Our team at The Edge Dental in Alderley Edge does not want you to suffer in silence. If you are experiencing any dental pain, please get in touch straight away, as we don’t want you to be in pain for any longer than you have to. If you call the practice during working hours, we will try to see you the same day. In fact, 95% of our patients get an appointment for a dental emergency within two hours of making the initial phone call.
Emergency Dental Appointment
We understand that people are often in pain and feeling very sensitive and anxious when they are coming in for a dental emergency. We aim to put you at ease in our relaxed and friendly environment and to help you with the pain and the problem straight away. Your dentist will assess the dental emergency, then provide you with all the treatment options available to you and offer their expert advice. Initial treatment will then be administered, and pain relief provided if necessary.
Out of Hours Emergencies
If a dental emergency occurs outside of normal working hours, we will still aim to help. You can reach the emergency dentist on 01625 599 001. The out of hours service is for those accidents or emergencies that occur at unsociable times and days, such as bank holidays (subject to availability). The types of dental emergencies we see include chipped teeth or lost teeth, loose fillings, tooth abscesses, and severe toothache that does not pass with the usual pain relief.
Home Emergencies and Tips for Care at Home
There are times when you may want to try and manage your dental emergency at home until you can see the dentist. These tips are written to ensure there’s as little impact as possible on the rest of your oral health when you have a dental emergency at home.
Toothache – please take painkillers at regular intervals. You can use paracetamol or ibuprofen, but please follow the instructions on the packet and consult your GP if you are unsure whether you can take them.
Lost filling or crown – if you have managed to keep the restoration and it is intact, you can purchase dental cement over the counter at some pharmacies and try to recement it at home. You will need to make sure the crown is clean and that it sits properly. You should never force a crown into place as it can damage your root. If you can visit the dentist, we recommend coming to see us.
Chipped tooth – initially rinse out your mouth with warm water. If you have any pieces of the tooth, keep them, as we may be able to use them. Use a cold compress to help reduce any swelling that may occur. You can stop any bleeding by using a piece of gauze and pressing it on the wound.
Knocked out tooth – if you come and see us quickly, we are much more likely to be able to save the tooth. You should hold the tooth carefully and avoid touching the roots as these are very delicate. It’s a good idea to rinse your mouth with warm water to remove any excess skin.
Abscess – You should rinse your mouth with warm, salty water and then apply a cold compress, which should help alleviate any swelling. If you are suffering intense pain and swelling and this is accompanied by flu-like symptoms, then you should give us a call and we will arrange for immediate assistance.
Ulcers – these are not usually an emergency; however, they can be very painful. Your ulcer should heal within a week to 10 days. If it doesn’t heal within three weeks, it is best to come and see us so we can assess it. Rinse your mouth with warm, salty water and you can use painkillers to alleviate discomfort.
Our dentist in Alderley Edge was born from an idea by two dentists who wanted to change the common misconception around fear of dentists. They understood that people were daunted by seeing the dentist and they wanted to change this. The practice that you see today offers a friendly, welcoming, and relaxed environment. It is small and inviting, and you will not be waiting in a crowded reception area for appointments. You will have our undivided attention and we will listen to you, considering any concerns you may have.
Our ethos is to promote honest dialogue between patients and dentists and to promote great oral health for our patients, as well as in the wider community. We know dental emergencies do occur, and we are here to help you. However, prevention is better than cure and we love to help our patients to achieve healthy, beautiful smiles continually throughout their lifetimes. The NHS has some further healthy teeth tips, which can be viewed here.
If you have a dental emergency or would just like to start your journey in ensuring you have a healthy and beautiful smile for life, please do get in touch on 01625 599 001… we would love to hear from you.