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Dental Emergency

It seems that dental dramas nearly always strike at the most inopportune of times. It’s not just the inconvenience of finding an emergency dental clinic in Manchester at the spur of the moment but also – depending on the severity of tooth damage – it can also leave some patients in a great deal of pain and discomfort.

If you do ever suddenly find yourself facing a Manchester Dental emergency, remember that our team here at Church Road Dental and Cosmetics are highly experienced in providing the treatment that you need, as soon as you need it. But we’d rather that you never have to suffer a dental drama at all, so that’s why we’ve put together a list of our top 5 tips on how you can play your part and avoid some of the most common dental emergencies!

Tip # 1 – Always visit your dentist regularly…

Unfortunately, we see this time and time again – the patient who only visits once they’re already in pain. We try and drill this (excuse the pun) into our patients over and over because advising you to visit us every 6-12 months is for a very good reason. Regular check-ups give us the perfect chance to have a good look around your mouth and spot any potential disaster zones before they erupt.

A couple of x-rays allows us detect any possible tooth decay, which if left untreated could spread and cause all kinds of unwanted trouble. It could lead to cracked tooth treatment, a dental infection or worse still, tooth removal. There’s no need to ever wake up with severe toothache, when Manchester, dental emergency treatment can usually be prevented by regular checks, so please stop avoiding us!

Tip # 2 – Brush, brush, brush

Stop us if we’ve mentioned this before…but would you believe that one of the simplest ways to avoid an emergency is by following a great oral hygiene routine at home? This includes both brushing AND flossing. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day (although after every meal is even better) is necessary to remove plaque and food particles. In addition, flossing regularly ensures that you reach all those tricky areas that your toothbrush can’t. A great dental routine keeps the nasty bacteria away that could weaken your teeth and is super important in order to prevent tooth decay. So need we say it – the cleaner and healthier your teeth are – the less likely you’ll be to suffer a dental emergency.

Tip # 3 – Eat a tooth-friendly diet

No doubt you’ve heard the phrase ‘you are what you eat’? It’s true. What you put into your mouth also plays an important part in your oral health too. So choose those green, healthy foods, you know the ones that contain plenty of minerals and vitamins, like calcium, to help keep your smile strong and healthy. On the other hand, try and limit sugary snacks and particularly hard sweets which could easily crack a tooth. A cracked or broken tooth make it super easy for bacteria to enter and cause deep trouble, resulting in a toothache and in some cases an abscess. So needless to say, eating a tooth-friendly diet might mean you can easily avoid a visit to an emergency dental clinic in Manchester for cracked tooth treatment.

Tip # 4 – Please, wear your mouth guard

Adults or children who love to play sports are unfortunately at greater risk of suffering a dental accident such as cracking or knocking out a tooth. If you’re regularly involved in a sport that involves body contact, falls or flying equipment then you should seriously consider using a mouth guard. In fact, even activities that are generally considered to have a lower risk – like football, gymnastics or cycling – can still possibly result in some kind of injury to the mouth.

Mouth guards are a really simple way to reduce or even prevent serious trauma to the mouth. They cover your upper teeth and help protect you against cut lips, broken teeth or any other type of damage. Besides they come in some pretty funky designs, so make your mouth guard a vital piece of your sports equipment too.

Tip # 5 – Use your teeth for eating only!

Repeat after us: “my teeth are not scissors”. It’s all too common for people to use their pearly whites as package or bottle opening tools. Stop it! That’s not what they’re for. Our teeth are meant for one thing only – chewing. Using our teeth for any other purpose can cause them to crack, chip or break. So next time you dive in to use your teeth to pry open a bottle or rip that piece of tape, think about the possible consequences. Our best advice would be to invest in a good pair of scissors and keep a bottle opener to hand…

So there you have it, 5 top tips to avoid dental dramas for our patients in Manchester. Dental emergency treatment can most often be avoided by following the above advice, but as with any accidents, there is only so much we can do to prevent them. So if you are currently suffering with any dental pain or problems, contact our team at Church Road Dental quickly on 0161 485 7376 for an appointment at our emergency dental clinic in Manchester.





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Are Cracked Teeth Really A Dental Emergency?

by on August 14, 2017 | Posted in blogs

Dental mishaps do occur from time to time and biting into hard foods or crunching down on something accidentally can leave you suffering with chipped, broken or cracked teeth.

You may be able to visibly see that a piece of your tooth has broken away, while other times it’s not so obvious. When this happens, it’s important to visit us straight away for necessary cracked teeth treatment to restore the health of your smile.

If you’ve only slightly chipped a tooth and it doesn’t hurt, is this cause for a dental emergency?

In a word no!

If you’re not in pain, while it does need to be dealt with sooner rather than later, it can and should wait until the next available appointment with the dentist.

In the meantime however, do ensure that extra care is taken when chewing so you don’t chip the tooth any further. Then at your appointment, we’ll usually be able to smooth the chip over or add some filling material in order to repair the tooth.

While that’s pretty straight forward, what if you’ve badly cracked or fractured a tooth?

This is more serious, especially if you have pain and would normally be classed as a dental emergency. Call us right away so we can help prevent the tooth getting any worse or infected.

 

Cracked Teeth Treatment

What causes cracked teeth?

Although enamel (which covers the surface of our teeth) is the strongest tissue in our body, it has its limits and can still be broken or cracked. Cracked teeth can happen for a number of reasons including playing contact sports and not wearing a mouth guard, or being involved in an accident that caused an unexpected hit to your mouth.

It can also be caused by habits such as clenching and grinding your teeth or chewing and biting down on hard objects. Lastly, if decay is left untreated, this can weaken the teeth, leaving them more prone to breaking.

