Gum disease is a common bacterial infection which originates from gingivitis which means inflammation of the gums. The gums become extremely red and swollen; common symptoms including bleeding gums, bad breath, and ongoing pain.

Long-term gingivitis can turn into periodontal disease. There are several kinds of periodontal disease, and they all affect the tissue surrounding the teeth. As the disease progresses, the bone around the teeth is lost within the jaw which loosens the teeth to make them fall out. Which is why a comprehensive dental hygiene routine is essential.

Causes of Gum Disease

Oral Hygiene

Key symptoms of gum disease are bleeding gums when brushing or eating, as well as a bad smell and taste in your mouth.

Poor oral hygiene is often the main cause for gum disease due to plaque forming around the teeth. As plaque increases, the bacteria results in tooth decay if the teeth and gums are not appropriately cleaned.

This can lead to tartar, which is a hardened form of the plaque caused by precipitation of saliva and gingival crevicular fluid on the surface of the teeth.

Smoking

Smoking is perhaps one of the most environmental risk factors for gum disease. Due to the gums receiving lack of oxygen within the body’s bloodstream, they will not heal the infection. Therefore, the build-up of dental plaque will worsen much quicker than non-smokers.

Treatment and Prevention of Gum Disease

Cleaning your teeth with the correct toothpaste with the right amount of fluoride, which is a natural mineral that protects your teeth against tooth decay will reduce the likelihood of gum disease. Alongside this, cleaning your teeth twice a day for about two to three minutes, and flossing daily before brushing your teeth will get rid of any hidden plaque.

Make sure that you visit your dentist at least twice a year. This way, you get your regular check-ups, treatment, and advice to keep your gums happy and clean.

Dental Treatments

Depending on the severity of your gum disease there are various treatments that can be done.

Need an Emergency Appointment

Contact the 247 Dentist to book an emergency dental appointment. We offer ‘out of hours’ appointments and times on weekends and bank holidays to keep your mouth safe and healthy.

Call for an emergency dentist in Southampton appointment: 02392 355 553. For general dentistry, please visit Smilemakers and book your next dental health check-up.

Tooth extraction is a relatively common procedure for adults. Someone may need their tooth removed due to a gum or tooth infection, an overcrowded mouth and trauma or damage to the mouth.

After the procedure, you are likely to feel some discomfort or pain and perhaps some swelling but there are various ways to ease this with some home remedies and a bit of TLC.

The First 24 Hours

During the first 24 hours after having your tooth removed, you should expect some swelling and bleeding. If the bleeding becomes severe after 4 hours, it’s wise to book an emergency dental appointment; and if you have any of the following:

Painkillers will help to reduce any soreness and any further symptoms from occurring after the extraction.

Healing Period

Depending on which tooth you have had removed and the severity, the usual healing process is between 7-10 days. The most important thing to be aware of is keeping the blood clot in place, as dislodging it can cause a ‘dry socket’ which can be agonising. If your discomfort doesn’t reduce in 2-3 days, then visit an emergency dentist.

Tooth extractions can cause the remaining teeth to move and readjust to the extra space in the mouth. This can affect your bite, making it more difficult to chew (depending on where your teeth end up). You may be advised by your dentist to replace the missing tooth with dentures, bridges, or implants.

How to Reduce Further Pain and Swelling

Wisdom Teeth

When extracting wisdom teeth, your dentist may advise that you go under general anaesthetic, to numb the area and prevent any pain. Our dental experts will determine this subject to a consultation based on your individual dental emergency and the requirements beforehand.

Tooth extraction treatments can be done when the patient is of any age. Although, it’s more common for young adults as they are growing into their new wisdom teeth. However, no matter your age, you can get your teeth removed if necessary.

In some cases, people may need stitches to close their wounds, but they will be removed in a week’s time. Swelling, bruising and pain can be caused by this – therefore the healing process may be longer. Usually, it takes about 2 weeks of healing time for wisdom teeth as it’s a longer, and more gradual process.

Recovery is different for everyone – just be aware that if the blood clot does become dislodged or infected, then the recovery process may take longer. So, keep clean and look after your mouth carefully. After a healing period of about 2 weeks, you will be able to go back to eating and drinking normally.

