What to do when you can’t visit the dentist

We have put together some helpful tips to help you with your dental care during COVID-19. If you have a dental emergency, please call the practice on 0191 257 4338.

Bleeding after extraction

Applying pressure will usually stem most bleeding, try biting on a clean handkerchief or flannel for 30 minutes. If the bleeding continues, please call the practice or 111.

Bleeding gums

Bleeding gums are usually caused by gum disease or gingivitis. To prevent bleeding, improve your dental hygiene routine with thorough brushing and flossing. Use a soft manual brush or an electric toothbrush. Interdental brushes will also help clean between teeth. A chlorhexidine mouthwash like Corsodyl can be used in the short term alongside a good dental hygiene routine.

Loose or rubbing dentures

If your dentures are loose, try using a fixative or bonding pad. If you have any sharp or rough bit on your dentures, you can smooth these down at home with an emery board. If you are finding your denture is sore to wear, leave it out when possible.

Lost crown, veneer or post crown

You can restick your lost crown or veneer with a special adhesive such as Toofypegs. Keeping good oral hygiene will ensure the tooth below does not become decayed.

Lost filling or fractured tooth

If you feel able, you can patch up your broken tooth at home with an emergency dental kit. If you feel you need to, take regular painkillers and maintain good oral hygiene, cutting back on sugar to prevent decay.

Pain after extraction

It is normal for pain to be worse 3-4 days after a tooth extraction. Keep the site clean by rinsing gently with salt water after meals. If your pain does not subside after a week, call the practice or 111.

Sensitivity

Sensitivity can be caused by decay, receding gums or large fillings. If you are experiencing sensitivity, you can try placing sensitive toothpaste over the sensitive area and leaving overnight.

Swelling

If you have an abscess take painkillers as needed and contact the practice or 111.

Toothache

Good oral hygiene and cutting back on sugary foods can help prevent toothache. If needed, you can also take regular pain medication.

Ulcer

Oral treatments such as Bonjela, applied directly to the area, especially before meals can help reduce ulcer discomfort. You can also rinse with salt water to prevent infection. Maintain good dental hygiene. If the ulcer persists, see your pharmacist.

Wisdom tooth pain

If you are experiencing wisdom tooth pain, stick to a soft food diet, take regular painkillers if needed and rinse regularly with salt water. You can also clean under the gum with a small-headed toothbrush to remove any debris using Corsodyl gel if possible.