Emergency Dentistat Langley Dental
What is a dental emergency in Langley?
A dental emergency is more common than you might think. 1 in 4 people will experience some form of dental trauma during their lifetime and this can include anything from a chipped tooth to a split lip to root fractures and a loss of a tooth.
We classify a dental emergency as anything that gives you pain or trauma to your mouth, teeth or gums. This may include:
- A knocked-out tooth
- A chipped or fractured tooth
- Loose teeth or a loose tooth
- Toothache or dental pain
- Loose or damaged crowns and fillings
If you’re not sure if you have a dental emergency, then contact our receptionist for advice.
Getting an emergency dental appointment in Langley
Dental emergencies are frightening and that’s why we aim to see patients within 24 hours of calling. Please contact us as early as you can so that we can get someone to see you quickly.
If you have a dental emergency outside of our usual opening hours, please phone 111 who are available until 9.30pm every day, and from 8am until 9.30pm on weekends and bank holidays.
Advice for some common dental emergencies in Langley
Here is some advice for some of the more common dental emergencies.
If you’re experiencing any pain, take paracetamol or painkillers but do not exceed the dosage. A cold compress can help to ease the pain and any swelling. Avoid hot or cold drinks and any sweet or spicy food. Rinsing your mouth with salty water can also help alleviate the pain too.
Save any pieces of a knocked-out or chipped tooth and keep them in milk until you get to the emergency dentist.
Where possible, save any lost fillings or crowns and take them with you to the dentist.
Frequently asked questions about dental emergencies
How can I prevent accidents and injuries to my teeth?
Accidents are not completely preventable, but there are some simple precautions that you can take to avoid injuries. These include wearing a mouthguard when playing sports or recreational activities, avoid chewing on hard sweets, ice and popcorn kernels all of which can crack your teeth. Finally, never use your teeth to cut things only ever use scissors!
Why does my toothache seem worse at nighttime?
Toothache can be painful at all times of the day but may appear worse at night. This is because when you lie down, the blood rushes to your head causing more pressure and sensitivity in this area. You can help to deal with the pain at night by taking paracetamol, keep your head elevated, using an ice pack before bed, avoid eating any acidic or extremely hot or cold foods before bed and rinsing your mouth with mouthwash.
What should I do if my adult tooth has been knocked-out?
Always handle the knocked-out tooth by the crown and not by the root. Do not attempt to wash off any tissue from the tooth. If you can, place the tooth back into your mouth where it will have more chance of survival. If this is not possible, then put your tooth into a cup of milk and take it with you to see your emergency dentist.