We Will Take Care of You

If you require urgent dental treatment, need a tooth extraction, or are experiencing severe pain and discomfort in wisdom teeth, book an appointment with our expert dentists in Southampton. At 247 Dentist we provide emergency dental care and out of hours appointments, so you can receive the right treatments without disrupting your daily routine.

Call us on 02382 355 553 for any further assistance or fill out our enquiry form.

Tooth decay is damage caused to the tooth’s surface or enamel. It’s caused by dental plaque and bacteria; the acids in this then wear away the tooth, resulting in cavities, and serious infections if left untreated. 

Although tooth decay can be a pressing dental emergency, it is very easy to avoid if you practice good dental hygiene

What Causes Tooth Decay? 

Tooth decay occurs when the acids found in plaque and bacteria begin to break down the tooth enamel. As the tooth enamel softens, structural damage is caused by the acids creating cavities. If left untreated, this can worsen and further decay the tooth; which can lead to harmful infections and abscesses. 

Common Tooth Decay Symptoms

 There are many symptoms of tooth decay, and not all of them will necessarily cause pain, which is why it is essential to have an understanding of both the causes and the symptoms of tooth decay. 

Tooth decay is an oral disease that can impact anyone, however, some people are at more risk of experiencing decay than others.  This includes those with medical conditions, those who do not get enough fluoride, babies and toddlers who drink from bottles, and adults who may have receding gums.

 Common symptoms of tooth decay include:  

–   Toothache – either ongoing pain or occasional sharp pains without apparent cause

–   Tooth sensitivity – may feel some tenderness or pain when eating or drinking something hot, cold or sweet

–   Grey, brown, or black staining on the surface of the teeth

–   Bad breath

 –   Unpleasant taste in your mouth 

–   Pain when you bite down

Preventing Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is a common issue, however, it’s easily preventable by keeping your gums clean and healthy. The best ways to keep your gums healthy – are as follows:

–   Cutting down on sugary foods, especially snacking – everything that we eat and drink will have an effect on the frequency of getting tooth decay.

–   Brush your teeth twice a day (for a recommended time of 2 minutes), and floss after meals.

 –   Visit your dentist regularly and get regular advice based on the condition of your teeth.

However, you cannot reverse the damage once it’s been done, so having a balanced diet whilst taking care of your teeth is a massive part of maintaining a good oral health routine and avoiding any tooth decay, cavities and further pain. 

Treatments for Tooth Decay 

If you’re experiencing the symptoms or have tooth decay, it’s essential that you book an emergency dental appointment; at the247dentist we provide emergency dental care in Southampton and Brighton. 

Treatment can vary depending on the severity of your case identified by our dentists, however, there are a few common treatments that may be required to help with tooth decay: 

–   Fillings will remove the decayed tooth tissue and restore the tooth by filling it with a specialised filling material.

 –   Root canal may be required if the damage to the tooth spreads to the pulp (inside of the tooth).

–   Extraction, which is for more severe cases, is required when the damage to the pulp cannot be fixed. 

Book an Emergency Dental Appointment 

Book an emergency dentist appointment with our expert dentists. At the 247 Dentist, we provide urgent care and out of hours appointments so you can receive the right treatments without having to disrupt your daily routine.

We have recently opened our new Brighton clinic, so no matter where you are in the South East, we can be there for your emergency dental needs, or you can still contact our Southampton practice and book your appointment today.

Dental trauma and injuries to the mouth can result in serious dental emergencies that require immediate attention. If you have experienced a dental injury, it is crucial that you visit an emergency dentist to avoid further damage or infection to your teeth, gums or jaw. Contact The 247 Dentist to find your nearest clinic and book an emergency dental appointment at your earliest convenience.

What is dental trauma?

Dental trauma is the physical injury of the teeth, gums, and bone, as well as any damage to the soft tissue of the mouth such as the lips and tongue. Dental trauma ranges in severity, treatment and urgency will differ subject to each case. However, the following injuries can be categorised as dental trauma:

What causes dental trauma?

