean tissue for 10 minutes to stop any bleeding that is visible. If the tooth fragment left is sharp consider placed a rolled up piece of clean gauze/tissue on the inside of your lip/cheek to avoid catching the insides of your mouth against the sharp, fractured tooth. Consider placing a cold ice pack or water bottle against the site that has been traumatised to minimise any soft tissue swelling.
Knocked Out Tooth
Ensure any other more serious or life threatening injuries are attended to first. A knocked out tooth will be roughly 2cm in length and will have a slightly pale yellow root attached to the crown of the tooth. The crown of the tooth is the part visible when it is in the mouth. Pick up the tooth by the crown and rinse gently under water if visibly dirty but do not scrub the tooth or touch the root of the tooth. Do not remove any other soft tissue fragments that may be attached.
If you feel confident consider placing the tooth back in place ensuring the position of the tooth is correct and that it is facing the right way matching the other teeth in the mouth. Once done get the patient to bite on gauze or a clean tissue on the tooth and ensure the patient sees a dentist as soon as possible
If it is not possible to place the tooth back in place then place the tooth in a small container filled with milk (not water) to help preserve the cells that coat the root surface of the tooth.
It is crucial you see a dentist as soon as possible to give re-insertion of the tooth the best chance of working. The best chances of success can be achieved if the tooth can be re-inserted within 1 hour of the incident. Therefore urgent action is key.
Injuries to Soft Tissues
This can include cuts or bruising to the outside or inside of your mouth. If bleeding occurs you must initially try and rinse with warm salty water to clean the site. Then get a slightly damp piece of gauze or clean tissue and apply pressure to the site. A cold ice pack or water bottle can also be applied against the site to reduce any swelling and pain. If the bleeding does not stop it is important you contact your dentist or attend your local accident and emergency department ensuring you maintain pressure with a damp tissue or gauze on the site.
If part or all of the denture breaks please avoid wearing the denture and wear an old set if one is available. Please contact the surgery as soon as possible to allow an assessment to be made as to how repairable the denture may be. Do not attempt to repair yourself at home as it may lead to further damage to the denture and may make the repair more difficult
Emergency Dental Services provided 24 hours a day
Please note a call out arranged outside of our normal opening times will incur a £90 call out fee as well as any additional fees for treatment
Please contact the surgery with any queries