Sensitive and/or Painful Teeth
Sensitivity or pain can be triggered by a number of things, including hot and cold food or drinks, and also has a number of causes.
Sensitivity to cold can be caused by decay, receding gums, or by tooth brush abrasion wearing away your tooth’s hard protective coating of enamel. While special toothpastes or mouthwashes for sensitive teeth may help, you should also visit us as you may need a filling or treatment for gum disease.
Pain and/or sensitivity to hot and cold are usually a sign that your tooth is decayed, or that the nerve within it is irritated. You may need a filling or root canal treatment.
Pain on biting can have a number of causes. An existing filling may need adjusting, or you may have a cracked tooth which needs attention. Alternatively you may have an infection, which could need root canal treatment. Again we would suggest an early visit to the practice.
Sensitive and/or Painful Gums
Mouth ulcers are a common cause of sensitive or painful gums, and can usually be treated with an antiseptic mouthwash or special ulcer gel, both of which are available from chemists. Sometimes the problem can arise as a result of damage to the gum, causing a sore spot. This should heal within a few days and, again, can be treated with mouthwash or gel.
Sometimes an abscess can cause painful gums, and you may need a course of antibiotics and possibly root canal treatment.
If you suffer from a sore spot or ulcer in the same place for more than a few days, it is wise to get it checked out by us.
If your gums bleed when you brush your teeth, or perhaps even for no apparent reason, then you may be suffering from gum disease. This has very few symptoms, but can cause a number of problems, and if left untreated can eventually lead to tooth loss.
Visit our hygienist so she can give your teeth and gums a professional clean, and advise you on how best to care for your gums.
The treatment for a broken tooth varies according to the severity of the break and the condition of the part of the tooth that is left. Often it can be treated with a filling, porcelain onlay or a crown, although sometimes it may need more advanced treatment or even extraction.
Tooth Knocked Out
If your tooth has been knocked out, it is important to keep it moist until you can see us. Don’t clean or rinse it, and avoid touching the root. Place it back into the socket if possible, or keep it in the cheek of your mouth (but not in the case of young children or a severe facial injury), or in milk. Seek dental treatment as soon as possible, preferably within the hour – the quicker you see us, the more chance there is of saving your tooth.
Teeth can become loose as the result of accidental damage or advanced gum disease. Often we are able to apply a temporary splint to the tooth to hold it in place. Occasionally, particularly in the case of advanced gum disease, we may have to remove the tooth.
What are the surgery hours?
We are open weekdays from 8:30am to 5:30pm. On Tuesdays we are able to offer “after hours” appointments until 8:00pm. Saturdays we are open from 9:00am to 1:00pm.
How do I book an appointment?
Simply telephone us on 020 8940 9955, or call in to see us.
Are you taking on new patients?
Yes – we are always happy to see new patients. Many of our new patients are referred to us by our existing ones - if you have been referred by one of our patients, please do let us know so we can thank them.
What should I do in an emergency?
Call us on 020 8940 9955. If the practice is open, we will ensure that we can fit you in on the day. If it is out of hours, there will be a message on our answer machine telling you who to contact.
Can I park at the practice?
There is metered parking outside the practice and the Paradise Road car park is only 75 yards away. For a local map and details of local transport, see our “Contact Us” page.
Do you have facilities for disabled people?
The practice has wide and easy access and we are also able to offer ground floor treatment rooms.
If you have any particular needs, please call us in advance to ensure we are able to meet them.