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Chafford 100 Dental Care
Drake Road, Grays
Essex RM16 6SE
Tel: 01375 48 1000
Fax: 01375 48 1100
Regular dental care helps prevent inconvenient dental
emergencies. However, dental emergencies can and do occur.
Listed here are some of the more common dental emergencies
and what you can do until you can get to our office. A
good rule of thumb: if it hurts, do NOT wait to make an
appointment. We will be happy to see you as soon as possible. You do not need to live in Essex for us to see you.
A toothache or a sensitive tooth can be caused by
several different types of problems. At times it is a
sign of a dying nerve inside the tooth. Over-the-counter
pain relief medication can temporarily relieve the pain.
Contact us for an appointment as soon as you notice the
problem. Slight pain, if left untreated, can progress
into facial or oral swelling and severe pain. Commonly,
tooth pain can be eliminated with endodontic treatment
(root canal therapy).
A sensitive tooth may be due to exposed root, a leaking
or defective filling, decay, a bite-related problem, or
a dying nerve. See us as soon as possible for an evaluation.
Teeth with large fillings can easily break or fracture.
Call our Essex dental practice as soon as possible to have the tooth evaluated
and restored. If the broken tooth is not treated, more
serious problems can develop. Broken teeth may or may
not be sensitive to air and temperature changes. Sensitivity
and pain are not necessarily an indication of how badly
the tooth is damaged.
Tooth Knocked Out
Place the tooth in water or a wet towel or cloth.
Do not try to scrub or wash the tooth. Get the tooth and
the patient to us immediately. The faster the tooth can
be repositioned, the better the odds that the tooth can
be saved. Time is crucial.
Object Stuck Between Teeth
Use dental floss to gently remove the object. Do not
use sharp or pointed objects to push or pry the object
from between your teeth. If the object does not come out
easily, come to us for help.
Final or Provisional Crown/Bridge
See us as soon as possible to have the crown recemented.
If this is not possible, you can use a denture adhesive
(FIXODENT®, for example) that can be purchased without
a prescription. Place a small amount in the crown and
reseat it. Do not try to force it into place. It should
not be difficult to put into place. When you cannot put
the crown in correctly, save it, and bring it with you
to your appointment. We will do the cementation. The reason
the crown came out may make it impossible for the dentist
to recement the old crown. That decision will be made
during your examination.
Broken Partial or Denture
Bring the partial or denture here for repair. Do not
try to glue the plastic yourself. Do not use CRAZY GLUE®
or other similar materials.
If the appliance is loose, take the patient to the
orthodontist. If a sharp wire is exposed, cover it with
a piece of wax, gum, a small cotton ball; anything to
keep the sharp end from poking into the soft tissues.
Swollen gums are a sign of an infection. The infection
may be caused by a dying nerve inside the tooth or a periodontal
(gum) problem. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water.
See us as soon as possible. The swelling may or may not
be accompanied by pain. Either way, it needs immediate