Trauma is usually the result of an accident or violent incident. This includes sporting accidents, falls, collision, and in violent cases, fighting.

When to see a dentist for trauma to the mouth

Urgency and treatment are dependent on the severity of each case. However, it is essential that you visit an emergency dentist and have your dental trauma examined, especially if your tooth has become loose or damaged.

If your teeth have sustained visible injuries, it is likely that neighbouring teeth with require examination for any undetected injuries. Even if you are not currently experiencing pain or visible damage from your dental injury, it is crucial that you undergo a dental exam and follow all precautions to ensure your health and safety is maintained.

Treatment for dental trauma can include:

Having a dental emergency?

Whether you have received experience dental trauma, an injury to the mouth or believe you may be having a dental emergency, contact The 247 Dentist to discuss appointments. Find your nearest location, or book an online consultation with our video dentist service for an in depth consultation. Our team will help determine the severity of your dental emergency and get you booked it for treatment at your earliest convenience.

What are the wisdom teeth and do we always get them?

Adults can have up to 32 teeth. The wisdom teeth are the last to come through, right at the back.

They usually appear between the ages of 17 and 25, although they may appear many years later. Nowadays people often have jaws that are too small for all 32 teeth – 28 is often the most we have room for.

So if all the other teeth are present and healthy there may not be enough space for the wisdom teeth to come through properly.

Do wisdom teeth always cause problems?

No. If there is enough room they will usually come through into a useful position and cause no more problems than any other tooth.

Often there will be some slight discomfort as they come through, but this is only temporary and will disappear once the tooth is fully in position. Regular Hygienist visits and appropriate cleaning techniques will help to reduce any problems typically associated with wisdom teeth.

Will wisdom teeth affect the position of my other teeth?

Studies have shown that, although they may play a small role in the movement of teeth in late adolescence and later, they are not the main cause and several other important factors such as residual growth must be considered.

Even when third molars are extracted, it is common to see dental movements of the other teeth occur thereafter. Therefore, it has been concluded that it is inappropriate to extract third molars only to prevent unwanted dental movement.

What is an impacted wisdom tooth?

If there is not enough room, the wisdom tooth may try to come through, but will get stuck against the tooth in front of it. The wisdom tooth will be at an angle, and will be described by the dentist as ‘impacted’. There are different types of impacted wisdom teeth, depending on the way the tooth has grown through:

What problems should I be prepared for with wisdom teeth?

If part of the wisdom tooth has appeared through the gum and part of it is still covered, the gum may become sore and perhaps swollen. Food particles and bacteria can collect under the gum edge, and it will be difficult to clean the area effectively. This is known as pericoronitis.

This is a temporary problem that can be dealt with by using mouthwashes and special cleaning methods and possibly antibiotics. If the problem keeps coming back, it may be better to have the tooth removed.

What can I do to help relieve the discomfort of wisdom teeth?

A mouthwash of medium hot water with a teaspoonful of salt will help to reduce gum soreness and inflammation (check that it is not too hot before using it). Swish the salt water around the tooth, trying to get into the areas your toothbrush cannot reach. This should be done several times a day.

An antibacterial mouthwash containing chlorhexidine (such as Corsodyl) can also reduce the inflammation. Pain-relieving tablets such as paracetamol or aspirin can also be useful in the short term, but consult your dentist if the pain continues. These should always be swallowed and in no circumstances be placed on the area.

How can the247 dentist help with wisdom teeth pain?

If the pain does not go away or if you find it difficult to open your mouth, you should see a dentist promptly. The247dentist will be able to identify the cause of the problem, and advise you accordingly.

They may to clean around the tooth with specialist cleaning equipment, prescribe an antibiotic, or even extract the tooth in some circumstances.

What are the main reasons for taking wisdom teeth out?

Far fewer wisdom teeth are now taken out than in the past. If the tooth is not causing problems, the dentist will not want to remove it.

They will only remove wisdom teeth:-

Are wisdom teeth difficult to take out?

