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.

Who is your emergency dentist in Southgate?

If you are a bit of an adventurer, or are seriously into your sports, chances are you are going to be putting yourself into the risk category for getting your teeth knocked out. And if you cycle around London, you increase your chances of coming a cropper and losing a tooth, and you can bet your boots it’s going to be a front tooth too.

Emergency Dentist in SouthgateThe knocked-out tooth kit

If you think the way you live your life increases your risk for getting a tooth knocked out, then it pays to understand what this means and how you can increase your chances of hanging onto that tooth, with the help of Adams Dental, your emergency dentist in Southgate.

Don’t panic

You may be in shock and start to panic but breathe deeply, keep calm and look around on the ground for your tooth. If it’s in one piece, it can go back in.

Yes, if you act quickly, you can save that tooth, and if you can, it’s going to also save you a whole lot of money and time in replacing it.

Pick it up

The first thing to do is to pick the tooth up. Pick it up by the crown and avoid touching the root. The tooth is a living part of your body, and the root is not used to being touched by fingers; you want to keep it clean.

Put it back

If you can, try and put it back into the now-empty socket (don’t do this with children). If it won’t go, you can either keep it in inside your cheek, or store it in milk. Make a jar of milk part of your knocked-out tooth kit when you go to do sports.

Ring the emergency dentist in Southgate

Call us as soon as you have dealt with your tooth, explain the situation and we will try to fit you in as soon as we can so that we can put your tooth back. If you can get to us within an hour of the tooth coming out, there is a good chance it will go back in and reattach itself to your jawbone tissue.

So, store our number in your phone right now.

Don’t wait if you have toothache

Toothache has got to be one of the most painful things that can happen to a body. Maybe it’s because it’s in your head, but this is a pain that can make it almost impossible to soldier on. It gets into your ears and down your neck and nowhere is comfortable. If you have toothache, don’t wait, book an appointment to see your emergency dentist in Southgate.

Emergency Dentist in SouthgateThe reasons why we urge you to call as soon as you can after waking up with a toothache is that, at Adams Dental, we want to be able to make sure you see the emergency dentist in Southgate on the same day as you call for an appointment. And obviously, the earlier in the day you call, the more likely that is to happen.

What is causing your toothache?

Very often, toothache is the symptom of a severe infection. This is when bacterial plaque, that sticky film that builds up on the teeth and gives off acids, has eaten its way through the enamel of your teeth. Once there’s a hole in the enamel, it opens the way for more bacteria to get into the pulp of your teeth and cause an infection. You have got nerves in the roots of your teeth so they transmit incredible amounts of pain to signal to your that there’s a desperate battle going on between your body and those invading bacteria.

Don’t ignore this pain and hope it will go away. Infections can lead to abscesses, which are swellings caused by a build-up of pus. They need to be drained. If you leave an abscess, which often build up at the base of the infected tooth, under the gum, then there is a good chance you may lose the tooth.

Hang on to your teeth

The emergency dentist in Southgate will do their very best to make sure that you hang on to that infected tooth. After draining the abscess, they may need to cleaning out infected material in the tooth root and then fill it with something else. This is what we mean by root canal therapy. We then seal in the root and you get to keep your tooth.

See an emergency dentist in Southgate when you have a facial swelling

At Adams Dental in Southgate, our emergency dentist will do their very best to see you on the same day as you call if you have facial swelling.

What is facial swelling?

Emergency Dentist in SouthgateFacial swelling usually develops after an injury, cut, bite, sting, or a dental abscess. However, they can sometimes just seem to happen, without any apparent cause. There is usually a localised area of redness, swelling, sometimes heat, and pain. There can sometimes be throbbing pain and a fever. Facial swelling or cellulitis is a very serious situation, and it is important to visit an emergency dentist as soon as you can after the swelling comes up.

Can an emergency dentist in Southgate tell me why I have facial swelling?

Usually our emergency dentist at Adams Dental will be able to find the cause of the swelling. An infected tooth with an abscess (collection of pus) is the most common reason for facial swelling (cellulitis) seen by our emergency dentist. This happens when a bacterial infection causing deep cavities penetrates through the tooth, out through the root, into the bone, and then into the surrounding facial tissues. It usually hurts a lot.

Often our emergency dentist will find that the facial swelling and abscessed tooth are caused by severe tooth decay, but they may also be caused by a broken or chipped tooth, or gum disease.

These problems can cause openings in the tooth enamel, which can allow bacteria to infect the centre of the tooth (called the pulp). The infection may also spread from the root to the bones supporting the tooth.

My face is no longer swollen, should I still visit the emergency dentist?

It is important to see the emergency dentist in Southgate even if the swelling subsides. This is because if you have an abscessed tooth, the pulp in the root of the tooth may have died as a result of infection. However, this doesn’t mean the infection has healed; the infection remains active and continues to spread and destroy tissue. Therefore, if you experience facial swelling, it is important to see an emergency dentist in Southgate.