Emergency dentist – FAQs

“I need to find an emergency dentist near me, can you help?”

Emergency dentistry

Before we go into the details of what constitutes a dental emergency and whether you need an emergency dentist or not, it’s worth noting that we offer an out of hours dentist up until 7 PM Monday to Thursday and all 9am – 4pm on Saturday. If you have a dental emergency outside of these hours please call the practice and our answerphone will have instructions of what to do.

 

What to do in a dental emergency

A dental emergency will either have extreme pain or blood loss around the tooth and/or gum.

  • If you have severe dental pain then this can be considered an emergency.
  • If you have knocked or banged a tooth and either the tooth is checked and bleeding itself or there is excessive bleeding around the tooth then this is a dental emergency.
  • If you have knocked a tooth out (avulsed) a tooth then this is a dental emergency.

If you have simply chipped the tooth and there is not severe pain and/or bleeding from within the tooth or around the tooth then this would not be normally considered a dental emergency.

Losing a crown, veneer or other dental restoration is also not considered a dental emergency unless there is severe pain associated.

Gum bleeding around one tooth

If your gum is bleeding around the tooth it can be for a couple of reasons:

  1. Your dental health is compromised which means the gums are particularly sensitive, puffy, red and bleed easily.
  2. You have had some form of trauma which has caused bleeding.

Poor dental health causing bleeding

Poor dental health can cause your gums to bleed due to the buildup of tartar around your teeth. Your teeth have a sticky layer (plaque) which forms over the teeth, this layer is rich in bacteria. The bacteria feed on sugar in your diet and as they do they excrete acid, it is this acid which attacks your teeth causing decay. If you do not remove the plaque from your teeth at least twice per day then it can form into hard areas, in particular in between your teeth.

As it forms into these hard areas (tartar) it can irritate the gum and it is this irritation which causes the gums to become inflamed, red, puffy and ultimately bleed upon light contact.

This is not a dental emergency and the only way to resolve it is to improve your oral health by visiting your dentist and dental hygienist.

Bleeding around the tooth caused by trauma

This can be considered a dental emergency. If your tooth is still in place and has not been knocked out, rinse your mouth out with warm water to dislodge and clear away any broken sections of the tooth (warm water is far kinder to your teeth if they are sensitive). If there is pain then use a cold compress on the cheek, you may also find that over-the-counter painkillers can help.

Mild bleeding around the tooth will usually stop quite quickly on its own. If it doesn’t then use some clean gauze to apply pressure to the bleeding area.

If the bleeding is excessive or does not stop then either call your emergency dentist in Croydon or visit your local accident and emergency.

Bleeding after tooth extraction

The heaviest bleeding usually occurs in the first couple of hours after a tooth extraction, however bleeding usually stops much quicker than this. Everyone is different and everyone takes a different time to stop bleeding. You might find you need to keep gauze over the extraction site for up to 5 hours to ensure the bleeding has stopped completely.

Biting gently on the gauze will ensure you have adequate pressure to stop the bleeding.

It’s important not to rinse away any blood clot which has formed, we therefore recommend not rinsing your mouth out for 24 hours in order to ensure the bleeding has completely stopped.

Sometimes people find that using a teabag instead of gauze can help, this is because the tannic acid in the teabag helps to form a clot by constricting bleeding vessels.

blood clot after tooth extraction

Unless you have a medical condition or are taking drugs to prevent clotting (always remember to tell your dentist if this is the case prior to any extraction) then the blood clot will begin to form immediately after the extraction.

In rare cases a dry sockets can form, this is where the blood clot is lost and exposes underlying nerves which can be exceptionally painful. If you look into the socket, rather than seeing a dark red clot you will probably see whitish bone. Other symptoms can include pain which radiates down the side of your jaw and into your ear as well as bad breath or nasty taste in your mouth.

A dry sockets typically appear 2 days after a tooth extraction and can only be treated by a dentist who will apply a special dressing.

If you believe you have a dry sockets then this would be considered a dental emergency and you should visit an emergency dentist.

 

NHS dental emergency line

There is not unfortunately an NHS dental emergency helpline. In the event of a dental emergency please do not contact your GP, your first port of call should always be to contact your own dentist. If you do not have a dentist you can call the NHS number 111 who may be able to help find an out of hours dental service near you.

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How to find a good dentist

Finding a new dentist in Croydon can be a daunting and difficult experience, follow our top tips for finding the best dentist near you.

Questions to ask a new dentist

Relaxing at the dentistAre you focused on whole-body health?

