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Emergency Dentist Leicester

Emergency Dentist Leicester

When it comes to dental emergencies, the more you know, the faster you’ll be able to react and make decisions that will help preserve your teeth in the long term. Follow 33 Dental Practice’s simple guidance so you know what to do in a dental emergency.

If you have any kind of problems with your teeth or mouth, and no other medical issues, then you should nearly always go to a dental practice with a dental emergency.

Can A Regular Doctor Help With A Dental Emergency?

Doctors aren’t always equipped to treat dental emergencies. The exception to this rule is if you have increasing swelling or uncontrolled bleeding in your mouth, as these can be life endangering. If you have one of these symptoms, go to A&E urgently.

How Quickly Can You See Dentist?

We offer same-day and next-day emergency dental appointments, so you will be able to see someone relatively quickly.

Sometimes a dentist can see you if you walk into practice, but you’re more likely to get an emergency appointment if you call ahead of time. We retain emergency slots just in case a patient comes in with an emergency. By calling ahead, you can get a slot allocated to you.

By calling ahead we can offer immediate advice. For example, if you have knocked out a tooth, you might need to act quickly beforehand to help save the tooth.

Contact us as soon as possible if you have:

  • Swelling of your gum, cheek or face which is spreading. If the swelling is spreading down your neck, up to your eye or along the floor of your mouth you must ensure you mention this when you contact the practice.
  • Excruciating pain which is causing a lack of sleep or concentration.
  • Mouth ulcers which haven’t healed after two weeks.
  • Recently had a tooth extraction and are experiencing bleeding which lasts more than 20 minutes, and can’t be stopped by biting down hard into a hankie/gauze.
  • Been following self-help advice for your problem but the pain is getting worse.
  • A broken tooth, which is causing pain and damage to your cheek or tongue, that you haven’t been able to manage with self-help advice.
  • Knocked-out a tooth.
  • Controlled bleeding due to facial trauma.

If you are in pain whilst waiting to see a dentist, we recommend you take painkillers. Paracetamol and Ibuprofen are both effective dental pain relief.

Go straight to A&E if you have:

  • Facial swelling affecting your vision, breathing, affecting your ability to swallow or preventing you from opening your mouth more than two fingers wide.
  • Trauma causing loss of consciousness, double vision or vomiting.
  • Rapid and uncontrollable bleeding from your mouth.

If you aren’t sure whether your dental problem is an emergency or not, get in touch with our team so we can advise you further.

Once you’ve had your emergency appointment at the practice, your dentist will advise you of next steps.

You may be prescribed antibiotics if you have an infection like a dental abscess, or if you have had damage to your teeth, you might need to book in further follow-up appointments to make sure the problem is completely cleared up. Either way, make sure you follow up on the advice they’ve given you to prevent further dental emergencies in the future.

Tips For Preventing A Dental Emergency

Accidents happen, but when it comes to dental emergencies- there’s a few things you can do to prevent them.

  • Keep brushing: Brushing your teeth for two minutes twice a day, with a fluoride toothpaste, helps prevent problems like tooth decay. Severe decay can lead to emergencies such as dental abscesses. You should also see the hygienist twice a year to get a deep clean of your mouth.
  • Protect your mouth: Make sure you take proper precautions when it comes to contact sports or activities which could put your teeth at risk. For example, playing rugby or extreme sports such as quad biking. Wear a mouth guard where possible just in case of any accidents.
  • Get regular check-ups: Make sure to see your dentist regularly for check-ups, so they can identify whether there are any problems with your oral health. This can help prevent any potential emergencies early on.

If you need to see a dentist outside of our practice’s normal hours, please call our number. Our voicemail will advise where you can access out-of-hours treatment.

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COVID-19 update

Many of you will be aware that during the latest Covid 19 update dental practices have been given the green light to re-open the surgery from 8th June. Whilst this is good news, there are a number of procedures that we have being putting in place to make treatment safe for our patients and staff, as we are sure you will appreciate, this is taking some time to set up.

Our intention is, if at all possible to commence opening on the 8th June but this is entirely dependent on our ability to obtain training and appropriate PPE which as you know there is a great shortage of. This equipment will be essential for us to be able to operate.

From 8th- 29th of June we will be prioritising the most urgent of cases including those who have been experiencing problems during this lockdown period. We will contact you directly to arrange an appointment. This period may be extended if required.

Rest assured we are trying our utmost to source this PPE as soon as possible to enable us to extend our treatment further to include fillings, crown/bridge work, root treatments and surgical extractions, scale & polish ect.

We anticipate that it will be several weeks before we will be able to commence these more advanced procedures.

This is a rapidly changing environment which we are adapting to as quickly as we possibly can. We really appreciate your patience and understanding throughout this difficult period and look forward to welcoming you back to the practice soon.

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