Tips for nervous patients visiting our dentist in Southgate

Visiting the dentist for most patients is a fairly normal part of their routine that doesn’t involve a second thought. But, there are a number of people that are still nervous about stopping by a practice for an appointment as dentophobia, ‘fear of the dentist’,  is a pretty common phobia and sadly it can often put patients off from making an appointment as the anxiety kicks in. In these modern times however that should no longer be the case, as dentists are now very aware and sympathetic to these concerns.

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With that in mind, here are a few tips our team has come up with for patients that may be feeling a little nervous about their visit to our dentist in Southgate.

Talk to the team about your concerns

Perhaps the most vitally important tip we can give you is to just take some time to talk to our team. We are more than happy to take things at your pace and our trained professionals can help you feel a little more confident about your impending treatments.

Having a chat also allows you to learn more about the procedure, for instance what’s involved, whether there’s going to be any discomfort and what you can generally expect during the process. Plus it allows you to come up with a way of letting the team know when you need a break. At Adams Dental our team will strive to provide you with a calm and relaxing environment whilst you undergo any treatments and we have a range of relaxation options to fit a variety of needs.

If talking to others is something that can also make you feel nervous then setting up something as simple as a hand gesture for a short pause is also acceptable. Unfortunately our team are not mind readers, so it’s down to you to let us know when to stop.

Listen to some relaxing music

The whirr of drills and general noise of a busy practice can be quite overwhelming for nervous patients, so what better way to shut out everything than by listening to some of your favourite tracks. Getting completely lost in the music of a song can make a lengthy treatment fly by and make it seem like only minutes have passed.

When choosing your tracks we recommend that you stick to something gentle and relaxing, avoid any thumping bass lines or heavy metal as this will just get your heart racing, which in turn can make you feel more nervous.

Bring someone with you

If you are struggling to stay calm ahead of your visit to our dentist in Southgate, then you can also talk to our team about bringing someone in with you when you stop by the practice. Having a familiar face can help anxious patients focus and stay more relaxed in a room filled essentially with strangers.

Discuss further relaxation options with your dentist

One last possibility worth considering is to talk to our team about our hypnosis or sedation options during your treatment, to help you stay relaxed and calm.

These are just a few things you can try should those feelings of anxiety start to take hold of you before or during your next appointment, to make things a little easier for yourself.

When to contact our emergency dentist in Southgate

One of the most common problems faced by our dentists is getting patients to make contact with our team due to a dental emergency. This is because many patients may go about their daily routine unaware that their dental problem is serious enough to warrant immediate treatment, instead of waiting for a regularly scheduled appointment.

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So with that in mind, here are a few signs which may mean that you should get in touch with our emergency dentist in Southgate right away.

Cracks, chips or missing teeth

One of the most common and easily noticeable signs that you should get in touch with our team for an appointment with our emergency dentist in Southgate is when there are any cracks and chips in your teeth, or if one or more has managed to become knocked out.

In these situations our team may use veneers, crowns or implants to restore your smile to its previous pristine condition.

Constant or intense toothache

If at any point you feel a sharp or intense pain in your teeth or if there’s a constant nagging pain in your teeth that won’t go away after 24 hours even if you take pain killers, then you should get in touch with the practice. Constant pain could be a sign that the inside of the tooth has become infected either through damage, decay or disease and it may need immediate treatment to save it, or prevent the infection from spreading and putting your gums and other teeth at risk.

At Adams Dental our highly trained team will diagnose the cause of your pain and then place you on a course of treatment to reduce or remove that source of discomfort quickly and effectively.

Persistent bleeding from your gums

Bleeding from your gums should never be ignored as it can be a sign of gum disease setting in and once that happens you open the door to gingivitis, tooth loss, decay and in some cases disintegration of the jawbone. Changing your oral routine can lessen these symptoms, but you should always get in touch with your dentist to further diagnose the source of the bleed in order to rule out any potential oral health risks.

