Lake Road (Covid 19 Update)
*** Covid 19 Update 27/03/20 ***
Unfortunately due to COVID 19 pandemic, the practice is partially closed to prevent spreading of the virus to protect staff and patients. If you have a true severe dental emergency such as;
a large infection causing swelling, difficulty breathing, or swallowing
or severe dental pain which is keeping you awake at night time and constant,
or a sharp tooth which has caused severe laceration to the tongue or cheek,
or trauma which has resulted in lose or lost adult teeth please call the practice on 02380179925 or 02392826117 or email to [email protected] and leave your name contact number and we will get back to you as soon as possible to be Triaged by one of our team.
Thank you for your understanding and we hope to return to our normal service as soon as we are allowed to.
Managing Toothache during self isolation
If you are self isolating and unable to leave the house then the last thing you want is to develop toothache. The practice is open for emergencies but we recommend everyone, especially those over 70 or at increased risk of severe illness due to COVID-19 follow stringent social distancing measures. If you have symptoms of Coronavirus (new persistent cough and/or fever you should not attend the practice).
If you are not able to see us, there are a few things you can try to manage the pain until you can. It is unclear at this point when normal service will resume. If you have a swelling on your face or difficulty swallowing, this requires urgent professional attention so don’t be afraid to contact us for advice.
Pain from teeth;
Decay is a bacterial infection of a tooth. If the bacteria gets close to the nerve in a tooth, it can cause the tooth to be acutely sensitive. As the infection causing inflammation of the nerve gets worse, the ligaments holding the tooth in position can also get inflamed which causes pain on biting.
If the tooth is acutely sensitive to temperature, antibiotics will not fix this. The decay needs to be removed to allow the tooth to heal. If the bacteria has caused irreversible damage to the nerve in the tooth then a root filling is required or the tooth needs to be extracted.
To help manage toothache until you can visit us, there are a few things that may help reduce the pain
- If there is a cavity in the tooth, a temporary filling material can be packed in to this space. These temporary filling kits are widely available from supermarkets or pharmacies.
- Anti-inflammatory tablets(NSAIDs) can reduce the sensitivity. A combination of ibuprofen and paracetamol has been found to be beneficial if you can take them both – however, there are some reports that Ibuprofen may increase the symptoms of COVID-19 so Paracetamol alone is probably best if you have symptoms.Make sure you don’t exceed the recommended dosage!
- Don’t stop taking the anti-inflammatory when the pain stops (or it will come back again!) You are wanting to reduce the inflammation of the nerve in the tooth which is causing the pain.
- Desensitising toothpastesuch as Sensodyne repair and protect or Colgate sensitive pro relief can help.
- Anaesthetic gelsuch as Orajel applied to the area can help to numb the pain.
- Clove Oil– This essential oil can be found in health food stores and you can apply it onto the painful tooth with a cotton bud. This works well if there is an exposed nerve due to deep decay but for it to work, you need to place it onto the exposed nerve
- Keep your head elevatedat night time- When you lie down to go to sleep, the blood pressure in the tooth can increase which increases pain. An extra pillow at night time can help
- Keep the area cold– reducing blood flow to an area will reduce the inflammation and pain. Do not apply ice directly to a tooth as this can increase the pain as toothaches are quite sensitive to hot and cold temperatures.
If there is an infection – a swelling next to the tooth or pus discharging;
- Rinse your mouth with warm salty mouthwashto try and draw out the infection into your mouth. Dissolve a spoonful of sea salt in warm water and rinse around your mouth/ hold it in your mouth next to the infected area. Repeat several times until the pain subsides.
- Never put heat externally on your faceas this can draw the infection into the tissues in your face causing external swellings.
Pain from gums
- If there is bacteria or food debris trapped between the gum and the tooth, this can cause pain.
- Thoroughly clean the area with floss or a te-pe interdental brush. You could put corsodyl gel onto the brush to help clean the area
- Rinse thoroughly with Corsodyl mouthwash can help (but Corsodyl will stain your teeth so we dont recommend this for long term use)
Pain from ulcers
Mouth ulcers can be a sign of underlying medical conditions such as iron deficiency so shouldn’t be ignored. Any mouth ulcer which doesn’t heal in two weeks should be checked by a dentist.
- To reduce the discomfort, you can try a topical ansesthetic gel such as Orajel
- To help with healing of ulcers, Gengigel can be effective as well as soothing the pain.
If a tooth or filling has chipped or cracked, this can cause sensitivity from the tooth being exposed or pain to your tongue from sharp edges.
The sensitivity can be reduced by rubbing a de-sensitising toothpaste onto the tooth or placing a temporary filling material
******Covid 19 update 16/03/20 ******
We would like to thank you for choosing Lake Road Dental Practice as your dental care provider.
Given the unprecedented nature of the situation in the UK we want to make sure that you feel safe when you visit the dental surgery and understand that your health and wellbeing is at the forefront of your mind right now.
We are continuing to closely monitor the advice provided by both the government and Public Health England, regarding the outbreak of COVID-19.
As a result of the outbreak of COVID-19 we are implementing the following additional steps to ensure greater safety for patients and staff-
• Patients that have flu like symptoms or persistence cough should avoid coming to the dentist.
• Patients who are considered to be of high risk should avoid coming to the dentist for non-urgent dental treatment until further notice.
• Patients who have toothache or emergencies should contact the practice for information relating to emergency appointments.
• Patients who do attend the practice should attend on their own wherever possible. Please do not be offended if we ask that additional people are asked to wait outside.
• Please avoid touching any surfaces, where possible, we have placed additional hand sanitisers in the reception area and within each dental surgery for hand disinfection.
• During the outbreak please consider making card payments only, where possible
• Please avoid putting your hands in your mouth when explaining things to the dentist or receptionist.
We will continue to monitor the situation and will update all patients accordingly once our services resume back to normal.
Many thanks for your understanding and cooperation at this time.
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