When to see the emergency dentist in north London

Why might you need to see an emergency dentist in north London? One simple test is: are you in pain? If it hurts and the pain is not going away, get yourself to the Adams Dental emergency surgery as soon as you can. Dental pain can have several causes, including:

  • Abscesses
  • Tooth decay
  • Lost or broken crown or filling
  • A chipped or cracked tooth
  • A knocked-out tooth.

Emergency Dentist in North LondonLet’s take a look at what each of these are and what you can do if it happens to you.


A dental abscess is caused by a bacterial infection. Pus forms in the mouth, affecting the teeth and gums. An untreated tooth infection or cavity can be the root cause of an abscess. You’ll feel a throbbing pain and may also experience swelling, inflamed gums and nausea.

Treat with over-the-counter painkillers and warm water rinses until you can get to the emergency dentist in north London.

Tooth decay

Caused by acids in the mouth that eat through the tooth enamel, you won’t notice it until it’s got to a more advanced stage, which is why regular check-ups are so important.

Left untreated, you’ll feel it as a painful toothache that you can treat with paracetamol until you can make an appointment with the emergency dentist in north London.

Chipped, cracked or knocked-out tooth, crown or filling

If you have experienced any kind of dental trauma, ranging from the mild chip of a filling when biting down on some crunchy food, to the pain of having a tooth knocked out in an accident, you’ll need some remedial work. In the case of a knocked-out tooth, see us within two hours and there’s a good chance we can reattach it.

Until that time, either slot it back into place or keep it in a clean container and cover it with milk. Never touch the root of a lost tooth, pick it up by the crown only. If the tooth that’s come out is a child’s milk tooth, don’t try to reinsert it, as this could damage the adult tooth coming through below it.

You can take painkillers if needed, and it’s also helpful to rinse the mouth with warm water.

Give your teeth a new lease of life

If you have cracked, chipped, stained, rotated or gapped teeth, it can be a bit dispiriting. You may hold back from smiling as often as you’d like or cover your mouth when you talk. Perhaps you feel shy about expressing yourself or even are afraid to get too close to someone because of your damaged teeth.

You may not realise this, but most of us have had or do have teeth that are damaged in some way. Not many of us go through the journey of life without taking a few hits to the body and the teeth are no exception – it’s nothing to feel embarrassed about.

Composite Bonding in LondonBut that doesn’t mean you wouldn’t like to give yourself a confidence boost by freshening up your smile. And the good news is, something can be done.

Composite bonding in London is one way that cosmetic dentists cover up those imperfections. Here at Adams Dental in Southgate, we use white filling materials that blend in seamlessly with your natural teeth. We use composite bonding in London to:

  • Close small gaps
  • Hide minor rotations
  • Cover up chips, cracks and stains
  • Change the shape of teeth
  • Contour the teeth.

One of the great advantages of composite bonding compared to say, veneers, is that there is no damage to the surface of the tooth. A veneer requires the surface tooth enamel to be removed so it has a rough surface to bond to. With composite bonding in London, resin is applied and hardened with a special light, meaning you get to keep as much natural tooth material as possible.

Composite bonding can last up to 10 years if you take good care of your teeth: this means twice daily brushing and flossing, twice yearly trips to the dentist and dental hygienist and no subjecting your teeth to risking manoeuvres, such as using them to open a bottle, or playing hockey without a mouth guard.

If the worst does happen and your composite bonding comes loose, you can have repeated treatments without it having a damaging effect on your teeth.

It takes only one appointment to carry out composite bonding in London – come in for a free consultation and find out more.

You can count on us

Why do we choose the things we do? The decision to buy a product or service is a complicated one, and the received wisdom is that we need to see marketing or advertising on a particular item up to 10 times before we make the choice to purchase.

When it comes to medical services, trust is a big factor. When we receive any kind of treatment we are at our most vulnerable, putting our health and wellbeing in someone else’s hands. So, we naturally want to make sure they are a safe pair of hands.

