We are committed to providing safe, effective and responsible dental care to all our patients. To protect the safety of our team and patients during the current outbreak of COVID-19, we have taken the decision to suspend all but emergency dental care in our dental practice. This means if you have a routine appointment in the coming weeks - it will need to be cancelled and we will contact you to arrange an alternative date.
If you are experiencing a dental emergency such as severe dental pain and/or swelling - we are still taking calls and are happy to carry out a telephone triage service. Please call 01202 485993 during business hours (or follow the answering machine instructions) and we will advise you what to do.
Your safety, and that of our team is our top priority, so please do not come to the practice in person for any reason unless you are asked to do so.
Please stay safe and we look forward to resuming your ongoing dental care as soon as deemed safe to do so.
If you are self-isolating due to COVID-19 pandemic and develop dental pain there are a few things you can do to that may help reduce the pain without having to leave your house.
Pain from teeth
There can be many reasons for pain in your teeth, however a common cause can be decay of a tooth.
Tooth decay is a bacterial infection of the tooth. If the bacteria get close to the nerve in the tooth, it can potentially cause the tooth to be acutely sensitive. As the infection grows it can cause inflammation of the nerve in the tooth and also the ligaments holding the tooth in position. This inflammation can make the tooth painful and especially painful when biting.
Obviously if you need to have decay removed, a root filling or a tooth extraction, these are tasks that will need to be undertaken by your dentist at Stephen House Dental Practice when possible. However there are steps you can take to help manage the pain.
  • Anti-inflammatory tablets (NSAIDs) can reduce the sensitivity. A combination of ibuprofen and paracetamol has been found to be beneficial. Please note you should avoid ibuprofen/nurofen if you  suffer from asthma, have a history of stomach ulcers or you already take Aspirin or have an allergy to Ibuprofen.  Also, there are some reports that Ibuprofen may increase the symptoms of COVID-19 so Paracetamol alone is probably best if you have symptoms. Make sure you don’t exceed the recommended dosage, and also don’t stop taking the anti-inflammatory when the pain stops (or it will come back again!)​. You are wanting to reduce the inflammation of the nerve in the tooth which is causing the pain. Please call us if you are unsure as to the correct dosages and how long to take medication for.

 

  • Desensitising toothpaste​ such as “Sensodyne repair and protect” or “Colgate sensitive pro relief” could help.

 

  • If there is sign of an infection / swelling next to the tooth or pus discharging you might find that rinsing your mouth with lukewarm salty water or mouthwash beneficial. Dissolve a spoonful of sea salt in warm water and rinse around your mouth/ hold it in your mouth next to the infected area. Repeat several times until the pain subsides. 

 

Broken Teeth
If a tooth or filling has become chipped or cracked, you may experience pain and/or sensitivity from the nerve in the tooth being exposed. You might also experience pain on your tongue from sharp edges on the cracked tooth. The sensitivity can be reduced by rubbing a de-sensitising toothpaste onto the tooth. Please call us for further advice.
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Sunday Closed
Monday 8 a.m to 5 p.m
Tuesday 8 a.m to 5 p.m
Wednesday 8 a.m to 5 p.m
Thursday 8 a.m to 5 p.m
Friday 8 a.m to 4.30 p.m
Saturday Closed

Please note that we are closed between 12:30 - 1.15pm for lunch during weekdays
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23A Bargates,
Christchurch
BH23 1QD