What will happen at my first visit to a dentist?
At your first visit , your new dentist will take your personal and contact details, medical history and you will need to sign our GDPR forms.
The dentist will then examine and chart your teeth. They will also examine and assess the condition of your soft tissues (gums) and your general oral hygiene. They may take x-rays but only if needed. They will then discuss treatment if needed and a treatment plan including costs involved.
You can make any further appointments as necessary.
Why are my gums bleeding?
Gums (gingiva) bleed sometimes if plaque (a soft sticky film of bacteria) is left on the teeth . This can cause bleeding, gingivitis and inflammation (puffiness) of the gums and also lead to the calculus formation (hardened plaque deposits which cannot be removed with tooth brushing). If gums do not stop bleeding after a couple of days with a thorough cleaning at home, you should contact your dentist.
Why am I in pain after a tooth extraction?
Generally after an extraction any discomfort or pain does not ususally last long and can be controlled with painkillers, paracetamol, ibuprofen. Sometimes if a blood clot does not form properly in the extraction socket pain may last longer. If this happens 3-4 days after the extraction, you may need to go back to your dentist who will dress the socket for you.
What should I do if I knock my tooth out?
Try to replace it back in the socket if possible and hold in place for a couple of minutes by biting down on a handkerchief. If this does not work place tooth in a glass of milk and contact your dentist as soon as possible.
I have sensitive teeth, what should I do?
Firstly, try brushing with a sensitive toothpaste and leaving a small film of it on after toothbrushing (not rinsing). You can also place a small amount on your finger and rub into local areas (a single tooth/teeth) of extra sensitivity. By waiting an hour to brush your teeth after eating and/or drinking this may also help to alleviate the sensitivity. If the sensitivity is continuing after a couple of days you should contact your dentist.