Dentist in SouthgateAs a dentist in Southgate, here at Adams Dental we fully understand what an act of trust it is to go to the dentist. That’s why we put our focus on customer care and treating each of our patients as the individual they are, with unique and specifics needs. Our compassionate and friendly approach means that when you come to Adams Dental, whether it’s for a simple check-up or lengthy braces treatment, we see you as part of our community, here at our family-run practice.

We don’t just see you as a broken tooth or a set of dentures – we see a person with a life, home, work and particular set of circumstances. Our dentists tend to stay with us for the long term, so you and your family can see the same clinician for many years.

If going to the dentist in Southgate makes you feel nervous or anxious, you can rest assured we understand what you are going through. All our staff – reception and clinical – are trained to help support nervous patients, so much so that other dental practices refer their anxious patients to us.

We have a range of techniques to help you feel at ease at the dentist in Southgate, including hypnosis, conscious sedation and in-chair entertainment such as listening to music or an audio book.

We’ve been around since 1981 so we have the track record to prove that we are committed to patient care. Still not sure? You are very welcome to call into our dentist in Southgate, chat to our friendly staff and take a look at our fresh and modern facilities.

Things you never want to have to do

Everyone’s got a bucket list these days. See the Taj Mahal, jump out on a plane, ride on a camel. But what about a list of things you’d rather not experience in this lifetime? At Adams Dental, we’re willing to bet that seeing the emergency dentist in Southgate because you’ve got a whacking great abscess under your teeth will be on it. And we agree. Only a very weird person indeed would have that on their bucket list.

We don’t mind. We don’t want to see you here under emergency circumstances either, especially if it’s due to an infection that could have been avoided. So, if you don’t want to see us and we don’t want to see you, what can you do to make sure that you never have to meet the emergency dentist in Southgate? Try the following:

Emergency Dentist in SouthgateHave a diligent oral health care routine

Actually, that’s it really. All you have to do is brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day using a medium to soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. We can show you how best to wield your brush so that you can remove any food remains and plaque, for these are the two things that lead to decay and infection.

Once you’ve brushed, we recommend having a really good floss at least once a day, and a poke about with interdental brushes, especially if you are getting a bit long in the tooth and gaps are starting to create food traps between your teeth.

Come for bi-annual check-ups

We want to see you, just not under emergency circumstances. If you come for a twice-yearly check-up and also get your teeth professionally cleaned by our hygienist, you can be pretty certain you will avoid nasty infections and decay.

Check-ups allow us to spot trouble before it gets serious, and before you will be able to feel it, either as pain or as something weird when you run your tongue over your teeth. By that time, the trouble is already pretty serious.

If you do all of the above you stand a very good chance of avoiding all contact with the emergency dentist in Southgate.

Who do you trust with your face?

Have you thought about using your dentist for facial aesthetics treatments? Here at Adams Dental, we have been offering Botox in North London for some time now. People already trust us with their teeth and know how much care and expertise we put into our dental treatments. Now they also trust us with their faces.

Botox in North LondonAt first it may seem a bit odd to go to a dentist for a beauty treatment, but, if you think about it, getting Botox in North London from someone who has spent at least five years doing intensive study and training to work with the teeth makes sense. That study involves garnering an in-depth and intimate understanding of the muscles, bones, nerves, tendons, skin, blood vessels and organs that make up the head and neck.

Along with this, dentists are skilled in using injections to administer local anaesthetics in sensitive areas in the mouth, so it’s a quick hop to using that skill and knowledge to administer Botox or dermal fillers to the facial area.

An extension of cosmetic dentistry

The way we see it here at Adams Dental, if you invest in treatments to make your smile look fabulous, you are going to want to make sure your smile is set off to its best advantage by the face that frames it, so facial aesthetics are a natural extension of our work with making wonderful smiles.

How does Botox work?

Botox is a purified protein from the botulinum type A toxin. It was originally developed to combat excessive sweating. It works by temporarily paralysing the muscles that contract to produce wrinkles.

The muscles tend to be in the upper facial area:

  • Crow’s feet around the eyes
  • Worry lines between the brows
  • Surprise lines across the forehead
  • Smoker’s lines around the upper lip.

We inject a small amount of Botox into the muscle and over the next week or so, it gradually relaxes. Treatments last about four months and can be topped up after about three months. Why not come in to our surgery today and find out what Botox in North London can do for you?

