The following situations are classified as a dental emergency and should be seen urgently:
- Excessive bleeding following an extraction
- A severe swelling which is encroaching on the airway space
- Direct tooth trauma following an accident
In the event of any of these situations please contact the practice immediately on 0191 2220725 and you will be seen straight away. If it is out of normal surgery hours you will receive a message detailing the NHS 24 hour emergency cover. If you a Denplan member you will have been issued a 24 hour helpline number for your use here and abroad.
The following situations are classified as less urgent but it is desirable to be seen within 48 hours:
- Continuous toothache not relieved with regular pain relief medications
- Broken tooth/filling which is sharp and causing tongue ulceration
- Lost crown or temporary crown
- Lost filling at the front of the mouth
Please contact the practice and you will be offered a toothache slot within 48 hours
The following situations are non urgent but require attention within 7-10 days:
- Lost filling, no pain
- Bleeding gums on brushing
- Sensitivity to hot/cold or sweet stimuli
- Occasional pain on biting
- Lost temporary filling
Please contact the practice and you will be offered the next available appointment.
Most dental pain is inflammatory in nature and can be relieved with the use of paracetamol in conjunction with a Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drug ( e.g Nurofen, ibuprofen ) The use of a warm salt and water mouthwash, or Corsodyl mouthwash can help relieve the discomfort of a dental abscess swelling. Avoid extremes of temperature and biting on the affected area.
If your child has fallen and knocked a front tooth:
If the child is less than six years old it is likely to be a baby tooth and if the child is not distressed he/she may or may not require any treatment. Please ring the surgery for advice.
If they are over six and if the whole tooth has come out, store the tooth in the child’s saliva or milk and come to the practice as soon as possible, it may be possible to put the lost tooth back in place, or restore the fractured section.
Teeth which have suffered trauma may develop problems with the nerve in the future. Signs to look out for are discolouration ( pinking or greying) tenderness on biting or a swelling in the gum next to the tooth.