Overly sensitive teeth

Finally, if at any point your teeth start to feel overly sensitive to the point it becomes painful, then you should make an emergency appointment. Having a high level of sensitivity could be a sign that the protective enamel layer of your teeth has either become compromised or thin enough to the point that it’s too sensitive to temperatures.

Our team can provide a number of solutions, as well as recommend ways to change your daily oral cleaning routine to make your teeth stay stronger for longer.

So if you are struggling to figure out if your current oral health woes warrant an emergency appointment, then just keep a few of these signals in mind. If you are experiencing any of the above mentioned symptoms do not hesitate to get in touch as the sooner we see you, the quicker we can get you on the path to recovery.

Put your fear of dental practitioners to bed with our caring dentist in Southgate

Dentophobia is more common than you would think, experienced by adults and children alike. Feeling scared or anxious before seeing the dentist can stem from a frightening childhood trauma or previous encounters with impersonal practitioners who did not prioritise a patient’s well-being.

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Let us restore your faith in the dentist in Southgate with our second-to-none array of personalised services, our high quality of care and our friendly and professional bedside manner. The proof is in the pudding, and we boast loyal customers who have been with us since our inception in 1981. 

First time patients and anxious patients

If you are new to our practice or have not seen us for a while, it is perfectly normal to feel some trepidation when you take a seat in the dentist’s chair.

If the idea of a dentist in Southgate probing the inside of your mouth is too much for you to bear, we can discuss options to help you relax and reach a calm state, such as sedation or hypnotherapy which allow you to manage your feelings of terror and dread.

If your teeth and oral health are fine, a routine check-up is a quick 30-minute session that includes an examination of your teeth and gums, cancer screening and finally, advice on how to improve upon your dental hygiene.

Affordable dentistry that fits your budget

People avoid visiting their local dental practitioner regularly for a variety of reasons, one of them being the cost.

If you can’t afford dental care, or are covered by an insurance company who does not feature us on their network, come and have a chat with us anyway. We offer flexible payment plans that your budget may be able to accommodate.

Whatever you do, don’t forsake your oral health, because an unhealthy mouth in the future will restrict many avenues of your life, to the point where it could become intolerable.

What treatments do we provide as a dentist in Southgate?

We perform various types of procedures at our practice, which are not only limited to dentistry but also include a range of facial rejuvenation treatments to help you look and feel years younger.

From filling cavities and straightening irregularly-shaped teeth, to brightening discoloured pearly whites, we can attend to all of your dental requirements, with a smile.

After your session with us, we do not just send you on your way without educating you about your teeth. We teach you how to take care of your mouth, and prevent the onslaught of an array of recurring common oral diseases by incorporating our dental hygiene best practices into your teeth cleaning ritual.

Learn what plaque is, why it’s public enemy number one for your gums and teeth and how to implement the most effective ways of removing harmful germs and bacteria.  

When will I first start seeing results?

The answer to this question depends on the dental work you are having done. Some procedures, such as tooth whitening, provide immediate improvements, while it might take months before you can boast a new tooth with a dental implant, but the long-awaited results are worth the long recovery.

Children’s dental emergencies at the emergency dentist in Southgate

Accidents happen, but it is hard not to panic and seemingly impossible to keep a level head when your child is the injured party. However, as a parent, it is essential to stay calm, help to alleviate some of their pain, and seek out medical attention immediately.

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Without closely examining the affected site, it is challenging to determine the source and severity of the cut, wound, or fracture, so call our emergency dentist in Southgate and request an urgent appointment. Otherwise, phone our Adams Dental hotline for advice if it is after-hours, or failing that, get promptly to an emergency room.

What constitutes a dental emergency?

Unlike medical emergencies, a dental emergency is not often a life-or-death scenario. That said, the issue should not be dismissed, because if it is left untreated, you could be putting your offspring’s oral health at risk.

From knocked-out and fractured teeth to persistent, out-of-the-blue toothache, our emergency dentist in Southgate sees trauma in different forms every day.

