Prevention is the best medicine
Here at Polwarth Dental Clinic, we are strong believers that preventing a trip to the dentist is the best possible dental procedure. By educating our patients on proper oral hygiene habits and techniques, it is our aim to minimise the number of return visits to our practice that they have to make. That being said, we also understand that some aspects of our care are outside the control of our patients. If you take a spill on some ice, or in the shower (or anywhere for that matter) and suffer dental trauma, then it is of the absolute utmost importance that you seek out our emergency dentist in Edinburgh, to get you fixed up as soon as possible and minimise the risk of any further damage.
What do I do if a tooth has been lost?
Your tooth structure is one of the strongest parts of your body, and in an adult’s mouth, teeth ought never to loosen or wobble. If, in the worst possible scenario, you have suffered severe dental trauma from falling over (doing one of the hundreds of activities which may result in you falling over) and your tooth has been lost, here is what to do. Firstly, we urge you to contact our emergency dentist in Edinburgh as swiftly as possible, and inform us of the situation so we can prepare for your arrival. Then, providing the tooth has remained intact after falling out, we recommend that you pick it up by the crown – not the root – before washing it gently in milk, or saline to remove any foreign objects. Then we recommend that, if it is at all possible, and however grisly it may seem, you place the tooth back into your mouth within the space from which it has been removed. The natural saliva in your mouth will help moisten the tooth and boost the chances of successful re-attachment. If this cannot happen, then place the tooth in a glass of milk. Then you must seek out our emergency dentist in Edinburgh in approximately 30 minutes to allow for our experts to successfully re-attach the tooth and provide pain relief if needed.
Recognising the signs
Here at Polwarth Dental Clinic, we feel that having a good, solid understanding of key indicators that you may need to visit an emergency dentist is one of the best tools to maintain your oral health. One of the most common indicators of gingivitis is bleeding when flossing. This is not usually a red flag, although it may mean that you ought to improve your brushing habits or change to a medicated mouthwash. However, if the bleeding from your gums is heavy, persistent and leaves your gums red and inflamed then it may be an indicator of periodontal disease (or gum disease). Unlike gingivitis, periodontal disease is a far more severe form of oral disease and the number one leading cause of adult tooth loss across the country. If you recognise the signs of periodontal disease, then a visit to an emergency dentist could help determine what stage the disease has reached, and refer you to a gum disease specialist who will do all that they can to reverse the effects and get your smile back as quickly as they can.