Dental Emergencies, Dental Trauma & Toothache

Dental Emergencies Do Happen We're here to help!

Dental emergencies always seem to happen when it’s least convenient: at night, on weekends or holidays. If you need an emergency dentist, Cherry Trees Dental, Leighton Buzzard are here for you. Call us and we’ll do our best to accommodate you during normal clinic hours. Midweek that’s 8.30 am – 5.30 pm or 1.30 Friday. In case of an emergency during practice hours, please Contact Us immediately. We will always endeavour to see a patient in pain the same day. If you require emergency treatment outside surgery hours, please telephone the clinic where you will hear a message detailing the specific arrangements for that day.

dental Trauma

Typical dental emergencies include chipped, broken or fractured tooth, abcessed / infected tooth, lost crown or filling, and toothache. But by far the most common, urgent dental emergency is the loss of a tooth, that either falls out, is knocked out or broken in half due to a sporting injury or other accident. This requires URGENT attention and dental restoration.

Never handle a knocked out tooth by the root. Never brush or scrub it. Gently rinse it in water only. Try to put the tooth back in the socket and gently bite down on a handkerchief or towel. If you are unable to re-implant it, place the tooth in cold milk, if available, or wrap it in saline-soaked gauze, or place it in a container with saliva. Be sure to bring it with you when you come in to see us.

Go straight to A&E if the area around your eye or neck is swollen, or you have swelling in the mouth or neck, making if difficult to breathe, swallow or speak.

The most Common causes of toothache

1. Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is caused by bacteria in the mouth and its actions on the sugar we eat. Extensive tooth decay can cause dental pain and lead to dental abcesses. If you suspect cavities or an abscess, see a dentist right away.

2. Dental Trauma

Fractured or broken teeth can lead to dental pain if left untreated. Teeth that have broken or fractured may need restoration by means of a filling or crown, or even extraction and replcement depending on the type of trauma. If you have pain on biting or chewing, or a fractured tooth make arrangements to see a dentist as soon as possible.

3. Gum Disease

Periodontal Disease – disease of the tooth support structure in particular the gum, can cause pain and in chronic cases tooth loss – however early and regular treatment with the dentist and hygienist can prevent these problems occuring. If you have painful, swollen, red or bleeding gums you may be suffering from gum disease and should see the dental team for treatment and regular care.

Most dental Emergencies can be Prevented

As a Cherry Trees Dental patient, you’ll be encouraged to visit our dentists twice a year for a  general dental examination and our dental hygienist for professional teeth cleaning to ensure your oral health is kept in tip top condition. Regular plaque control is part of our Preventative Dentistry service. You should also floss regularly and brush with fluoride toothpaste.

There’s nothing quite so distressing as dental pain, especially if you need a tooth extraction. While toothache can be caused by something as simple as a lost filling, it can also indicate more serious problems, such as an abcess or infection that can rapidly progress, or periodontal and gum disease, which has been linked to heart disease, strokes and diabetes amongst others.

While oral disease is the most common cause of tooth pain, they’re not the only things that can make your mouth hurt. Your teeth might be hurting from problems in other parts of your body, or from the jaw where they’re anchored, such as an impacted wisdom tooth. If you’re a Cherry Trees Dental Membership Plan patient, with a dental emergency, we’ll always try to see you quickly.

Call a dentist if you have

Tips to minimise toothache