It is not uncommon to suffer from a sporting injury or a fall where your teeth and mouth bear the brunt of the hit. The important thing to remember in a situation that involves chipped, broken or knocked out teeth is that time is of the essence.
An emergency dentist in Southgate, given the ability to act quickly, is likely to reimplant a missing tooth provided that some other measures have been taken to ensure the tooth’s structural integrity. It is always the aim of the dentist to replace a tooth, with other measures becoming available to you should this option not be viable.
Every minute counts in an emergency, so be sure to contact an emergency dentist in Southgate as soon as possible in the aftermath of an injury. It should be said that an emergency does not have to only be through an accident either. Abscesses, pain and missing crowns are also regarded as an emergency and as such, should be dealt with as quickly as possible.
When you call us to book an appointment, one of our experienced staff members will be able to provide you with calming reassurance and information that you can use in the interim until you reach us at our practice. If you have knocked out a tooth, there are a range of things you should be aware of in order to increase the likelihood of you being able to keep your tooth.
What should I do?
If you can find your missing tooth, it is important to pick it up by the crown and not the delicate root. Should it be dirty, rather than rubbing and washing with water, you should know that milk, saliva or saline solution are the best substances to store it in, as they do not cause the cell walls to expand or rupture.
If you are able to reinsert your tooth into the location where is has been knocked from, then again, this is the best possible way to keep the tooth safe until you are able to reach one of us.
If this is possible, by storing the tooth in milk or a saline solution you will be able to protect the delicate root of your tooth from harm, increasing the chances of you being able to retain this tooth.
What happens when I arrive at the practice?
Once here at your emergency dentist in Southgate, we will give you a thorough examination which may include X-rays in order to see the extent of the damage that has been done. We will provide you with pain relief to make you comfortable should you need it.
The site of the injury will be thoroughly cleaned and sterilised in order to avoid the risk of infection. A temporary fix will be established with a treatment plan put in place to permanently repair the damage that has been done, if we are not able to do it immediately.
Rest assured we will do our best to ensure that your smile remains healthy and happy, allowing you to heal from any injury.