It all depends on the position and the shape of the roots. Your dentist will tell you how easy or difficult each tooth will be to remove after looking at the x-rays. Upper wisdom teeth are often easier to remove than lower ones, which are more likely to be impacted. Your dentist will say whether the tooth should be taken out at the dental practice, or whether you should be referred to a specialist (oral surgeon) at a hospital. Very occasionally there is a possibility of some numbness of the lip after the removal of a lower tooth.

If you’re particularly anxious about the procedure then sedation and in rare cases, General Anaesthetic, is available in specialist centres and some Dental Practices.

Will it make any difference to my face or mouth?

Removing wisdom teeth may cause some swelling for a few days. But as soon as the area is healed, there will be no difference to your face or appearance. Your mouth will feel more comfortable and less crowded, especially if the teeth were impacted.

Trigeminal neuralgia is a chronic pain condition that affects the trigeminal nerve, which carries sensation from your face to your brain. If you have trigeminal neuralgia, even mild stimulation of your face — such as from brushing your teeth or putting on makeup — may trigger a jolt of excruciating pain.

You may initially experience short, mild attacks. But trigeminal neuralgia can progress and cause longer, more-frequent bouts of searing pain. Trigeminal neuralgia is rare, with around 10 people in 100,000 in the UK developing it each year. It typically affects women more often than men, and it’s more likely to occur in people who are older than 50.

Because of the variety of treatment options available, having trigeminal neuralgia doesn’t necessarily mean you’re doomed to a life of pain. Doctors usually can effectively manage trigeminal neuralgia with medications, injections or surgery.

What are the symptoms of Trigeminal Neuralgia?

Trigeminal neuralgia symptoms may include one or more of the following symptoms:

Trigeminal Neuralgia triggers

A variety of triggers may set off the pain of trigeminal neuralgia, including:

Causes of Trigeminal Neuralgia

In trigeminal neuralgia the trigeminal nerve’s function is disrupted. Usually, the problem is contact between a normal blood vessel — in this case, an artery or a vein — and the trigeminal nerve at the base of your brain. This contact puts pressure on the nerve and causes it to malfunction.

Trigeminal neuralgia can occur as a result of ageing, or it can be related to multiple sclerosis or a similar disorder that damages the myelin sheath protecting certain nerves. Trigeminal neuralgia can also be caused by a tumour compressing the trigeminal nerve.

Some people may experience trigeminal neuralgia due to a brain lesion or other abnormalities. In other cases, surgical injuries, stroke or facial trauma may be responsible for trigeminal neuralgia.

Treating trigeminal neuralgia

Trigeminal neuralgia is usually a long-term condition, and the periods of remission often get shorter over time. However, most cases can be controlled with treatment to at least some degree.

An anticonvulsant medication called carbamazepine, which is often used to treat epilepsy, is the first treatment usually recommended to treat trigeminal neuralgia.

Carbamazepine needs to be taken several times a day to be effective, with the dose gradually increased over the course of a few days or weeks so high enough levels of the medication can build up in your bloodstream.

Unless your pain starts to diminish or disappears altogether, the medication is usually continued for as long as necessary, sometimes for many years.

If this medication is ineffective, unsuitable or causes too many side effects, you may be referred to a specialist to discuss alternative medications or surgical procedures that may help.

There are a number of minor surgical procedures that can be used to treat trigeminal neuralgia – usually by damaging the nerve to stop it sending pain signals – but these are generally only effective for a few years.

Alternatively, your specialist may recommend having surgery to open up your skull and move away any blood vessels compressing the trigeminal nerve.

How can the247dentist help with Trigeminal Neuralgia?

If you are suffering from pain inside or around your mouth, a visit to the247dentist is advisable to allow the cause of your pain to be diagnosed. The rareness of Trigeminal Neuralgia makes it more likely that any pain within your mouth is caused by a dental issue which can be addressed by the dentist. Should the247dentist diagnose Trigeminal Neuralgia as the cause of the pain, they can make suitable arrangements to have this investigated further and treated.

What are the causes of toothache?

A toothache is a pain in or around a tooth that may be caused by:

What are the types of toothache?

