Dental Treatment and COVID-19

Dear Patients,

On 25th March 2020 Sara Hurley (Chief Dental Officer England) and Matt Neligan (Director of Primary Care and System transformation) released their latest statement on the rapidly developing COVID-19 pandemic.

We would like to update you on how this will affect our service provision at Dentalcare Group. The guidance is clear that all routine, non-urgent dental care, including orthodontic treatments must be deferred until advised otherwise. We are still here to support you and your dental needs through this unprecedented time.

We want to take this opportunity to reassure all our patients that we take the spread of the COVID-19 in the UK very seriously. The health and safety of our patients, staff and visitors to our dental practice is our main priority.

Here at Dentalcare Group we will be providing all our patients with a remote service during normal working hours. Our dentists will perform telephone triaging for: advice; analgesia; and antimicrobials (if appropriate) . We will not be able to see you at the practice.

If it is not possible to manage your symptoms remotely, you will have to be referred to a Local Urgent Dental Care Centre. Details of these are currently being established in our area and we will update you as soon as we have further information.

We will use our best professional judgement in the triaging process and work collaboratively with our Local Urgent Care system, possibly volunteering our expertise where necessary to help meet the demands imposed on this new emergency service.

Please click below for our regular updates:

www.facebook.com/DentalcareGroupUK

www.instagram.com/dentalcare_group

You can also check the following websites for further advice:

www.gov.uk/coronavirus

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19

We would like to thank you for your support and cooperation in the interest of our patient’s health and safety. We will closely monitor this situation and will update all patients accordingly.

Stay safe.
Kind Regards,
Dentalcare Group Team

Emergency Dentist

at Langley Dental

What is a dental emergency in Langley?

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. 

Book your appointment for Emergency Dentist

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 dosagecold 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.