When dental emergencies occur they can be can be extremely stressful and cause a lot of discomfort. Broken or cracked teeth, dental abscesses or wisdom teeth pain can all be very painful and will usually get worse if left untreated.
Dr. John Fagbemi is available as an emergency dentist London, practicing out of Kings Cross Dental Clinic, a state of the art dental practice, very easy to reach, located just a few minutes walk from both Kings Cross and St Pancras rail and underground stations.
We are available to assess and treat a wide range of dental emergencies with most patient’s seen on the same day. Whenever it is appropriate treatment will be provided immediately to get you out of pain. With friendly and professional staff, experienced in the treatment of nervous patients, emergency dental care is provided to the highest standards using the latest techniques.
Find out more about some of the common emergency dental problems that we treat.
Your Guide To Emergency Dentistry – London
Like many capital cities, the pace of life in London can be fast and furious. Dental injuries are all too common, so it makes perfect sense to be prepared for emergency dental treatment. Whether it’s a broken tooth, or the nagging pain of toothache, fast action by a skilled London emergency dentist can ease your discomfort and minimise the damage.
On the bustling streets of London, dental trauma is incredibly common. If you are involved in sports, cycling, or maybe a regular jogger, it’s important that you find the best emergency dentist before you have a dental injury. Even pedestrians aren’t free from risk, with trips and falls causing chipped teeth and broken crowns.
An emergency dentist in London is trained to handle an incredible range of urgent dental problems. One of the most alarming for a patient is a knocked-out tooth. It’s certainly a painful experience, but did you know that a knocked-out tooth can often be refitted? A chipped tooth or a broken crown is a little less dramatic, but an emergency dentist with training in cosmetic dentistry can quickly restore your smile.
Whether it’s toothache or trauma, fast action is often the key to rapid recovery. With the city’s A&E departments under increasing pressure, let’s take a closer look at some of the situations where an emergency dentist London based, can provide the best treatment.
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Emergency toothache treatment
Toothache may not be life threatening, but it can have a massive impact on your daily routine. Traditional soothers, like oil of cloves and over-the-counter pain killers, may offer temporary comfort, but an early London emergency dentist appointment is your first step towards lasting pain relief.
Most people are aware of the causes of toothache. Fizzy drinks and sugary foods are often the main culprits. Without regular cleaning, the bugs in your mouth build-up a sticky layer around each tooth. Dentists call this plaque. Eventually, the acids produced by the sugar-loving bugs eat away your teeth. The excruciating pain of toothache is felt when the bugs finally reach the soft pulp in the centre of a tooth.
Wisdom tooth pain is often the most extreme. Their large size, and awkward position at the back of the mouth, means that many of us will experience wisdom tooth pain at some time in our lives. While wisdom tooth pain is often caused by bacterial decay, pericoronitis is a common gum disease with similar symptoms.
A tooth abscess generally shows up as a fiery swelling below the gum line. Tooth abscesses are caused by a rapid build-up of bacteria. Occasionally, a tooth abscess will form in the tooth pulp or root. Damaged tooth pulp can often be removed with a root canal treatment. To avoid serious complications, you should make an emergency dentist appointment as soon as you suspect that you have a tooth abscess.
Bleeding gums and gingivitis
Londoners with hectic lives and a busy schedule may be tempted to ignore a few spots of blood after cleaning their teeth. Anyway, it’s just over-brushing – right?
Unfortunately, bleeding gums aren’t normal – not even after vigorous brushing. Blood in the wash-basin is often the first sign of gum disease – a condition that dentists call gingivitis.
Another tell-tale sign of gingivitis is a weird, metallic taste that seems to linger on your tongue. Later, as the disease progresses, the gums tend to become sensitive and inflamed. Eventually, the pain becomes difficult to live with. This is often the moment that gingivitis sufferers finally decide that it’s time to seek emergency dental treatment.
If left untreated, a mild gum disease can turn into a much more serious condition called periodontitis. If you ignore periodontitis you can expect tooth loss, and maybe lasting damage to your gums and jaw bones. Periodontitis is a disease that can be passed to your partner. That’s another compelling reason to make an emergency dentist appointment at the first sign of bleeding gums!
A broken tooth and other dental emergencies
Along with tooth and gum infections, an emergency dentist in London will regularly deal with dental accidents and trauma. This type of emergency dental treatment often involves replacing a broken crown, mending a chipped tooth or even the full restoration of missing teeth.
A physical injury can happen to anyone, at any time. Chipped teeth can usually be restored with a white filling or a porcelain veneer. Damage to the back teeth can often be fixed with special dental onlays. Crowns are easily replaced, though you will probably have to wear a temporary crown while a replacement is made in one of London’s excellent dental laboratories.
High energy activities, like running, football and contact sports tend to cause more damage when there’s an accident or a rough tackle. If you enjoy high energy sports, you can ask your dentist to provide a tooth preservation kit. A single tooth that has been damaged beyond repair can easily be replaced by a porcelain crown. Unfortunately, this isn’t an instant fix. Your emergency dentist will need take a mould of the damaged region. This is sent to a London lab that specialises in crown manufacture. After a week or two, your dentist will cement the new crown in place of the missing tooth. Modern crowns are tough, hardwearing, and well matched with the surrounding teeth.
