What to expect when you see our emergency dentist in Southgate

Many people know the drill when it comes to seeing their dentist for a biannual check-up.

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They go in, there is a brief examination of the mouth and then, if needed, other procedures are done such as fillings, cleans and the application of fluoride sealants.

However, this can pose a bit of a puzzle when it comes to attending an emergency appointment; will it be the same?

Almost all dental surgeries across the UK can offer patients emergency appointments and, unlike other emergency departments such as A&E, you cannot simply walk in and be seen. You have to call ahead and will be given an appointment to attend, usually on the same day.

Our team at Adams Dental is proud of our emergency dentist in Southgate. We offer same-day appointments to all of our emergency patients and will always aim to make your appointments with us as simple and stress-free as possible, while also relieving any discomfort you may be in.

But what exactly can you expect when you attend a visit to our emergency dentist in Southgate?

Assessment

If you have an abscess, a lost filling or an abnormal swelling, you may find it strange that our emergency dentist in Southgate has to perform an entire assessment of your mouth. But there is a reason!

If you are suffering from discomfort in one part of your mouth, it may be possible that it is referred pain from somewhere else that simply appears in that part of your mouth thanks to nerves. So, we perform a thorough assessment to check for that and to ensure that your overall oral health is good.

Discomfort relief

It stands to reason that, if you are attending our surgery for an emergency appointment, you are likely suffering from a bit of soreness or aching!

Should this be the case, our emergency team will take care to treat you as gently as possible while easing your discomfort with injectable numbing agents or pain relievers.

Diagnostics

Of course, the main focus of what our emergency team does is to perform diagnostics; why is your tooth hurting or what is causing the abnormal swelling?

In most cases, we can manage the issue in our surgery but, should it be outside the realm of what we can handle, we may refer you to our nearest hospital where the issue can be better assessed and treated.

Medication

One of the most common emergencies that our team sees is dental abscesses which require some rather extensive treatment.

If you have one, we will aim to relieve the discomfort and treat the infection with antibiotics. We will usually do this before offering an extraction or root canal as an untreated infection could cause secondary issues throughout your body.

Follow-ups

And finally, when you attend an emergency appointment with us, we may need to schedule a follow-up examination. Once again, if you have had an abscess, we will need to treat it with a root canal or an extraction and, in most instances, this can be done during the emergency appointment.

Looking for a dentist in Southgate? Adams Dental has it all

When you are trying to find a dentist, it can be difficult to know where to start. Recommendations from family and friends may be useful, however, you should also know what treatments are available to you. The last thing you want to have to do is be referred to multiple places for additional treatments; it’s far better to be treated in the same practice by the staff you know and trust. At Adams Dental, we have been established since 1981 and have a vast number of treatments to suit your needs. With treatments in the areas of cosmetic orthodontics, cosmetic dentistry, general dentistry, preventive dentistry, implants and restorative work, as well as advanced dentistry, we like to think we’ve got you covered. In fact, we also offer aesthetic treatments for the face and body too! For a dentist in Southgate, we’re moving with the times and taking you with us!

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Treatments

While we could write a book on what we do, we know you haven’t got time to sit and read it, so we’ll give you the highlights on a couple of our popular treatments and you can come and chat to us to find out more about all that we have to offer and what is the right treatment for you.

Dental implants

If you have missing teeth, it’s likely that this is a source of anxiety for you. At Adams Dental, with our dentist in Southgate we don’t want you feeling self-conscious about smiling and laughing. You need to feel natural and respond confidently without trying to hide your smile. One solution we offer for this is a dental implant. Implants consist of metal screws that are fixed to the jawbone to which crowns, bridges or dentures may be attached depending on how many teeth you need to replace. The screws are firmly adhered within the bone and so they should not move or loosen when you talk, eat or drink. Your replacement teeth will look like your original teeth, so nobody should know that you haven’t got a completely natural smile and you will certainly be able to laugh, talk and eat normally once you have them without any fear of them letting you down.  Implants can be fitted without the need for general anaesthetic, so it is also a straightforward treatment that can be performed in the practice. It’s well worth having done in order to protect any remaining natural teeth from exposure to bacteria; it also adds structure to your face if your visage has shrunk, making you look more fresh faced and youthful – in fact the benefits of this treatment are extensive.

Enhance your looks with a dentist in Southgate

On the topic of looking fresh faced, we also offer a range of facial aesthetics treatments. While it may sound odd that a dentist offers facial aesthetics treatments, it actually isn’t as strange as you might think. Dentists are experts in facial anatomy and are very used to performing delicate work and treatments. By choosing Adams Dental for facial aesthetics, you can be sure that you are receiving highly knowledgeable and experienced expertise – exactly what you want when seeking a more youthful appearance.