There are generally speaking 2 types of toothache:

Reversible toothache

This type of toothache occurs when the nerve in the tooth is healthy but is being stimulated (annoyed) as a result of something such as a cavity caused by tooth decay. Commonly, this will result in fleeting moments of toothache often following eating or drinking.

In this case, treating the cause of the annoyance (eg having a filling) will result in the toothache resolving.

Irreversible toothache

This type of toothache occurs when the nerve in the tooth is irreversibly damaged (eg by tooth decay that has gone un-treated for too long and has grown too close to the nerve). Commonly, this will result in extended periods of toothache following eating or drinking, or spontaneous bouts of throbbing pain.

In this case, the nerve in the tooth cannot be saved and will require removal. This is achieved through either root canal treatment (saving the tooth) or extraction of the tooth.

How can The 247 Dentist help with toothache?

The247dentist will be able to promptly eradicate your toothache through either providing a filling, a dressing of the nerve, or by removal of the offending tooth. If you are suffering from toothache, please contact us promptly before it worsens!

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay, also known as dental decay or dental caries, is when acids produced by bacteria in your mouth dissolve the outer layers of your teeth.

Tooth decay is one of the most widespread health problems in the UK. More than half (55%) of adults in the UK have one or more decayed teeth.

Tooth decay is also a problem for children. It is estimated that between 52% and 77% of children aged 8 to 15 have some obvious tooth decay in their permanent teeth.

What causes tooth decay?

Your mouth is full of bacteria, which combine with small food particles and saliva to form a sticky film known as plaque, which builds up on your teeth.

When you consume food and drink that is high in carbohydrates (sugary or starchy), the bacteria in plaque turn the carbohydrates into the energy they need, producing acid at the same time.

Over time, the acid in plaque begins to break down the surface of your tooth. Left untreated, the plaque can completely destroy the outside of the tooth and expose the nerves inside. Once this happens, you will have toothache.

The 4 stages of tooth decay:

Stage 1. The dull spot on the tooth’s surface may be decay. Brushing with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing may prevent it from becoming a cavity.

Stage 2. The decay is now a cavity. It has gone through the tooth’s hard surface layer.

Stage 3. Now that the cavity has reached the softer layer of the tooth, it will get bigger faster.

Stage 4. If the decay is left untreated the nerve of the tooth may become infected and die resulting in an abscess.

What are the signs of tooth decay?

There is a common misconception amongst the public that your tooth will alert you as soon as there is a problem such as decay (by becoming sensitive or painful), but this is not the case.

In early stages of tooth decay it is common for there to be a complete absence of symptoms, but your dentist may be able to spot a cavity in its early stages when they examine or x-ray your teeth.

Patients are often left confused when their dentist advises them that they have decay in a tooth and require a filling – the tooth may be pain-free and not have any hole in the surface!

This is why you should visit your dentist regularly, as small cavities are much easier to treat than advanced decay!

Preventing tooth decay

To prevent tooth decay you should:

Limit sugary foods to mealtimes and make sure you don’t have food or drinks containing added sugar more than four times a day.

Eating a healthy balanced diet is important too. As well as preventing tooth decay, this will help you to stay healthy.

How can The 247 Dentist help with tooth decay?

The247dentist will be able to identify and treat any tooth decay through conservative measures, providing a filling or dressing, or in the worst case scenario, a prompt extraction.

TMJ disorders are a group of complex problems of the jaw joint. Because muscles and joints work together, a problem with either one can lead to stiffness, headaches, ear pain, bite problems (malocclusion), clicking sounds, or locked jaws.

What is the temporomandibular joint?

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a ‘ball and socket’ joint that hinges your lower jaw (mandible) onto your upper jaw (maxilla). A disc sandwiched between the two bony surfaces cushions the joint.

The temporomandibular joints are complex and are composed of muscles, tendons, and bones. Each component contributes to the smooth operation of the TMJ. When the muscles are relaxed and balanced and both jaw joints open and close comfortably, we are able to talk, chew, or yawn without pain.

What are TMJ disorders, and what are causes of TMJ disorders?

