Icon Dental Care will be moving to Provident Dental Surgery, in Worthing Town Centre. The new address is:

Provident Dental Surgery

First Floor 

7 Chapel Road

Worthing

West Sussex

BN11 1EG

 

Telephone: 01903 821822.

 Website: www.providentdentalsurgery.com 

All patient files will be moved from Icon Dental Care to the new address above, if you are a patient of Icon Dental Care, please contact Provident Dental Surgery from now on for your appointments. New patients are welcome to register with Provident aswel. 

 

 

Broken tooth or filling and is sharp and sensitive and rubbing against your tongue and gum and make the area sore.

 

Cover the broken tooth by a sugar free chewing gum and contact your dentist.

 

 

 Bleeding from a tooth socket following an extraction.

Usually after every extraction you expect some bleeding. The bleeding time and the amount of bleeding depending on many factors like the size of the extraction site and the type of extraction(simple extraction or more difficult extraction and/or surgical extraction) and if patient has been taking any blood thinning drugs like Warfarin, Heparin and to some extent Ibuprofen and Aspirin.

You can also decrease pain and swelling by applying an ice pack- 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off for the first six hours following the extraction. 

However if you have a lot bleeding following a tooth extraction do the following. Roll a clean handkerchief like a sausage and bite on it on the extraction site it can be a gauze pad, soft clean padding or even cold wet tea bag( If your dentist has placed a suture in the extraction site then you must be careful and not bite very hard on the site because it could cause the dental suture to come loose).                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Keep your head elevated on several pillows.

 

 Avoid strenuous exercise during the first 24 hours and keep the mouth from excessive movement. Physical activity may increase bleeding.                                                                                                                                                                                 

If you want to take pain killers before and after extraction take Paracetamol (if you can). Ibuprofen and Asprin are making the blood a little more thin and causing slightly more bleeding after extractions.                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Do not play with your tongue in the extraction site. If you did have a surgical or maybe more difficult type of extraction it is possible the movement of tongue in the extraction site do open the site (or even some times loosen up the suture). keep your tongue away from the extraction site.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Try not to brush the extraction site a few days following the extraction specially when a more difficult type of extraction has been carried out (with sutures). After a few  days you can start to brush the area very gently.

 

 

Pain in extraction site following a tooth extraction

After extraction specially in the more difficult  cases maybe patients experience some more discomfort for a few days time. If you do have discomfort following a tooth extraction and you want to take pain killers then you are better off to take an anti inflammatory pain killer(like Ibuprofen and/or Aspirin, if you can) rather than Paracetamol. The anti inflammatory pain killers have the benefit of reducing the inflammation in the extraction site as well and hope fully achieving a faster healing.

One of most common causes for pain in the extraction site following a tooth extraction is development of infection in the extraction site. This type of infection is usually developed a few days following the extraction and patients experience pain and severe sensitivity to hot and cold.Some type of people are more prone to develop these type of infection in the extraction site and other factors like smoking, long term diabetes and age is affecting the risk to develop such infection.Try to avoid smoking because it does increase the risk for such infection. Try to see your dentist as soon as possible.This condition is called Dry Socket.

 

 

 Pain in the gum around wisdom teeth

Pain in the gum around upper wisdom teeth- There are many reasons for the pain in the gum around upper wisdom teeth but maybe one reason is the upper wisdom tooth has been erupting in a wrong angle and is rubbing against the inside check specially when the person open and closes the mouth which in turn causes the tooth to rub against the inside check. A temporary good help is to put some thing soft on the tooth (sugar free chewing gum) and contact your dentist immediately.Because of inflammation in the area maybe an anti-inflamatoric pain killer (like Ibuprofen or Aspirin) works better than Paracetamol. If you are not sure if it is the gum around upper or lower wisdom tooth which hurts then try with your finger and push the gum around upper wisdom tooth and see if it hurts when pushing the finger there.

 Pain in the gum around lower wisdom teeth- Again there are many reasons for pain in the gum around lower wisdom teeth but there are 2 cases that we do discuss them here. Again try with your finger and see if it is realy the gum around lower wisdom tooth which hurts or not.

The first the reason for the pain can be because the upper wisdom tooth has been over erupting and when the patient bites the upper wisdom tooth bites on the gum partially covering lower wisdom teeth. This is traumatising the gum the lower around lower wisdom tooth. Try to avoid biting on the area and contact your dentist because these types can very easily develop into an infection in the jaw.          

The second reason for pain in the gum around lower wisdom tooth can be because the lower wisdom tooth is partially covered by gum. It makes that some times food and bacteria gets under the gum and causes infection in that area. Brushing the gum and the wisdom teeth some times causes this problem to occur less. However if you suffer with such discomfort contact a dentist because it can develop to an infection. This condition is called Periocronitis. Click Here to see a video.

 

 

 Pain in a tooth

Pain in a tooth because of a cavity: Remove the food rest from inside the cavity and make inside the cavity clean. Put some clove oil in it. You can buy dental clove oil from chemist. Becare full too much clove oil with irritate your gum. Some times cold water helps to ease the pain for a short period of time.Contact your dentist.

Pain in the tooth because of infection in the jaw: If you bite on a tooth and it hurts very much then it is possible that it has caused an infection in the jaw bone. Take pain killers and contact your dentist.

 

Broken Denture

If you denture has broken never try to fix it by using glue. These type of material are highly cancerogen material and should not be used in contact with inside mouth tissues. Take the denture to the dentist.

 

Denture Rubbing against the gum

Use a denture fixative some times it restrict the movement of the denture and helps. Otherwise contact the dentist.

 

Your Crown or bridge has become loose.

Generally speaking it is not good to recement crowns and bridges back on your own because they might become loose again and you could swallow them but however there are some temporary cementing materials available in the chemist shop to temporary fix your crown back, until you get to the dentist. But before doing this have a good look inside the the crown (or bridge). Are there remaining of the core inside ?(a broken core inside the bridge?) then maybe there is not much point to try and recement your crown because it has no retention and can comes out. CLICK HERE to see a video.

 

 

List of Emergency Dental Treatment Providers

 
Patients needs emergency treatment out of surgery hours (mainly evenings and weekends) can call the following Emergency Dental Services.


Worthing and surrounding area (by appointment only)
Tel: 01903 230364
Central Clinic, Stoke Abbot Road, Worthing BN11 IHE
Please telephone between:
Monday-Friday: 5.30pm-10pm
Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays: 8.30am-1pm



Chichester and surrounding area (by appointment only)
Tel: 01243 831790
Jubilee Dental Centre, St Richard's Hospital, Chichester PO19 6SE
Please telephone between:
Monday-Friday: 5.30pm-10pm
Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays: 8.30am-1pm



Crawley and surrounding area (by appointment only)
Tel: 01293 518541
Crawley Hospital, Crawley, West Sussex RH11 7DH
Please telephone between:
Monday-Friday: 5.30pm-10pm
Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays: 8.30am-1pm


Haywards Heath and surrounding area (by appointment only)
Tel:  01444 440695
Haywards Heath Health Centre, Heath Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3BB
Please telephone between:
During the week, Monday evening only: 5.30pm-10pm
Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays: 8.30am-1pm