To find out more about how we can help with any treatments you may need, why not give us a call and book in for a consultation? We can talk you through the treatments that are right for you and organise your treatment plan to get you on your way to feeling great all round!

Adams Dental: emergency dentist in Southgate

When you are looking for a dentist, you may be considering the types of treatments available and what the practice and its staff are like. However, it is also worth considering if emergency care is part of the service. At Adams Dental, we are an emergency dentist in Southgate who will always seek to support patients during the working week and beyond. We also offer a wide range of treatments, so you shouldn’t need to go anywhere else. We have been established since 1981 and we have the experience of evolving with the latest dental treatments, whilst providing the same attentive and friendly care that you would expect from an emergency dentist in Southgate.

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What treatments do you offer?

Alongside emergency care for sudden pain, accidents and issues with things like braces, we also offer general dentistry, cosmetic orthodontics, restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and facial aesthetics to name but a few services. We are able to help nervous patients through our calm approach to sedation and hypnotherapy. We are keen to ensure that all patients get the treatment they need in their own time, not ours. We won’t hurry you through a treatment and will take it all at your pace.

Many of our treatments are also designed to be less invasive by our emergency dentist in Southgate. If you are looking to realign your teeth, you may be interested to find out about a non-fixed method.

Invisalign

At Adams Dental, we offer a solution to realign your teeth that doesn’t involve fixed brackets and metal wires. Invisalign consists of clear plastic aligners that sit over the teeth and apply gentle pressure to move them into the desired position. They can be removed when you are eating, so you don’t need to change your diet. You can also brush and floss as normal afterwards. In fact, for up to 2 hours a day, you can remove your aligners when you want to  – the choice is yours! The aligners are made to measure your mouth and this means that they are more comfortable than brackets and wires. With the aligners being made from clear plastic, you shouldn’t need to visit us for an emergency appointment, as they are very difficult to break, unlike fixed metal braces. This means that you will require less time off work or school (for your children) to visit us.

How often would I need to visit?

With Invisalign, you will be provided with 6 weeks’ worth of aligners and you will change between them on a fortnightly basis. At the end of the 6 weeks, you will come to have a check-up with us and will be provided with further aligners. As some patients’ treatment ends after just 6 months, you may find you only have to visit us a handful of times. After treatment is completed, you will then need to wear retainers; it’s a great solution for mild to moderate alignment issues.

What next?

If you would like to find out how Adams Dental can help you, why not book in for an initial consultation? Whether you need an emergency appointment now, or in the future, we are here and have a vast number of treatments to help with any of your dental needs.

Have some questions about root canals? Our dentist answers 5 FAQs

When you are recovering from a dental infection, you will need to discuss options with our team about how to prevent it from recurring at a later date.

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Depending on the cause of the root canal, and the condition of the tooth that it is on top of, there are 2 choices. The first, which is most suited for teeth that are decayed beyond repair is an extraction, which will probably involve some stitching and a bit of soreness.

The second (and less popular option) is a root canal, which will save the tooth, will restore the strength to your bite and keep your smile intact.

So, why are extractions still the most popular of these 2 options?

At Adams Dental, we are proud to be able to offer our patients both of these options and will of course discuss the pros and cons of each treatment with you. However, as a general rule, our dentist in Southgate will usually opt for a root canal if possible as it prevents further issues in the future and keeps your smile free of gaps and misalignments. Perfect!

But we know that root canals can seem scary and so, we have answered 5 FAQs that our dentist in Southgate is regularly asked about this procedure.

Do root canals hurt?

No; in fact, many patients report a minimising of the discomfort that they felt due to the dental infection once they have had a root canal fitted.

However, our dentist in Southgate will also ensure that your mouth is numbed before beginning the procedure and of course, if you feel any discomfort, please let us know!

Will my tooth die afterwards?

This is a common myth surrounding root canals and the answer is no.

Your tooth will not die, it will not turn black and it won’t fall out. It may feel a bit tender for a few days following the procedure, however, a root canal is performed to promote the longevity of a previously damaged tooth. And so, once the initial soreness has faded, you will be able to use your tooth as you did before!

What if the infection comes back?

It is exceedingly unlikely that an oral infection will recur once you have had a root canal performed.

But, if the infection does come back, then our team may refer you to a specialist endodontist to oversee the next procedure.

How long will a root canal last?

Provided that you maintain good oral hygiene, keep up with your dental appointments with our team and refrain from things like smoking, your root canal should last the rest of your life without hassle. If you think it’s failing, contact our team promptly.