  • A knocked-out tooth

Time is of the essence when your child knocks out one of their teeth. The pearly white needs to be repositioned in place within thirty minutes to one hour following the incident if it is an adult tooth. The longer that it is left out, the smaller your chances will be to save it. If it is a ‘baby’ tooth this may be better left out, always call for our dental advice straight away.

What you can do

Keep the tooth hydrated in a milk solution. People make the mistake of placing knocked-out teeth in water, which only dries out the roots. Although you can rinse out your child’s mouth with warm water to relieve pain and to wash away any blood. With adult teeth, the tooth can be tucked in the cheek or repositioned in the socket to keep it moist, but this poses a swallowing hazard to younger children. Much will depend on whether it is a baby tooth or ‘second’ tooth as to the course of action our dentist will take.

  • A fractured tooth

Depending on how broken the tooth is, your child will need to see our emergency dentist so that we can determine the extent of the damage.

In the meantime

  • Try to collect the fragments of the tooth that fell out
  • Rinse your injured child’s mouth with warm water and press something cold on the affected site to prevent swelling.
  • If your offspring complains about pain, it is fine to use a recommended children’s painkiller, (not aspirin though, as it is a blood thinner), just follow the instructions on the back of the box. You can always check with us first.
  • Severe toothache

There can be many reasons for toothache, and not all of them are classified as dental emergencies. However, for your child, it can be a frightening experience that seems to go on endlessly.

The most common reason for constant discomfort is often tooth decay, caused by a sugar-laden diet, so a long-term solution for this issue is a diet change and to revisit your child’s dental hygiene practices. The short-term solution is to treat the source of the pain, which requires a trip to the emergency dentist in Southgate.

Try helping to relieve the pain by

  • Pressing a cold pack against their cheek
  • Rinsing the mouth out with warm salt water
  • Using mild over-the-counter pain relievers

How do I prepare for future dental problems?

Dental emergencies are unpredictable. However, you can prepare for the worst with a first aid dental kit in your home.

Include the following in your kit:

  • Gauze
  • Mouthwash
  • Cold compress
  • A tooth-storage device and fluid.

Why choose us as your dentist?

Are you looking for a change in your oral health care? Perhaps you are a nervous patient and experience some degree of anxiety or dental fear when considering a visit to a dentist in Southgate.

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We understand, at Adams Dental, that every person is unique and that your lifestyle choices and experiences have shaped you into the wonderful person that you are today. It is important that you understand that we carefully choose every dentist in Southgate at our practice for both their technical ability as a dental health care professional and as a non judgemental, dedicated and friendly person.

By feeling comfortable and relaxed with us, your dentist in Southgate, you will be able to express your smile goals and any worries more freely. This in turn lets us create a precise and bespoke treatment plan that targets your concerns and addresses them directly. The results speak for themselves and we are proud to maintain a strong and positive relationship with our patients who frequently recommend us to their family and friends.

What can I expect as a new patient?

We are currently welcoming new patients and invite you to go through our detailed, but relatively straightforward process, to become a member of our family.  We need to obtain some medical history and information regarding previous dental work from you, so that we can begin to form a file containing risk factors and problems that you may be facing.

A questionnaire will be available for you to answer prior to your first consultation in order to speed up the process. During the consultation, we like to sit down and get to know you a little better. Here we ask questions about your overall health, your diet, your lifestyle choices and what oral health goals you have for yourself. Here is an opportunity for you to talk about some of your hopes regarding the appearance and health of your smile, so that we can work together to make this become a reality.

We then move on to a physical examination which covers both the internal and external areas of your mouth. We may also need to take a series of X-rays and scans to gain a further understanding of your overall condition.

We use some of the best and most up to date equipment available throughout our routine checks, taking full advantage of the advanced technology that is available today. By using high magnification and intensive lighting, we are able to pick up on the slightest signs of early decay, meaning that preventive treatments are much more effective and restorative treatment is needed less often.

Should you need any restorative procedures to rectify any issues, we will inform you towards the end of your initial consultation. You may be able to see for yourself, thanks to intraoral cameras that allow us to see in high definition and in real-time.