TMJ disorders are a group of complex problems of the jaw joint. Because muscles and joints work together, a problem with either one can lead to stiffness, headaches, ear pain, bite problems (malocclusion), clicking sounds, or locked jaws. The following are behaviours or conditions that can lead to TMJ disorders:

What are the most common TMJ symptoms?

TMJ pain disorders usually occur because of unbalanced activity, spasm, or overuse of the jaw muscles. Symptoms tend to be chronic, and treatment is aimed at eliminating the precipitating factors. Many symptoms may not appear related to the TMJ itself. The following are common symptoms.

Headache:

Approximately 80% of patients with a TMJ disorder complain of headache, and 40% report facial pain. Pain is often made worse while opening and closing the jaw. Exposure to cold weather or air-conditioned air may increase muscle contraction and facial pain.

Ear pain:

About 50% of patients with a TMJ disorder notice ear pain and do not have signs of ear infection. The ear pain is usually described as being in front of or below the ear. Often, patients are treated multiple times for a presumed ear infection, which can often be distinguished from TMJ disorder by an associated hearing loss or ear drainage (which would be expected if there really was an ear infection). Because ear pain occurs so commonly, ear specialists are frequently called on to make the diagnosis of a TMJ disorder.

Sounds:

Grinding, crunching, clicking, or popping sounds, medically termed crepitus, are common for patients with a TMJ disorder. These sounds may or may not be accompanied by increased pain.

Dizziness:

Of patients with a TMJ disorder, 40% report a vague sense of dizziness or imbalance (usually not a spinning type vertigo). The cause of this type of dizziness is not well understood.

Fullness of the ear:

About 33% of patients with a TMJ disorder describe muffled, clogged, or full ears. They may notice ear fullness and pain during airplane takeoffs and landings. These symptoms are usually caused by eustachian-tube dysfunction, the structure responsible for the regulation of pressure in the middle ear. It is thought that patients with TMJ disorders have hyperactivity (spasms) of the muscles responsible for regulating the opening and closing of the eustachian tube.

Ringing in the ear (tinnitus):

For unknown reasons, 33% of patients with a TMJ disorder experience noise or ringing in the ears (tinnitus). Of those patients, half will have resolution of their tinnitus after successful treatment of their TMJ disorder.

How are patients diagnosed when TMJ problems are suspected?

A complete dental and medical evaluation is often necessary and recommended to evaluate patients with suspected TMJ disorders. One or more of the following diagnostic clues or procedures may be used to establish the diagnosis.

Damaged jaw joints are suspected when there are popping, clicking, and grating sounds associated with movement of the jaw. Chewing may become painful, and the jaw may lock or not open widely.

The teeth may be worn smooth, as well as show a loss of the normal bumps and ridges on the tooth surface. Ear symptoms are very common. Infection of the ear, sinuses, and teeth can be discovered by medical and dental examination. Dental X-rays and computerized tomography (CT) scanning help to define the bony detail of the joint, while magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is used to analyze soft tissues.

What is the treatment for TMJ disorders?

The mainstay of treatment for acute TMJ pain is heat and ice, soft diet, and anti-inflammatory medications.

1. Jaw rest:

It can be beneficial to keep the teeth apart as much as possible. It is also important to recognize when tooth grinding is occurring and devise methods to cease this activity. Patients are advised to avoid chewing gum or eating hard, chewy, or crunchy foods such as raw vegetables, candy, or nuts. Foods that require opening the mouth widely, such as a big hamburger, are also not recommended.

2. Heat and ice therapy:

These assist in reducing muscle tension and spasm. However, immediately after an injury to the TMJ, treatment with cold applications is best. Cold packs can be helpful for relieving pain.

3. Medications:

Anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen or steroids can help control inflammation. Muscle relaxants, such as diazepam, aid in decreasing muscle spasms. In certain situations, local injection of cortisone preparations into the TMJ may be helpful.

4. Physical therapy:

Passively opening and closing the jaw, massage, and electrical stimulation help to decrease pain and increase the range of motion and strength of the joint.

5. Stress management:

Stress support groups, psychological counselling, and medications can also assist in reducing muscle tension. Biofeedback helps people recognize times of increased muscle activity and spasm and provides methods to help control them.