A dental implant is ultimate replacement option after extraction of a tooth with a damaged root. The implant is a Titanium screw that an emergency dentist inserts into the jaw or facial bone. After a few months, the Titanium screw fuses with the surrounding bone. At this point, the dental implant is strong enough to act as an artificial root for a porcelain crown. If several teeth have been lost, multiple implants can be used to form a strong platform for a permanent, porcelain bridge.
When To Make An Emergency Dentist Appointment
This at-a-glance guide to dental infection and tooth trauma can help you to decide when to make an emergency dental appointment. For any of the emergencies listed, we strongly recommend that you visit a skilled emergency dentist – not the A&E department at your local London hospital. We’ve added the phone number of our King’s Cross Dental Clinic at the end of this section.
You have a knocked-out tooth
A knocked-out tooth can sometimes be refitted. Try to keep the tooth clean, and visit an emergency dentist within an hour of having the accident.
Try to find the knocked-out tooth. If you do find it, try not to touch the tooth’s root. Give the tooth a gentle rinse with water if it’s dirty, then try to push it back into its socket. If it won’t go into the socket, try keeping the tooth moist in some milk until you get to your emergency dental clinic.
You have severe pain with facial swelling
This could be an infection in your tooth, jaw or facial bones. It’s also a sign of an abscess or severe gum infection. This type of combined pain and swelling needs urgent attention. Ask for a same-day emergency dentist appointment. Meanwhile, drink lots of water to stay hydrated, and try to stay upright. A tooth abscess can lead to serious complications. Root canal treatment can often save an abscessed tooth.
You have a broken tooth
A chipped tooth can often be repaired with a white filling. Depending on the damage, a broken tooth may need to be replaced with a porcelain dental crown.
Chipped and broken teeth can be painful, but they don’t need to be classed as an urgent emergency. The quality of the repair work is very much down to the skill and experience of the emergency dentist. London has several cosmetic dentistry specialists with emergency dental training and experience – including Dr John Fagbemi.
Your gums are bleeding after brushing
Seeing signs of blood after brushing or flossing isn’t normal. It’s likely that you have a common gum disease called gingivitis.
In the early stages, gingivitis is easy to treat. Make an early appointment with your dentist to stop gingivitis becoming a much more serious problem. Any signs of blood in your mouth need to be checked out by a professional dentist.
You are suffering from toothache
Though toothache is normally due to tooth decay, it can also be caused by sensitivity, tooth-grinding during sleep (bruxism), abscesses and problems with fillings.
Before you try any self-care treatments for toothache, take a few minutes to make an emergency dentist appointment. Effective painkillers, like ibuprofen and paracetamol can be bought from any London pharmacy. They’ll certainly dull the pain, but they won’t solve the underlying problem.
You have sensitive teeth
Small cracks and loss of tooth enamel can cause increased sensitivity. Often this sensitivity will cause pain when you drink hot or cold liquids. You may even experience tooth pain when you bite.
With a little help from your dentist, a special, desensitising toothpaste can often reduce the pain of sensitive teeth. Small cracks and problems with dental pulp may require more intensive treatment. Root canal treatment can be effective in some circumstances. An early appointment with an emergency dentist will ensure a swift diagnosis.
You need an emergency dentist in central London
Our King’s Cross Dental Clinic is located at 285-287 Grays Inn Road, London, WC1X 8QD. Phone: 020 7837 0773
Situated in London’s Camden borough, the King’s Cross Dental Clinic is open from 9am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday.
Common dental emergencies
1. Toothache Don’t delay professional treatment for your toothache. Click here to find out why you should reach for the phone before reaching for your painkillers.
2. Broken Tooth A broken tooth can often look as good as new after emergency dental treatment. Click to find out how we do it.
3. Wisdom Tooth Pain Early professional intervention is the only answer to wisdom tooth pain. Read the do’s and don’ts here.
4. Bleeding Gums Bleeding gums are almost always a sign of gingivitis – a common, easily treatable gum disease. Click here for the other warning signs.
5. Broken Fillings Ouch! Broken fillings always strike when you least expect it. Click here to read about tooth saving emergency treatment.
6. Tooth Abscess A tooth abscess can quickly become a serious problem. Fever and sepsis are just two of the associated risks. Click for more information.
Additional dental emergencies
7. Chipped Tooth Dental bonding and white fillings can restore a chipped tooth to full health and strength. Here’s how we handle a chipped tooth emergency.
8. Broken Crown It’s not just sporty types that find themselves with a broken crown. Emergency dentistry has a dependable fix for this common problem. Click here for the full story.
9. Loose Tooth An expert emergency dentist can often fix a loose, wobbly tooth. Click here to pick up the top tricks of the dental trade.
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10. Tooth Extraction With emergency dentistry, tooth extraction isn’t the end of the story. Click to find out more about dental implants, crowns and permanent bridges.
11. Root Canal Treatment It may sound dramatic, but root canal treatment can actually be a life-saving dental procedure. Click for the full story on this vital aspect of emergency dentistry.