Don’t get taken by surprise

The thing with accidents is that you never think they are going to happen to you. Unless you work in heath and safety, you probably don’t think twice when you get on your bike to go to work, or you grab your skateboard to go and have some fun. But the more sports you play, the more likely you are to do yourself an injury. So, even though, we all hope the day will never come when you need us as your emergency dentist in North London, we suggest you prepare yourself for a face plant.

If, while you are out there zooming along on your bike and someone opens their car door on you, you might well flip over and land on your face and lose some precious teeth. While you are picking yourself out of the road, in a bit of a panic because your teeth are still lying in front of you, don’t forget to pick them up too.

Emergency Dentist in North LondonHere’s the drill for a face plant with loss of teeth:

Get up and grab your teeth

London streets are dangerous, get out of the way of traffic, but grab your teeth if you can. Pick them up by the crowns, not the roots. You are going to need those fleshy bits and handling them might damage them.

Put them back in your mouth

Yes, if you can bear to, try and fit your teeth into back into their sockets. If you can’t manage it, tuck them inside your cheek.

Ring Adams Dental

Store our number in your phone right now and then, if the worst happens, you don’t have to try and remember where we are, you can just call. Tell us you’ve had your teeth knocked out and we will do our utmost to fit you in for an appointment with the emergency dentist in North London as soon as possible. If you can get to us within two hours, there’s a good chance we can save your teeth.

Get here, carefully

You will be in a state of shock, so if someone can accompany you to the emergency dentist in North London, it will help. And don’t swallow your teeth on your way here.

Another way to reshape your teeth

If you are thinking about having cosmetic dentistry, you are not happy with the way your teeth look. If your teeth are damaged or stained, you may think that the only way they can be enhanced is to have veneers. But at Adams Dental, we have another trick up our sleeve, and that’s cosmetic bonding in London.

Cosmetic Bonding in LondonWhat is cosmetic bonding?

Cosmetic bonding is born of white fillings. This material comes as a paste and has been used for several decades now to fill cavities. We put it on in layers and then bond it seamlessly to the teeth, curing it with a UV light and then, when it’s been hardened, shaping it. White fillings can actually have the mounds and valleys of molars shaped into them, giving you back the original chewing surface of your tooth.

We use this same technique to rebuild and cover over teeth that don’t need filling but have been damaged in some other way. Maybe they have chips, cracks or worn edges. Maybe they’ve discoloured and the stains can’t be removed with whitening gel. Sometimes the teeth don’t quite line up with their neighbours but not so much that you want to invest thousands of pounds and months of time in wearing braces to realign them.

How it works

When you choose to have cosmetic bonding in London with us at Adams Dental, we start by colour matching the bonding material to your teeth. If you are planning to get your teeth whitened, we suggest you do this first as cosmetic bonding material does not respond to whitening gel.

The process of cosmetic bonding in London is very simple. We apply the bonding material to your teeth, shape it, cure it with the UV light and then shape it a bit more. We usually don’t have to remove any of your tooth enamel, as has to happen with veneers so your tooth retains its integrity under the bonding material.


You need to be sensible with your newly bonded teeth. Brush twice daily with a medium to soft brush, and fluoride toothpaste and don’t go trying any crazy bottle opening stunts, or the bonding will chip, just like your tooth enamel would.

Do you have to let it linger?

Toothache has got to be one of the worst pains there is, so it’s hard to imagine that anyone could ignore it for long without booking an appointment for help from the emergency dentist in Southgate. Yet some people linger in pain for days before they come to see us at Adams Dental.

When we ask them why they left it so long, they say they thought it might go away by itself, that they were scared what the cost of treatment might be, or that they were just plain scared.

Emergency Dentist in SouthgateThe trouble is that severe toothache is a serious symptom and should not be ignored. It’s your tooth’s way of saying ‘I need help. Get me to the emergency dentist in Southgate today!’

Please don’t ignore that cry for help from the nerve in your tooth. If it hurts a lot, it means that whatever is going on has reached the centre of your tooth, the pulp. That’s the soft part under the enamel and the dentin. It goes down into the root and from there into the jawbone and the rest of your body. That’s why toothache can end up feeling like it’s going up into your head and down into your neck, not to mention into your ear.