6. Occlusal therapy:

A custom-made acrylic appliance (mouth guard) that fits over the teeth is commonly prescribed for night but may be required throughout the day. It acts to balance the bite and reduce or eliminate teeth grinding or clenching (bruxism).

7. Correction of bite abnormalities:

Corrective dental therapy, such as orthodontics, may be required to correct an abnormal bite. Dental restorations assist in creating a more stable bite. Adjustments of bridges or crowns act to ensure proper alignment of the teeth.

8. Surgery:

Surgery is indicated in those situations in which medical therapy has failed. It is done as a last resort. TMJ arthroscopy, ligament tightening, joint restructuring, and joint replacement are considered in the most severe cases of joint damage or deterioration

What is the prognosis (outlook) of TMJ disorder?

The outlook of TMJ disorder depends on its particular cause. Sometimes simple stress management and jaw rest lead to recovery within days. More serious TMJ problems can require corrective orthodontics and surgery.

Can TMJ problems be prevented?

Yes. TMJ problems can often be prevented by the provision of a night-time mouth guard by your dentist.

How can emergency dental services help with TMJ problems?

The247dentist can help in diagnosing the cause of your TMJ problems and can arrange for you to be registered with a dentist for construction of a mouth guard or specialist referral, if deemed necessary.

What causes a temporary dental bridge, crown or veneer to become loose?

These restorations are usually cemented using a temporary cement or temporarily bonded onto the underlying tooth. They will therefore become loose if there is a failure in the temporary cement or bond used to attach it onto the tooth:

Failure of the temporary cement or bond

The temporary cement or bond can fail due to a difficulty in attaching to the underlying tooth either as a result of a lack of tooth structure or a tooth substance that is not conducive to the type of temporary cement or bond being used.

Temporary cements and bonds are designed so that the dentist can remove the temporary restoration easily without damaging the underlying tooth. This means that the ‘stick’ onto the underlying tooth is much weaker than with a permanent cement or bond. Unfortunately, this weakness, often combined with a heavy bite or grinding habit, means that temporary restorations can loosen and fall out.

What are the risks of not seeing a dentist as soon as possible?

In addition to the obvious cosmetic issues that can arise when a temporary dental bridge, crown or veneer falls out, there are also potentially consequences of leaving the temporary restoration off the tooth or teeth:

Even if the tooth is not painful initially, the underlying tooth may be damaged by exposure to stimuli within the mouth, resulting in damage to the nerve within the tooth and potentially the development of a dental abscess. This can mean a root canal treatment being needed, or in the worst case scenario, a tooth extraction.

There is also a risk that if the temporary restoration is left too long before being re-attached, the final restoration may not fit properly due to movement of teeth. This can mean a new dental bridge, crown or veneer being needed.

How can the247dentist help with my broken or loose dental bridge, crown or veneer?

It is usually advisable to contact the dentist as soon as possible once you detect the loosening of a temporary dental bridge, crown or veneer in order that the temporary restoration can be repaired, re-made or re-fixed.

Should your dentist not be able to see you, the247dentist will be able to repair, re-make or re-fix the temporary restoration to give you peace of mind whilst your permanent restoration is being made.

What is the cause of snoring?

Snoring is caused by things such as your tongue, mouth, throat or airways in your nose vibrating as you breathe.

It happens because these parts of your body relax and narrow when you’re asleep.

You’re more likely to snore if you:

Sometimes it’s caused by a condition like sleep apnoea, which is when your airways become temporarily blocked as you sleep.

Preventing snoring

Simple lifestyle changes can help stop or reduce snoring:

Can dental services help with snoring?

Snoring can be a serious issue with consequences ranging from lack of sleep to breakdowns in relationships. You might be pleased to know that dentistry may have a solution for you. A series of oral devices or mouthpieces are now available and can be fitted by a dentist that will address your snoring problems by preventing the lower jaw from dropping back during sleep thereby preventing the closure of your airways, which will stop you from snoring.

The247dentist can help identify whether you may benefit from one of these devices and arrange for you to see a dentist who can custom-make the device for your mouth.