What to do in an emergency
When you have a dental emergency, the first thing you should do is get in touch on the following numbers:
During opening hours
Call Crendon Dental Centre on 01494 528153 or 01494 461363 as soon as you can.
Out of hours
NHS patients: call 111
Private and Denplan patients – call Crendon Dental Centre on 01494 528153 and a recorded message will offer guidance on how to contact the on-call dentist.
We’ll try to see you as soon as we can, but in the meantime, here are a few handy tips to help you out:
Rinse your mouth with warm water. Any swelling can be eased with a cold compress and you can also take painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen – but be sure to follow the instructions on the packet.
Chipped or broken teeth
Keep any little pieces of tooth then rinse your mouth with warm water. A cold compress will help reduce any swelling and you can apply a piece of gauze to any bleeding areas. Try to avoid eating if there is any pain.
Knocked out tooth
Hold the tooth carefully by the crown (this is the part that normally shows in your mouth) and rinse gently with water (but be sure not to scrub or remove any little bits of tissue). Try to put the tooth back in place, and make sure it is the right way round. If this is not possible then put the tooth in some milk (or water containing a pinch of salt). Remember we will be much more likely to save the tooth if you see us quickly.
Your tooth may feel tender, particularly if you eat or drink hot or cold food, so try sticking a piece of sugar free gum into the cavity or use an over-the-counter dental cement.
Keep the crown and take it with you when you see the dentist. You can slip the crown back in place with some dental cement, toothpaste or denture adhesive but DO NOT use superglue!
These infections, which occur around the tooth root or in the space between the teeth and gums, can cause serious damage if left untreated, so do see us if you discover a painful spot-like swelling on your gum. In the meantime, rinse your mouth with warm salty water several times a day and if you experience severe pain and swelling, together with flu-like symptoms, then head straight to A&E.