What should I do in the event of a dental emergency?
Please call us on 020 8542 2171 as early as possible in the morning so an appointment can be made as soon as possible. infinitidental clinic’s out of hours emergency number is 07549 516321.
I have a tooth ache
If you have a constant pain, this indicates there is something wrong that requires attention. Painkillers are usually necessary and if you are able to take them, ibuprofen is usually best. If you are not able to take ibuprofen, paracetamol is recommended but be careful not to exceed the maximum dose.
I have a swelling
This is usually caused by an infection and initial treatment with antibiotics may be required. You must contact us as soon as possible as the cause of the infection needs to be determined and treated appropriately.
I have fractured a tooth
Please do not panic as these can usually be restored. If the tooth is painful, avoid hot and cold foods or fluids. If there is pain, try to avoid eating or biting on that side. Painkillers can often help. An early appointment is usually necessary to avoid further damage to the tooth and possibly the nerve inside it. A temporary restoration can often be placed to ensure it is pain free whilst a permanent solution is being sought.
I have lost a crown
Please keep the crown safe, as in some instances it is possible to re-cement it for you permanently or temporarily should other treatment be required. In the meantime, if the underlying tooth or filling is painful, avoid eating near it and drink tepid fluids only. Seek our opinion as soon as possible as failure to do so can lead to further damage which may result in the need for root canal treatment or extraction.
I have knocked a tooth out
If it is an adult tooth, it ideally needs to be re-implanted immediately. Do not handle the root of the tooth and do not clean or scrub the root surface. If it appears visually dirty, rinse it briefly in water or milk before replacing it back into the socket as close to its original position as possible. Seek advice from us as soon as possible as the tooth will need to be splinted so that it remains in place and then be monitored. If re-implantation is not possible, DO NOT place the tooth in water. PLACE IT in some cold milk or on one side of your mouth between your teeth and cheeks until you can be seen either by us or a local hospital emergency dental department.
I have broken my denture
Broken dentures can usually be repaired relatively easily. Please resist the temptation to glue them together yourself as this often makes a repair very difficult. Please call us to organise the repair.