Are there any side effects I should know about?

It is common for the area underneath the tooth to feel sore or bruised after you have had a root canal fitted.

If there are few side effects and any that are uncomfortable, they should be explored by our dental team urgently.

What is the treatment for a dental abscess? Our emergency dentist at Adams Dental answers

It can happen to anyone; there you are, going about your day when you notice a bruised, burning or aching sensation under one of your teeth. As the day progresses, it worsens to a point where you can’t eat or sleep. By this time, it’s time to call our team as you probably have an abscess! Commonplace in dentistry, abscesses can cause havoc and be extremely uncomfortable, so once you suspect that you have one, you need to seek professional help.

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When you come to Adams Dental to see our emergency dentist in Southgate with an infection or abscess, they will perform a standard set of procedures to ensure that the abscess is controlled, healing and most importantly, that it never comes back. And with our compassionate and non-judgemental staff, you can rest assured that the infection will be treated quickly, allowing you to go about your day as planned. Perfect!

So, what steps does our emergency dentist in Southgate take in relation to dental abscesses? Read on to find out!

Examination

Our emergency dentist in Southgate will examine the infected tooth and swellings to assess the severity of the abscess. Once we have determined the underlying cause of the infection, we will discuss a treatment plan with you, so you know what your options are and what you can expect.

Medication

OK, with infections and abscesses, the first step that our team will usually take involves medication to control the infection. This will usually be an antibiotic, but if you have allergies to antibiotics, talk to our team.

While it is tempting to forego any further procedure once you start to feel better, you must come back to our surgery for any follow-up treatment surrounding an infected tooth, or it will recur and potentially be worse! Yikes!

Root canal

A root canal is a process whereby our team drills into the pulp of the tooth and removes the infection manually. This option is only considered if the tooth is healthy enough to be saved.

Once we have removed the infected debris, we will top the canal off with either a crown or filling to prevent an infection from recurring.

Extraction

Should the tooth be rotten beyond saving, then our team will perform an extraction.

Once the tooth has been removed, we will clean the surrounding site and will aim to remove the infected debris from the pulp.

After this stage is complete, we will usually sew the gums up to prevent secondary complications like dry socket from occurring.

Follow-ups

Once you have had a dental infection and are recovering, you may need to come back into the surgery a few times for our team to check that it is healing. You may also need to see your doctor if it was a very complex abscess.

Be sure to attend these appointments, especially if you had a root canal performed but your root was misshapen or curved, as these roots have the highest failure rates in relation to endodontics.

What matters to you about your dentist?

Do you remember the day you selected your dental surgery? Maybe you are new to the area and just picked a dentist at random, or you have gone to the same practice all your life because your family always has. If you asked yourself what was important to you about your dental experience, would you say your current surgery has it covered? Perhaps you like the idea of a family run business, a clean surgery, a dentist you can trust or even just somewhere with experience so that you feel you are in safe hands. Here at Adams Dental, we want you to make us your choice of dentist in Southgate because of what we can offer you! We want your experience with us to mould your opinions on dentistry altogether.

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Why should you choose Adams Dental?

We like to pride ourselves in our innovative technology and the latest techniques which we implement at our practice. We want to ensure that anyone looking for a dentist in Southgate will look to us with confidence as a place that offers all the latest treatments and can treat you diligently due to our 30+ years of experience. We have a reputation as a dentist in Southgate for the way in which we make our more nervous patients feel at ease which is why we know you will be comfortable with us. It does not stop there, as well as the cosmetic dental treatment we can offer you we also offer facial treatments such as dermal fillers. We want nothing more than for our patients to come to us relaxed and to leave us feeling the same way. It is time to do away with the stigma attached to going to the dentist and for it to become a positive experience where we work with you to get you the smile you’re happy with!

There’s more?

What is more is that we also offer services such as finance arrangements to lighten the financial burden of having cosmetic surgery on your teeth. We know how important your smile is to you and we want to make sure that anything we do for you is financially affordable. The loan we offer is interest free and it only takes 5 minutes to apply via our website. We are a family run business after all, so we understand that money could be an obstacle in your way, but we want to remove that for you by making the repayments manageable. Plus, there are  loans available to help with the financial burden so it would be a long while before you had to worry about how to pay for it.

See for yourself

Head on over to our smile makeover gallery and see for yourself. We have helped hundreds of patients to feel like themselves again, instil a confidence within them that they could not otherwise find, and most importantly make them smile! So, if you are looking for a dentist in Southgate, do not hesitate to get in touch and see what we can do for you today.