We will offer you recommendations and advice as to what we believe is the best approach to your next step, towards a healthier and cleaner mouth. By offering every option that is available to you and providing you with information regarding cost, advantages and any potential risks, you can be well informed to make the best decision for yourself.

What are the benefits of visiting an emergency dentist?

Unless you have knocked out a tooth entirely during a sporting accident or due to a fall, or you are in immense pain that is forcing you to take action, you may feel like putting off visiting an emergency dentist in Southgate and simply try to ‘toughen up’.

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However, by avoiding a consultation, you can leave your teeth and gums exposed to further damage and this may result in pain or additional complications that need to be dealt with. By checking in with your emergency dentist in Southgate when you are concerned about a niggly pain, potential infection, a lost crown or a chipped tooth, you can make sure that you are taking the appropriate steps for a healthier mouth and sense of well-being.

It is important in many cases to be seen as quickly as possible by one of our team members at Adams Dental in order to limit the chances of infection to take hold or for complications to arise. In the case of a knocked out tooth, if you can make it to a dental practice within the hour of the accident occurring, your chances of reinserting the tooth are relatively high.

Can you save a knocked out tooth?

The tooth will quickly degrade, even if you leave it in a milk solution or place it back in the empty socket. Every minute can lessen the chances of a successful re-implantation and this means that you may need to resort to a dental implant in order to maintain a fully functional smile.

If a baby tooth has been knocked out, then we are unable to reinsert it. You should still come in to see an emergency dentist in Southgate if a child’s milk tooth has been prematurely dislodged, as there could be underlying damage that needs to be attended to.

If a child’s baby teeth fall out or are knocked out prematurely, issues can develop with their adult teeth growing in haphazardly, meaning that they may need corrective braces to realign their teeth and bite. We will be able to identify any concerns quickly and provide you with a reassuring  action plan if this is the case.

When should I seek emergency dental care?

There are many instances in which we deem your dental care to be an emergency. Should you experience swelling or pain, there may be an infection or an abscess which needs immediate attention. We would be able to give you help with pain relief and would sterilise the location before providing temporary measures to ease your discomfort.

In some instances, we are able to completely solve the issue, depending on the severity and the length of time the treatment takes, there and then. We will always ensure that you are comfortable before leaving our practice and should you need to book an appointment for a longer session to restore a more complex condition, we will provide you with an appointment at your earliest convenience.

We believe that it is always better to be safe rather than sorry. There is never any harm in checking in with us to make sure that your mouth is as healthy as it can be.

Let your dentist in Southgate sort out your smile

People are unhappy with their smiles or the condition of their teeth for a multitude of reasons. Your teeth are entirely unique to you, and at Adams Dental, we believe that all of our patients are unique too. We treat every dental issue with an individual, personal approach and will make sure that you get the treatment that you need.

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Your dentist in Southgate will be able to tell you about the different treatments that we offer and how they are relevant to your situation. Some people want to make their smile more aesthetically pleasing so they can feel confident when showing it off, whilst other patients require treatments to save their teeth, or to prevent additional problems from occurring. You might be worried about your child’s teeth if their adult teeth are coming through crooked or uneven, and this is something we are able to address as well.

Cosmetic dentistry

As people get older, they often focus more on things like the appearance of their smile. Your teeth can yellow with age and become stained, and this can cause people to feel embarrassed. At Adams Dental we can provide you with tooth whitening treatments that will improve the brightness of your teeth by several shades, leaving you feeling proud to show off your teeth.

Teeth can also become damaged over time. They can become worn down or damaged due to tooth decay and in some cases chipped or cracked. Your dentist in Southgate can disguise any chips you may have through using veneers. Made of porcelain, and barely noticeable, they attach to the surfaces of your teeth and can make them appear longer, wider, or just cover up an unwanted chip.