A dentist that focuses on the entire body is far more likely to ensure that your dental health is looked after in the same holistic manner.

No one wants a dentist that simply pulls out a single tooth and takes no time to consider the implications on the other teeth or indeed the whole body.

With the use of amalgam now being clearly understood to have a detrimental effect on the body finding a dentist that is amalgam free could be important to you.

Are you a member of a professional organisation? If so which one?

Professional organisations such as Denplan or  Society for the Advancement of Anaesthesia in Dentistry (SAAD) can help to demonstrate that your dentist is keen to learn, develop and stay up-to-date with the most modern dental techniques. Who wants to go to a dentist that hasn’t been out of the dental practice for years and is still stuck in the 1970s?

Do you have recommendations from friends & family?

Asking a dentist to see recommendations from happy patients, their friends and family is one of the best ways to know if your dentist is a good one. If the dentist you have chosen cannot show these recommendations it might be the time to ask why!

Questions to ask once you have been to the dentist

Once you actually get to visit your new dentist it’s good to review the treatment and process, here’s what we recommend you think about.

Was everything explained to me in a manner that I found acceptable?

When you initially went the dentist did you complete your medical history and questionnaire form in a confidential manner and what it all explained to you. Did the dentist communicate with you in a way that you found relaxing and calming?

Was the dentist wearing magnification equipment?

When working in your mouth a dentist should really be using some form of magnification, in order to be able to see the finest details in your mouth and spot the earliest signs of gum disease and dental decay magnification loupes are a vital accessory.

Was I comfortable?

Were you made to feel comfortable in the dental chair? Did they ask if you were warm enough? Were you offered head and neck rests? Did you get to choose the music you listen to or were you even asked?

Relax at the dentist

All of these things can help you relax and feel calm and whilst not crucial to the dentistry itself can help you feel more comfortable.

Did the reception team welcome me to the practice?

When you initially arrived did the reception team look up from the work they were doing and welcome you? If they were on the phone did they politely asked the person on the phone to wait one moment whilst they spoke to you? Or were you completely ignored for some considerable time?

Was the treatment explained prior to going ahead?

Every good dentist should explain treatment beforehand, many times you should also be given a full treatment plan explaining what will happen with associated costs… Did you receive this?

Personality traits to watch out for in a good dentist

A good communicator

Being able to communicate with you is a vital trait of a good dentist, a dentist that can speak to you in words that you can understand and in a way that makes things simple and easy to follow and comprehend.

a person that is easy to talk to

If you have found a good dentist and wish to stay with them in the long-term you may find that sometimes treatment can be uncomfortable. You may also be anxious or nervous about a particular treatment, so having a dentist that is easy to talk to and approach about your concerns can help set your mind at rest.

trustworthiness

If someone says they are going to do something it’s good to know that they are going to do it. A dentist that you can trust to do what they say and keep to the timings they promise will also help to keep any anxieties at bay.

someone that focuses on detail

Teeth are rather small and tiny and are a little detail in our body… You will therefore want a dentist that focuses on this tiny detail. Sometimes when people explain things they go into extreme detail, this is actually a good trait for a dentist to have and it will be worthwhile looking out for this.

artistic and creative

If you have to have some natural tooth structure removed due to disease or decay you want to have a dentist that has a creative and artistic side in order to rebuild that tooth in a natural and holistic way. Even looking out for then natural creativity and artistic flair with paintings on the wall could be a good way to understand if your dentist is artistic.
excited about what they do

Yes, it is possible for people to get excited about teeth! If your dentist talks in an excited manner about helping you maintain your dental health then you may just found the best dentist!

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Welcome to our dental advice blog

Welcome to our dental advice blog

Welcome to the new blog of Natureza Dental, so what is it all about?

As many patients of ours in Croydon know, we are passionate about helping the local people improve their dental health and help them understand the connection between their dental health and whole-body health.

Our blog will be published approximately monthly and will go through a variety of issues such as.

  1. How to reduce the risks of oral cancer.
  2. How to spot the early warning signs of oral cancer.
  3. How to reduce stress in normal living and how does this impact our teeth?
  4. What to do if your gums bleed whilst brushing.
  5. What is the link between diabetes and gum disease?
  6. What is the link between heart disease and gum disease?
  7. What is the best diet to protect your teeth?

We will also be taking a walk through the various dental treatments on offer for a range of problems such as:

As you can see, we will be covering a considerable amount of ground with the forthcoming blog posts… But what concerns do you have with your teeth?

We’d love to hear, why not comment below and let us know your own dental concerns and questions, we can then cover that in a future blog post.