How can I apply SELF HELP?

How can I apply SELF HELP?

HELP!! It’s Friday night, the practice is closed and my crown has just fallen out. What can I do?

You can buy temporary cements from most chemists to keep it in until we can see you, or keep it somewhere safe until your appointment.

I’m in pain but it’s not too bad.

If you are in pain, ordinary painkillers, (Paracetamol, Ibuprofen) that you would normally take, should control it. Please follow the manufacturers instructions. If the pain is more severe then you can stagger the painkillers, i.e. take one of one type e.g. Ibuprofen, then 2-3 hours later take one of the other type e.g. Paracetamol. Please contact the Practice as soon as it is reasonable to make an emergency appointment. If in any doubt, follow the manufacturers instructions or take advice from your pharmacist. For ulcers or tender extraction sites, use salt mouthwashes to soothe and cleanse the area.

I've broken my denture.

If your denture breaks do NOT try to glue it as this can cause further damage and make the repair more difficult. Keep pieces somewhere safe and contact us for an appointment as soon as possible.

I’m going on holiday, what if something happens to my teeth when I’m away?

Get good travel insurance which covers dentistry. In this case you would have to find a dentist yourself, pay for the treatment, keep your receipts and then claim back from your insurance company on your return.

Oral Healthcare Plan and Denplan Patients

Take your membership card with you. This has details of a number to phone. Tell them where you are and what the problem is and they will try to find you a dentist. Expect to pay for this, but keep receipts and claim back from DPAS or Denplan on your return. We can of course help you with any of the paperwork if necessary.

It’s really bad, what can I do?

If you have severe pain, swelling, bleeding or trauma you should call the surgery immediately on 01738 638399 during surgery hours of 8.45am and 5pm or our emergency out of hours number 0845 424 2 424

I've had a tooth out and it is still bleeding. What can I do?

Place a clean wad of tissue or a folded hankie over the extraction site and bite on it for half an hour without disturbing it. This should stop the bleeding, but if it persists, contact the Surgery or out of hours service

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