If your tooth is damaged, then you may need a crown to help support it. These attach onto the tooth and help to strengthen it, often being used if the tooth is cracked as well. Crowns can be used to replace a missing tooth too, and will close up the gap that you have. When you are replacing a missing tooth with a crown, you can even choose to have it implanted if you wanted to have a more permanent solution to the gap in your smile.

Braces for adults and teenagers

Many people believe that braces are an appliance that can only be useful when you are a teenager, and when your teeth are more susceptible to movement. This is not the case, and at Adams Dental we provide braces for both children and adults. We have a range of different types of braces available and your dentist in Southgate will be able to ensure that you receive the right type of treatment for your situation. 

Traditionally, braces were used to straighten teeth, but we can now correct a lot of other problems too. Sometimes you may suffer from overcrowding, which is where there is not enough room in your mouth for all of your teeth, and they have not been able to grow straight. In these circumstances you may need to have a tooth removed, before you have your straightening treatment, to make sure that it works properly. +

There are braces that can align your jaw properly too. If your jaw needs to be realigned, then this will take place before you have your brace fitted, in order to straighten your teeth, as it will allow our dental practitioners to know what positions your teeth need to be moved into.

Do you need an emergency dentist in Southgate?

At Adams Dental, we know just how traumatising it can be when a tooth emergency occurs. We want to make getting an appointment with an emergency dentist in Southgate as easy as possible, and will do whatever we can to make sure that you are seen on the same day. Whether you have woken up in intense pain, or you have been involved in an accident, it is always recommended that you seek dental advice as soon as possible to prevent any further damage from being done.

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If you require emergency assistance outside of normal working hours you will be able to listen to the message that is on our answering machine, which will provide advice, and we will endeavour to arrange for one of our practitioners to see you as soon as possible, once the practice is open. Nobody should have to suffer with a tooth dilemma alone.

What constitutes an emergency?

There are several things that can happen which can result in a dental emergency. It is common for people to visit their emergency dentist in Southgate after they have knocked out a tooth in a sporting injury or another type of accident. These tooth emergencies should be dealt with as soon as possible, to try and save the original tooth. If one of your teeth have been knocked out, then there is still a chance that one of our practitioners will be able to reattach your original tooth.

Sometimes you will suffer with your wisdom teeth. A certain amount of discomfort is to be expected when your wisdom teeth are coming through, but occasionally your wisdom teeth can become stuck or infected. If this goes unnoticed or untreated, you could find yourself in a severe amount of pain quite quickly, and potentially in need of an emergency appointment. When wisdom teeth come through at an angle, they can become stuck, and where they have broken the skin can become infected. At Adams Dental we can remove your wisdom teeth efficiently and provide medication to treat any infection that may be present.

A chipped or cracked tooth can damage your confidence if it affects your smile, but it can also damage your oral health if it becomes infected. If you are aware that your tooth has been chipped and you still have the part of the tooth that has broken off, your emergency dentist in Southgate might be able to reattach it for you. If we are not able to reattach it, then we will discuss treatment options with you, such as veneers, which will cover up your chip and restore your smile.

What to do in an emergency

If you find yourself in a dental emergency and do not know what to do, phone our dental practice and we will be able to give you advice on what to do whilst you wait for your emergency appointment. If you have knocked out or chipped a tooth and still have the broken tooth, it is vitally important to keep this clean, preferably by keeping it in milk. If there is swelling you can use a compress to reduce this.

Taking pain relief is a good idea if you are suffering from wisdom tooth pain, or have a severe generic toothache, but make sure you take it responsibly and inform our dental practitioner of what pain relief you have taken when you attend your appointment.

What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry is the process of improving a patient’s smile through a variety of techniques and treatments. Once the mouth has achieved a good level of oral health, then the look of the smile can be addressed and inspected to see what areas of the teeth could be improved. For example, you may not be happy with the colour, or the layout of your teeth, and these are all problems that cosmetic dentistry can fix. If you are looking for a dentist in Southgate for cosmetic purposes, then Adams Dental will have all the treatments that you need to achieve a pleasing smile.

