emergency dental treatment

At Hitchin Dental we know how distressing a dental emergency can be. For this reason, we always strive to treat emergency on the same day. It is our aim to get the right treatment for you as soon as possible to prevent the problem getting worse and to avoid a result of more complex and expensive treatment in the future.

The following situations may be considered dental emergencies:

  • Tooth decay causing severe pain
  • A broken or lost tooth
  • A damaged or missing filling, crown, bridge or denture
  • An infected tooth

At home, whilst you are waiting to be the dentist, you may find the following suggestions useful:

  • Toothache – rinse with warm water and use a cold compress to reduce any swelling. Over-the-counter painkillers can also help.
  • Lost filling – you can put sugar-free chewing gum in the cavity, as well as chewing on the other side of your mouth.
  • Lost crown – if your crown is still intact, use sugar-free chewing gum or dental cement to stick it in position. If broken, keep the pieces and protect the cavity as described above.
  • Knocked out tooth – pick up the tooth by the crown (not the root) and rinse carefully with water. You can try to put the tooth back in position but make sure it is the right way round. If this is not possible, store it in milk (or water with a little salt). Do not put a baby tooth back in position as it can harm the permanent tooth underneath.
  • Broken tooth – gently rinse your mouth with warm water and apply a cold compress to reduce any swelling. Keep any pieces of tooth and store them in milk or salty water.

If you require an emergency dental treatment, please call the practice on 01462 438438 and ask to see a dentist as soon as possible. At our practice we offer a same day service for all genuine dental emergencies.