We understand how worrying and how uncomfortable dental and oral pain can be. When there is pain, there is usually some oral health complication in or around the affected area.
Any form of tooth pain, no matter how mild or extreme is a sign that you need to make an appointment to see your dentist immediately.
Most of the times treating the complication right away may mean something as simple as needing a filling due to tooth decay. However if these types of treatments are delayed it may lead to something far more complicated and expensive such as root canal treatment or even a drastic measure like removing the tooth in question.
Think you have a dental emergency?
If you’re looking for a trusted and experienced emergency dentist in Reading to help quickly stop your tooth pain then our state-of-the-art clinic can help.
What you can expert during your emergency treatment
We treat all our emergency patients exactly how we would expect to be treated in this situation: with compassion, dignity and respect. We try and treat dental emergencies the same day but this will obviously depend on how many slots we have available, so the sooner you can call in the day the better.
So that we can agree on your most suitable treatment, we will discuss with you the recommended treatment options available to you (including cost, length of treatment, sedation, recovery time etc).
Emergency Dental Care Tips
While you are waiting to see us, try following these helpful emergency dental care tips to help alleviate any pain:
Rinse your mouth with warm water and take over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen, but remember to follow the instructions on the packet. A cold compress can help reduce any swelling.
Place sugar-free chewing gum or a temporary filling material in the cavity and avoid eating or drinking on the affected tooth.
If still in one piece, use chewing gum or over-the-counter dental cement to stick the crown in place temporarily. If broken, keep all the pieces and cover the cavity in the same way as a lost filling.
Knocked out tooth
Hold the tooth carefully by the crown (the part that shows when in your mouth) and rinse gently with water (but be sure not to scrub). Try to put the tooth back in place but make sure it is the correct way round. If this is not possible, then keep it in some milk (or water containing a pinch of salt).
Don’t reinsert a baby tooth as it can damage the permanent tooth underneath.
Collect any pieces of tooth and store them in milk. Rinse your mouth with warm water and apply a cold compress to reduce any swelling.
Some simple precautions you could take to avoid dental injuries:
- Always use a mouth-guard during any contact sports.
- Never chew ice, popcorn kernels nor hard sweets.
- Avoid using your teeth cutting threads or similar objects.
- Don’t hold small torches between your front teeth when you do DIY work.