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Cosmetic consultation

While some of you can come in and ask for a specific treatment, which we are more than happy to do, we understand that some people might not know exactly what they want, just that they want a better smile. Therefore, like many other dental practices, we want to ensure that you are getting the treatment you deserve, so will offer a cosmetic consultation service. This means that when you come in, we will assess your smile, take scans and X-rays, and consider other factors such as your age, skin tone, and mouth shape. Therefore, we will be able to build a smile that is perfect for you and complements the rest of your facial features. If you are looking for a dentist in Southgate who can give a cosmetic consultation, then do not hesitate to contact us.

Teeth whitening

One of the safest and most popular treatments is teeth whitening. Teeth whitening uses a bleaching agent to target specific areas of the teeth and make them a shade whiter. This is a common treatment and can be done at home with teeth whitening kits. These can often be on the instructions of a dentist, but can also be administered by the dentist themselves. This can be useful if there is one tooth that is discoloured as a dentist can target this tooth exactly, and make sure the shade of the tooth blends in nicely.

Veneers

If you are concerned about your teeth and need a dentist in Southgate to fit you with some veneers, then Adams Dental may be the best option for you. Veneers are made from porcelain and are extremely dense. This means that they will protect your teeth from any further damage. Often people will get veneers fitted to cover up chips and cracks on their teeth, in order to save them from being damaged further.

Veneers are also a fantastic cosmetic option and can be ideal for people who want an entirely new set of teeth, but value their existing teeth, which may be completely healthy. Veneers work by bonding them onto the enamel with an extremely strong adhesive. The enamel is often drilled away slightly, in order to make a rougher surface for the veneer to bond to. Enamel is naturally smooth, which can be a difficult surface to bond to. It also provides enough space for the veneers to look natural, and as if they are your natural teeth.

General Dentistry

General dentistry is the practice of improving oral health through a variety of treatments. If you are looking for a dentist in Southgate, then Adams Dental has a wide range of treatments. Our team here has your best interests at heart, and if you find that you have difficulty with your teeth, or are experiencing pain, then we will make it our number one priority to make sure that your problem is resolved and your pain relieved.

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Emergency Dentistry

We understand that sometimes dental treatment needs to be immediate, so it is important that dental practices are set up to receive emergency patients. This can be anything from sudden pain, to damaging your teeth. Either one can be dealt with swiftly by our team. If you urgently need a dentist in Southgate, then do not hesitate to give us a call on our emergency number.

Broken teeth

If subjected to a strong enough blow, teeth can break or crack, which can be extremely painful, and also damaging to your oral health long term if they are not repaired. The dentine, and in some cases the dental pulp can be exposed, which makes them extremely vulnerable to infection and decay. Therefore, it is important that if you break your teeth, you should see a dentist as soon as possible. If you need a dentist in Southgate, then we will be able to assist you.

Knocked out teeth

A knocked-out tooth is known as a dental avulsion, and happens when a force is strong enough to snap the periodontal ligament, which is what bonds the tooth to the gums. Once the tooth has been knocked out, the root cells are then exposed, which means that time is critical. As the cells should never normally be in contact with anything but your gums, they are extremely delicate. Just so much as picking the tooth up by the root can be enough to destroy them, and the tooth being in water is also enough to burst the cells. Therefore, if you find yourself in this situation, it is important that if you are reinserting the tooth, you are made aware of how delicate the cells are. Simply putting in the tooth the wrong way can destroy them. Therefore, if you need to transport the tooth to the dentist, it is important that you either put the tooth into a saline solution, or milk. Therefore, the tooth will be kept under the safest conditions for transportation. However, time is extremely important in this situation, so the sooner you find a dentist the better.

Replacing the tooth

If the tooth cannot be repositioned, then it will be lost, as the tooth roots will have been destroyed, and the tooth cannot re-bond with the socket. Therefore, your dentist will be able to advise you on a replacement, which could be anything from a bridge or a crown, to a dental implant. Your dentist will be able to give you a consultation, and discuss clearly with you what your best options are.