64 High Street, Wivenhoe, Colchester, Essex CO7 9AZ

FQAS

I have knocked out/dislodged a tooth?

The tooth will need to be re-implanted as soon as possible. Usually it is possible to re-implant the tooth, although the success rate is lowered if the tooth is out of the mouth for more than an hour. If you can, place the tooth gently back into the socket and splint it in place with silver paper. If this is not possible, place it in some cold milk and attend the practice immediately.

Care: Do not rinse or place the tooth in water.

I have a tooth-ache?

If you experience a constant pain, this indicates there is something wrong, and is unlikely to get better without treatment. Painkillers will be advisable and if you are able to take them, Ibuprofen tablets are quite effective. Paracetamol is an alternative if you are not able to take Ibuprofen but be careful not to exceed the maximum dose.

Care: Do NOT place any tablets, especially Aspirin, next to the tooth.

I have a swelling?

This is usually caused by an underlying infection; treatment and/or antibiotics may be required. It is advisable to contact the practice as soon as possible and emergency appointments are available most days.

I have broken my Denture?

Broken dentures can be effectively repaired, usually the same day. Please resist any temptation to glue them together yourself as this often makes the repair impossible. If the denture has cracked or fractured in two parts, it is not a foregone conclusion that another impression will be required. However, if you fracture a clasp or lose a tooth completely then an impression will be required. Please call the practice for an appointment as early as possible.

I have fractured a tooth?

This kind of problem is restorable in a majority of cases so there is no need to panic. If there is no immediate pain, we suggest you avoid hot and cold foods. If there is pain, try to avoid eating in or on the area and touching the area. Once again painkillers can provide temporary relief until you get to the surgery. An urgent appointment is essential to prevent any further damage to the tooth and possibly the nerve inside. The tooth can be provided with a temporary restoration to seal the cavity and ensure it is pain free.

I have lost a crown?

Please keep the crown safe as it can be re-cemented for you. In case the underlying tooth is sensitive avoid eating near it and drink tepid drinks only. If the crown has a post attached to it, please check to see if the post appears to be fractured or not and inform the receptionist when you call. In any circumstances, it is essential that the tooth be re-sealed and the crown be re-cemented. Failure to do so can lead to further damage and the necessity for root treatments to be re-done.

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