Harpenden Smiles is open every day of the week, except Saturday afternoon (after 2pm) and all day Sunday. We also provide extended opening hours until 7.30pm on Monday through to Wednesday.
If you have a dental emergency we offer different options, depending on when it occurs:
Of course we will try to see you as soon as we can, but in the meantime, here are a few handy tips that may help you out when you suffer a dental mishap.
Thoroughly rinse your mouth with warm water. If you have any swelling, this can be eased with a cold compress. You can also take painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen – but make sure you follow the instructions on the packet.
Try to keep any bits of broken tooth and then rinse your mouth with warm water. A cold compress will help reduce any swelling and you can apply a piece of gauze to any parts of the mouth that may be bleeding.
Keep the tooth but hold it carefully by the crown (the part that normally shows in your mouth) and rinse gently with water. Try not to scrub it clean or remove any fragments of attached tissue. If possible, put the tooth back in place but make sure it is the right way round. If you can’t do this then put it in some milk (or water containing a pinch of salt). Remember we will be much more likely to save a knocked out tooth if you see us quickly.
Your tooth may feel tender without its protective filling, so try sticking a piece of sugar-free gum into the cavity or use an over-the-counter temporary filling cement.
Try to keep your crown and bring it with you when you attend your appointment. In the meantime, you can slip the crown back in place with some dental cement, toothpaste or denture adhesive but please DO NOT use superglue!
These infections, which occur around the tooth root or in the space between the teeth and gums, can cause serious damage to surrounding tissue and teeth if left untreated, so please try to see us as soon as possible if you discover a painful spot-like swelling on your gum.
In the meantime, you can rinse your mouth with warm salty water several times a day. If you experience severe pain and swelling along with flu-like symptoms, then head straight to A&E.
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