Did you know that our back teeth (called molars) are more vulnerable to cracks because they tend to absorb most of the force while we chew?

 

How do I know if I’ve cracked a tooth?

Dealing with cracked teeth can be difficult, due to a variety of symptoms. Typically, a cracked tooth will cause erratic pain upon chewing, with biting pressure or when exposed to extreme temperatures such as a hot drink or an ice cream. A lot of the time, patients find that the pain comes and go’s and this can make it a little more difficult to pinpoint the exact tooth causing the discomfort. A cracked tooth is often unnoticeable to the human eye and can at times not even appear visible on dental x-rays.

A cracked tooth can be painful because every time you bite, the pressure causes the crack to open a little and this irritates the pulp of the tooth. This is where the nerves and blood vessels are contained. When this happens, the tooth may then become sensitive to extreme temperatures, cause a sharp pain when biting and if left, possibly even become infected.

So what exactly does cracked teeth treatment involve?

 

Cracked teeth treatment

Because there’s many different types of cracked teeth, the treatment and success for your tooth all really depend of the location, type and extent of the crack. Here’s a few common examples of cracked teeth problems and how we treat them:

  • – A fractured cusp – when a piece of your tooth’s biting surface breaks off (which often happens around a filling) it’s known as a fractured cusp. This rarely damages the nerves inside the tooth, so generally doesn’t cause much pain. In this case, we’ll place a filling and/or possibly place a crown over the tooth in order to protect it from future fractures.

 

  • – A cracked tooth – this means that the crack extends vertically down toward the root of your tooth. If left untreated, the crack may gradually spread further. This is why early diagnosis is really important for the best chance at saving your tooth. If the crack extends down into the tooth’s nerve then we’ll perform root canal treatment and cap the tooth with a crown to help protect the crack spreading any deeper. Worst case scenario is that the crack extends down below the gum line. When this happens, the tooth is not treatable and would need to be extracted. This again emphasises the need for early treatment.

 

  • – A split tooth – is quite often caused due to the progression of a cracked tooth that’s been left untreated. This means the tooth has a crack with segments that can be separated. At this point, the whole tooth can’t be saved intact but depending on the extent and position of the crack, it may be possible to save a portion of the tooth. In most cases root canal treatment will need to be carried out too.

 

  • – A vertical root fracture – is a crack that starts at the root of your tooth and extends towards the biting surface. These don’t present many obvious warning signs or symptoms so may go unnoticed for a long time but are often discovered when the bone or gum surrounding the tooth becomes infected. At this stage, treatment is generally a tooth extraction, although in some cases it’s possible to save a portion of the tooth with root canal, removing the fractured part.

 

Top tips to avoid cracking a tooth

Although it’s impossible to completely prevent a chipped, broken or cracked tooth, there are some steps you can take in order to protect your teeth from damage, such as:

Often dental emergencies can be easily avoided by having regular check-ups to help keep your mouth healthy and avoid problems such as cracked teeth. Treatment can range from just a simple filling to a tooth extraction, but whatever the case it’s important we see you straight away in order to have the best chance at saving your tooth.

So if you’re experiencing any pain or symptoms associated with cracked teeth call us straight away on 0161 485 7376 and we’d be happy to see you for an emergency appointment.

 

 

 

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Emergency Dentist in Manchester

When it comes to problems with our oral health, often there are warning signs that you need to visit your emergency dentist in Manchester that shouldn’t be ignored. We only get one set of teeth and it’s important we take good care of them, not just for our dental health but also for our overall wellbeing.That being said, sometimes patients aren’t sure when to visit an emergency dental clinic. Manchester residents shouldn’t hesitate to call if suffering from any of the dental-related problems below.

 

Dental Abscess

An abscess occurs when a tooth is infected and can form very quickly. You may notice a painful swelling that’s filled with pus. It’s your body’s way of trying to contain the infection and stop it from spreading further. Symptoms include a severe toothache, fever, and facial swelling. An abscess won’t go away unless it’s treated, so don’t ignore the symptoms. With abscesses generally being quite painful, most people do seek treatment straight away.

Emergency Dental Clinic ManchesterKnocked out tooth

If you have an accident in which your tooth is knocked out, it’s important to immediately visit our emergency dental clinic. Manchester patients may then be able to have the tooth successfully re-implanted into the socket, but only if you act quickly. For the best chance of saving your tooth, keep it in a glass of milk until you see our Manchester emergency dentist.

Dislodged tooth

A dislodged tooth is when a tooth is loosened, pushed into or sideways from its socket usually as a result of an injury or accident. When this happens it’s important to immediately visit our Manchester emergency dentist because, with the right care, the tooth can be re-implanted and repaired.

Dry socket

Generally, having a tooth extraction has little to no complications. Sometimes though, after having a tooth removed, a dry socket can take place within 3 days of the extraction if the blood clot falls out of the socket too early and leaves the bone exposed. Symptoms include severe pain, earache, and a bad taste in the mouth.

Cracked or fractured tooth

Despite the strength of tooth enamel, teeth can sometimes fracture when biting down on something hard or as a result of an accident. Symptoms include a sharp pain when eating or biting down and sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures. If you have a cracked tooth that’s causing pain, it’s best to visit our emergency dentist in Manchester so that we can help stop the crack spreading any further down the root. This ensures the best chance possible of saving the tooth.

If you’re suffering from any type of dental pain and are looking for an emergency dentist in Manchester call us now on 0164 486 0743. We’ll make sure you get the treatment you need at our emergency dental clinic in Manchester.

 

 

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