Sometimes, dentistry can be needed very suddenly, and booking an appointment a week in advance may be out of the question. If you need to see a dentist immediately, then many dentists, such as Studental, will have an emergency dental department. We understand that it can be an extremely stressful and daunting experience, so we want to approach it as warmly and kindly as possible, and make sure that you feel relaxed and reassured by our services. If you need an NHS dentist in Oxford, then we will also be able to provide this.
Is emergency dental care covered by the NHS?
Emergency dental care is covered by the NHS, but it will still have a cost. An emergency dentistry appointment will cost the same as a Band 1 appointment and may cost extra if you need any further treatment. However, if you need extra treatment then it will be part of the extra band treatment, so you will not have to pay extra for the consultation. If you are looking for an NHS dentist in Oxford, then we offer many NHS treatments, as well as private, so the choice is yours.
What counts as ‘emergency’ dentistry?
Emergency can be a relative term when it comes to dentistry, as no dentistry is life-threatening. However, if you are in extreme pain, or you have damaged or lost a tooth, then we consider that emergency dentistry, as you will need to see a dentist the same day as your call. We will make it our number one priority to see you on the day that you call. If we can’t solve your problem on the day, then we will ensure that you are pain-free when you leave our practice, so that you can come in the next day feeling more relieved, and see an NHS dentist in Oxford as soon as possible.
I have knocked out a tooth, what do I do?
Being a dental practice at a university with a lot of sports going on, we are used to dealing with knocked-out teeth, so rest assured we will know what to do. The moments after a tooth has been knocked out are critical, both in terms of time and actions made, so it is important to know what to do.
A knocked-out tooth is known as a dental avulsion, and the first step to be taken is to locate the tooth, which if you have received a sudden blow to the face, can be more difficult than it seems. Once the tooth has been located, it should only be picked up from the crown of the tooth, and not the root. This is extremely important, as touching the root will crush the root cells, and make reinsertion into the gums almost impossible. This is the main priority, as the cells are extremely delicate, and must be preserved in order to reinsert the tooth. If the socket is too bloody, it can be difficult to know how to put the tooth back in, and putting back in incorrectly can damage the root cells. Transporting the tooth to a professional is another option, and placing the tooth in milk or a saline solution is the best course of action in this case, as water will again, damage the vital root cells.