Dental Emergency Advice

Toothache

  • Take regular pain killers if you need them
  • Good oral hygiene and reducing your intake of sugary foods will help to ensure that any decay will not get worse

Bleeding after an extraction

  • Bleeding responds well to pressure
  • Bite on a clean handkerchief firmly for 30 minutes.
  • If this doesn’t work call us
  • Some pink saliva and a little bit of oozing from the extraction site is normal, just like if you has skimmed your knee.

Bleeding gums

  • This is usually the result of gingivitis or gum disease
  • Your gums will not stop bleeding until your oral hygiene improves
  • Brush your teeth and gums twice a day, spending extra time on the ones that bleed
  • Invest in some TePe brushes or floss to clean in between your teeth

Dentures rubbing or loose

  • Consider using a fixative for loose dentures like Fixident
  • Seabond denture pads may also make a denture more comfortable or stable
  • Any sharp or rough bits can be adjusted at home with an emery board
  • Leave your denture out if it is too sore to wear

Lost crown/veneer/post crown

  • Toofypegs can be used to re-stick lost crowns and veneers at home
  • Good oral hygiene and a low sugar diet will help to prevent the tooth underneath from getting decayed

Ulcers

  • Use Bonjela on the area that is painful, before meals in particular
  • Maintain good oral hygiene
  • Take regular painkillers if needed
  • Rinse with salt water to prevent infection
  • Use Difflam mouthwash to help with pain, which can be bought from your pharmacist

Pain after extraction

  • Take regular painkillers, the pain will be at its worse 3-4 days after the extraction
  • Rinse gently with salt water (a teaspoon in a medium glass of warm water) after meals
  • If the pain is getting worse after a week, call us

Sensitivity

  • Teeth can be sensitive due to receeding gums, large fillings or decay
  • Try placing some Sensodyne or another sensitive toothpaste on the sensitive areas and leave it overnight
  • Use regular painkillers if you need them
  • Maintain good oral hygiene and limit sugar in your diet to prevent any decay getting worse

Lost filling/broken/fractured tooth

  • Emergency dentist kits can be bought to patch up the tooth at home
  • Take regular painkillers if you need them
  • Maintain good oral hygiene and low sugar diet to prevent any decay from occurring or existing decay from getting worse

Swelling

  • If you have an abscess you can try to drain it yourself at home
  • Take painkillers as needed
  • Use a hot salt mouthwash if the abscess is draining

Regular Painkillers

Adults (over 16)

Paracetamol – 1g 4 times daily

Ibuprofen – 400mg 3 times daily (If you can take it. There has been some research saying this can make Coronavirus worse so if you suspect you may have been exposed, don’t take it. The same can be said for aspirin)

NB Paracetamol and Ibuprofen can be alternated for maximum pain effectiveness

Co-Codamol – 8/500 4 times daily (on its own not with paracetamol or ibuprofen)

Children

Paracetamol doses based on child’s age

Age 12-15 – 750mg

Age 10-12 – 500mg

Age 8-9 – 375mg

Age 6-7 – 250mg

Age 4-5 – 240mg

Age 2-3 – 180mg

Age 6-23months – 120mg

Can be taken 4 times daily

You should take advice from your pharmacist over the phone if you are not sure what to take