Understanding when to call upon your trusted emergency dentist

Protecting your smile

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At Adams Dental, our emergency dentist in Southgate has dedicated themselves to restoring the smiles of those in need as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Dental emergencies – such as lost or chipped teeth – are never easy, and can often have traumatic repercussions. However, the sooner you seek out help from our expert emergency dentist, the higher the likelihood is that they can re-insert the tooth (if lost completely) or fixed the same day.

Recognising a dental emergency

While dental trauma is certainly one of the most dramatic – and easy to spot – dental emergencies, it is not the only telltale sign that a visit to our emergency dentist in Southgate is called for. There are, in fact, several other dental indicators that something is wrong which our patients should be aware of in order to act accordingly.

One such indicator is a severe or sudden toothache. While toothache, in general, is usually something that can be treated with over-the-counter medicines, if the pain onsets suddenly and gets worse over time rather than better, you should make an appointment with your emergency dentist in Southgate as soon as possible.

Another sign that a visit to our emergency dentist is needed is facial swelling. If you notice swelling along your jawline as well as red or inflamed gums, it may indicate a dental abscess or infection. If this is not addressed as quickly as possible by an expert emergency dentist then it could continue to spread and cause further damage.

What can an emergency dentist do?

Thankfully, although any of the above situations can be incredibly stressful and testing they are all perfectly solvable by our highly trained emergency dental experts. Given the nature of what an emergency dentist does, no two treatments are ever identical.

Over their years of service to the local Southgate area and beyond however our emergency dental team have seen teeth in every state imaginable – and always done their absolute best to restore them and give the patient something to smile about.

What happens at an emergency dental appointment?

Again, given the nature of the treatments that our emergency dentist provides, treatments are rarely the same twice. That being said, there are certain processes that will be carried out depending on the severity and specifics of the emergency.

Firstly, if a tooth has been lost or chipped (which is one of the most common dental emergencies we treat) our dental practitioners will conduct a thorough examination of the damaged area – which may involve taking x-rays to establish how much treatment is called for. Then, if the patient is in severe pain, they will then administer a localised anesthetic to make the patient more comfortable. Following this, the emergency dentist will then sterilise the damaged or affected area to remove any foreign particles or dirt.

Once the area is clean the dentist will begin treatment, which may involve reinserting the lost tooth (if possible) either temporarily or permanently. In instances where the tooth is damaged beyond repair, the dentist may then carry out an extraction or discuss this further with the patient.

Worried a root canal will kill your tooth? Our dentist at Adams Dental debunks root canal myths

There are few dental patients who would be happy at the news that they need a root canal.

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Associated with treating infection deep within the tooth, root canals are often performed post-infection or injury and are, in some ways, very similar to filling an entire tooth to prevent bacteria from causing any further damage.

Nevertheless, despite its uses in dental care, it is one of the most unliked of all dental procedures and at Adam’s Dental, we think we know why!

At Adam’s Dental, our dentist in Southgate has helped hundreds of patients to restore their smile and their tooth or teeth using a root canal, and so, we know this treatment inside out. But with our expertise comes knowledge of the myths that surround this procedure and as mentioned earlier, we think these little white lies can explain why so few people are eager about this treatment.

So, in this article, our dentist in Southgate debunks the most common myths about root canals, so you can learn the truth about endodontics. Enjoy!

It kills the tooth

No, it doesn’t!

When our dentist in Southgate performs a root canal, they will need to drill into the roots of the tooth to remove the infected debris. However, this will not kill the tooth and, if anything, a root canal promotes the longevity of the affected tooth by restoring its functionality. Great stuff!

It is painful

Once again, this is false.

As the first course of action, our dental team will always ensure that your mouth is numbed before beginning a root canal. And secondly, once the treatment is done and you have gone home, you are likely to notice a decrease in any discomfort you had when you were experiencing the abscess.

It can make you ill

This is an odd myth and we can only presume that it is due to the link of how ill people feel when they are having a root canal performed.

The treatment seeks to remove the infection from the tooth and so, it certainly does not make you ill. You may still feel under the weather for a few days post-treatment as you recover from your infection but this is normal. If you have any concerns about feeling unwell following any dental treatment, talk to our team.

It can cause issues if you are pregnant

No, it can’t.

If you are at any stage of pregnancy, it is safe to have a root canal performed. If our team needs to take X-Rays to perform a root canal, don’t worry. Modern X-Rays use a very small dose of radiation and a single X-Ray will not cause any issues.

It just delays a tooth extraction

Many people worry that if they have a root canal, it is simply delaying the need for a dental extraction.

But correctly performed, a root canal will last the rest of your life, allowing the tooth to function as it did prior to the infection. Now that’s handy!