Booking an appointment

When you need us, we will be there for you. At Adams Dental, we will do our utmost to get you an appointment with the emergency dentist in Southgate on the day that you call. But if you wake up with awful toothache, call early. That way you have more chance of being seen sooner rather than later.

What can it be?

A really bad toothache has probably got some serious decay and infection going on. We will numb the area thoroughly before we touch it, as there’s nothing worse than decay and infection being poked at. And we will make sure you don’t leave us until we have done all we can in one appointment to relieve your pain. You may need to come back for more treatment though, especially if it looks like you may lose your tooth or need root canal treatment to save it.

We really are the Adams family

Have you noticed how more and more dentists are sounding like hairdressers these days? It used to be that dental practices were named after the dentists who ran them. Now they are all about something to do with your smile. One reason for this is because dental practices are business that get bought and sold. It’s unlikely that Fred Smith who started a practice back in the 1950s is still working, or that he passed it onto his offspring. So, the practice got sold to another dentist, and the name was changed. Not so at Adams Dental. This dentist in Southgate was started more than 30 years ago by our practice principal Dr Alexander Adams, and his wife Anne.

Dentist in SouthgateNow pretty much the whole family is involved with the dentist in Southgate in some way or other. Alexander’s son Dr Ricky Adams is a co-owner now. He brings clinical hypnotherapy and neuro-linguistic programming into the practice, both of which are very useful for calming nervous patients. On reception, we also have Christopher Adams, another clinical hypnotherapist, and Andrew Adams.

Of course, being called Adams is not a pre-requisite, we prefer skill and experience and that’s why we also have a great team of dentists, hygienists and other staff here. It’s all about making sure that you get the best experience you can from a well-loved family dentist in Southgate.

Safe in our hands

One of our main aims is to make sure you feel comfortable and relaxed whether you are popping in for a simple check-up or are having a more complex and extensive treatment such as dental implants. We want you to feel at home and we have designed the practice environment to be calming and soothing. We are all trained to take care of nervous patients, and we have a range of ways to take your mind off your treatment, from hypnotherapy to entertainment and sedation.

All your dental needs

We cover everything from general to cosmetic and advanced dentistry, including dental implants, and we also offer facial treatments. We also pride ourselves on being a great emergency dentist in Southgate. Why not come and check us out? We’d love to meet you.

What counts as a dental emergency?

Do you experience facial pain, swelling or have you lost a tooth due to an accident and aren’t sure what to do? Dental emergencies can be caused by different things, but they have one thing in common – they should be treated immediately.

At Adams Dental, we provide emergency dental care. However, it is not always easy to tell what constitutes a dental emergency. If you are uncertain about your situation, it is better to be safe than sorry. Give us a call and we will book an appointment with our emergency dentist in North London as soon as possible.

Emergency Dentist in North LondonHere are some dental emergencies that require immediate treatment and things you can do to help while waiting to see an emergency dentist in North London.

Avulsed teeth

If you had an accident that led to a healthy tooth being knocked out, then you must act quickly. Seeing an emergency dentist within an hour of the accident, will increase the likelihood that we can save your tooth. This is because as soon as a tooth is detached from your mouth, nerves, tissues and vessels are exposed and can become damaged. Ideally, you should try to reposition the tooth in its socket, but if this is impossible, simply rinse it gently and store it in a container of milk. These measures can mean the difference between saving and losing your tooth.

Loose teeth

Whether the result of trauma or gum disease, loose teeth require immediate dental help. Our emergency dentist in North London can still save your tooth because it is still attached to the jaw. To avoid pain and discomfort while waiting to be treated, take a painkiller and avoid touching your loose tooth. If swelling occurs, apply a cold compress gently outside your mouth.

Do not settle for pain

There are any number of situations that might require visiting the emergency dentist in North London. Even if you are unsure about your problem, contacting the dentist is always a good idea. An experienced dentist will be able to diagnose and identify your problem while ensuring that you stay as comfortable as possible throughout the procedure.