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Emergency Dentistry

Portway

Emergency Dentistry

If you need an emergency dentist, please call us in the first instance on 0161 437 2382. Or during out of hours, dial 111 to find your nearest emergency dentist.

For severe facial injuries to the face, mouth or teeth or if you are experiencing heavy bleeding, dial 999.

In addition to regular dental checkups, there may be instances where you require an emergency dentist. While it can be a stressful or worrying time, please rest assured we will do everything we can to help you.

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What Is Considered A Dental Emergency?

  • A broken or knocked out tooth
  • Bleeding due to a facial trauma
  • Swelling of the mouth which is getting worse. If the swelling is spreading to other areas of your face including the eye or neck, this must be mentioned when you call the practice
  • Severe dental pain which is disrupting your sleep
  • Mouth ulcers that have been present for longer than 14 days
  • Bleeding following a tooth extraction which cannot be controlled by biting into a gauze
    An existing dental problem is continuing to get worse despite following our advice.

When To Go To Hospital

  • If you are experiencing a facial swelling that is affecting your breathing, vision, or your ability to swallow. Or, if the swelling means you cannot open your mouth wider than two fingers apart
  • A loss of consciousness following a trauma
  • Uncontrollable or rapid bleeding from the mouth

What To Do If A Tooth Has Been Knocked Out

As a knocked out tooth is considered a dental emergency, please call us in the first instance on 0161 437 2382. Or during out of hours, dial 111 to find your nearest emergency dentist.

To have the best chance of saving the tooth we advise the following:

  1. Pick the tooth up by the crown and avoid touching the roots.
  2. Quickly rinse the tooth under cold water for 10 seconds if it is dirty.
  3. Try to put the tooth back into place. Hold your cheek until you can see your dentist. Do not do this with children in case they swallow the tooth. If it is not possible to put the tooth back into your mouth, place the tooth into a cup of saliva or milk.
  4. If the tooth can go back in, gently bite down on it to hold the tooth in place.

Non Dental Emergencies

  • Chipped tooth
  • Denture discomfort
  • Minor toothache which comes and goes
  • Mouth ulcers that have been present for less than 10 days
  • Missing or loose crowns or veneers
  • Orthodontic pain
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Sharp (but not unbearable) pain when biting down
  • Wisdom tooth pain that’s not accompanied by swelling or restriction of the mouth opening

If you are experiencing any of the above, please call us on 0161 437 2382 for further advice. We may suggest coming in to see us for a dental checkup.

In addition, if you are experiencing any minor dental complaints and it’s been longer than 12 months since your last dental checkup, booking in for a checkup will allow us to examine the issue in further detail.

How To Avoid Dental Emergencies

We fully understand that sometimes dental emergencies are unavoidable, especially if they are related to trauma or other health conditions. However, there are some top tips we’d like to share to help prevent you from needing to seek emergency dental care. If you have any concerns about your teeth or gums please call us to arrange a dental checkup.

Keep An Eye On Persistent Dental Pain

Tooth pain isn’t always a cause for concern but it is something you’ll need to monitor closely. Persistent tooth pain could be a sign you have a cavity, or that the tooth is crumbling. Likewise, pain caused by ulcers that fail to go away after 14 days, or continuing pain on your lips, tongue or gums may need further investigation.

Maintain Excellent Oral Hygiene

It can sometimes feel like a chore to brush twice a day for two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste, floss every day, use interdental brushes and mouthwash. However, it’s the best form of defence, especially where cavities or plaque are concerned. The more difficult you make it for bacteria to infect your teeth and gums, the less likely you are to need fillings or extractions.

Reduce Your Sugar Intake

Who doesn’t love a sugary treat? Spoiler: your enamel! Sugar is not only highly addictive but is in most foods, especially if they are processed. Sugar attacks your teeth leaving them prone to cavities. Try to reduce eating cakes, sweets, biscuits, ice cream, fizzy drinks etc as much as possible.

Wear A Mouthguard During Sports

If there is a risk of a blow to the mouth during the sport you are taking part in, then a mouthguard should be worn. This can help reduce the likelihood of suffering a chipped, broken or knocked out tooth. It is possible to get custom made mouthguards that will fit your teeth perfectly and reduce any discomfort associated with wearing one.

Attend Regular Dental Checkups

It is important to maintain regular visits to your dentist so that we can nip any potential issues in the bud before they have a chance to develop into a dental emergency. This includes bringing children along so that they too get used to seeing a dentist from an early age.

We know that many people feel anxious about visiting a dentist. However, the sooner we can examine your teeth, the sooner we can help you find a solution. We will always do our best to reassure anxious patients, so please let us know if you are feeling worried.