A trip to the emergency dentist with your child; what you can expect as a parent

Being a parent is tough. And it can get a whole lot tougher when your child comes back from a sports match or other event and has a chipped or cracked tooth.

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And while it can be very tempting to overlook such an occurrence, as soon as you notice the damage to your child’s tooth/teeth or they tell you about it, you need to contact an emergency dental team.

Because emergency dental cases aren’t reserved exclusively for adults. Everything from cavities, to abscesses, to the examples above warrant emergency dental trips. Also, if your child has sudden swelling to the face or jaw, you will need to contact our team for help.

At Adam’s Dental, we take great pride in our emergency dentist in Southgate and should your child need help with their cracked or sore teeth, we will be there to ensure that they feel better as soon as possible. Because that is what emergency dental care is all about!

What can you as the parent expect when you accompany your child to see our emergency dentist in Southgate? Read on to find out!

Assessment

As the first step, our emergency dentist in Southgate will assess the damage or injury to your child’s mouth.

If your child is in a great deal of discomfort or is highly anxious, we will spend some time talking to them to reassure them while administering pain relief. We may need to take X-Rays and, if your child has chipped or broken a tooth and you have retained fragments of it, we will look to assess if we can successfully reattach them.

Relief

As before, we will often administer pain relief to ensure that your child is comfortable. We will also spend some time talking to them about what we are going to do, to calm their nerves.

Treatment

The treatment received will depend on the emergency we are faced with.

In cases such as broken or chipped teeth, we will aim to restore the damaged area using composite or fillings. If your child has a toothache caused by a cavity, we will fill it.

In the most extreme cases of a dental emergency, such as abscesses, we will usually prescribe antibiotics to control the infection and suggest a follow-up appointment with their regular dentist in a few days.

Aftercare

The aftercare we recommend will vary depending on the issue.

In the case of chipped teeth, no additional care is needed. If your child had a filling, we will advise that they cut back on sugary produce in their diet. If they have an abscess, they will need to take their antibiotics and follow up with their regular dental team in a few days; when an abscess has occurred, a root canal or extraction may be needed to prevent a recurrence.

Prevention

We will also offer prevention advice.

If the emergency was caused by playing sports, we may recommend that your child has a sports guard made to prevent another injury from occurring.

Not sure of the benefits of a root canal? Our dentist at Adams Dental explains the main 5

When you are recovering from a dental infection, chances are you are willing to undertake almost anything to prevent another one from recurring.

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And while dental technologies and treatments have advanced beyond having an infected tooth extracted, we would be lying if we said that many of our patients showed enthusiasm about the alternative.

With over 100 years of use in dental clinics, endodontics or root canals have saved thousands of smiles from awkward gaps and have preserved the overall health of the mouth. Yet, media and patient perception of this simple procedure make it less popular than ever.

At Adams Dental, our dentist in Southgate can help you if you need a root canal to recover from an oral infection, or if you need one as part of another restorative procedure. We will take the time to ensure that it is fitted correctly, ensuring that your oral health is restored to its former glory. Brilliant!

So, are there any other advantages of having our dentist in Southgate perform a root canal if needed? Read on to find out!

Aesthetic

One advantage that a root canal can offer you is aesthetic.

Once it has been performed by our dentist in Southgate, the tooth it is under will not look any different. To ensure it stays in place, we will secure it with either a porcelain veneer, filling or crown, adding another layer of protection to your tooth.

Hygienic

As odd as it may sound, it can be very bad for your oral hygiene to have a missing tooth or teeth.

As an extraction leads to a gap, this would cause plaque and bacteria to build up on the surrounding teeth and may provide a hiding spot for bacteria that could lead to gingivitis. And so, rather than have a plaque-attracting gap, it is actually more hygienic long-term for your dental health to have a root canal.

Preventive

Once again, a root canal is also a preventive procedure.

How? Assuming you have had a dental infection, it will not only remove the infected debris from the tooth but will also stop the debris from spreading into surrounding soft tissues and will

stop the infection from spreading.

Not only this but as we mentioned before, it will also prevent the infection from recurring at a later date, which extraction may be unable to do; bacteria may still be lingering in the socket of an extracted tooth so the infection may return.

Restorative

Part of the root canal (the filling) is to prevent the tooth from cracking and this is the restorative aspect.

This allows us to restore your tooth to its full strength, so you can bite and chew with it as you did before the infection occurred.

Cost-effective

If you were to choose an extraction, you would then have the secondary worry related to how to conceal and restore the gap; oral implants or fitted bridges are common options.

But these are pricey, making a root canal more affordable for most people.