Emergency Dentist in Swindon

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Do you need an emergency dentist?

Don't suffer in silence if you, or someone you know, is in pain or has a problem with their teeth, please call us on we will do our best to see you on the same day.

In addition we have a comprehensive out of hours emergency service, simply call the practice on 01793 762231- any time and you will be given clear guidance.
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How we quickly diagnose the problem

Your dentist at Highworth Dental Care, Swindon, has several methods that they will use to determine the cause of your tooth pain.

First, he will ask you several questions regarding the types of symptoms
you are having:

  • Is it sensitive to cold or heat?
  • Does it hurt to eat?
  • Has it woken you in the middle of the night?
  • Does it respond to painkillers?
  • Do you have a nasty taste in your mouth?
  • Do your gums bleed when you brush or eat?

These questions will help your dentist narrow down the possible causes for you discomfort
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Emergency X-rays

Your dentist may also want to take an x-ray of the bothersome tooth to check for abscesses, cavities, or any other hidden problems. At Highworth
Dental Care all our surgeries are equipped with modern digital radiographic technology which reduces the dosage of X Ray radiation to you, helping to keep you safe, and also enables the clinician to clearly see any problems and easily communicate those to you with a visual image.




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Other ways we can diagnose your specific problem

There are other tests your dentist sometimes
performs to help diagnose a toothache. Such tests include a percussion test where the dentist will gently tap on areas of the tooth or surrounding teeth to help identify the precise location of the pain. A biting pressure test, using a “biting stick” or cotton tip applicator, may be used to determine what area of
the tooth is causing the pain. The cold air test uses a gentle stream of cold air blown directly on the different areas of the tooth to figure out where the
sensitivity is coming from. In addition, all our surgeries at Highworth Dental Care are equipped with modern intra-oral cameras, which allows your
dentist to take images of your teeth that can be magnified to identify problems more readily and help communicate those problems to you.

Once your dentist has diagnosed the cause of
your toothache, they will explain to you what is involved in fixing the problem and possibly prescribe you medication to help alleviate the symptoms in the
meantime.

In cases of severe pain, it is often difficult
to determine the exact cause. Of course, if left untreated, your symptoms will
only worsen over time.

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What are the most common causes of toothaches?

Tooth Decay

Also known as cavities, this condition refers
to the decay of the outer surface (enamel) of the tooth. When plaque sticks to the tooth
enamel, it feeds on the sugars and starches from food particles in your mouth. This produces an acid that eats away at the enamel, causing weak areas and holes. As the decay spreads inward toward the middle layer of the tooth (dentin), it can create symptoms such as sensitivity to temperature and touch.

Using some of the techniques and skills
discussed above, your dentist at Highworth Dental Care will be able to diagnose whether dental decay is causing your pain and offer bespoke solutions to you.
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Inflammation of the tooth pulp

Also called pulpitis, this condition means
that the tissue in the center of the tooth (nerve/tooth pulp) has become inflamed and irritated. This inflammation causes pressure to build inside the tooth and puts pressure on the surrounding tissue. Symptoms of an inflamed tooth pulp can be
mild to extreme, depending on the severity of the inflammation. Treatment for pulpitis is essential because the pain will only worsen with time.
Using some of the techniques and skills
discussed above, your dentist at Highworth Dental Care will be able to diagnose whether dental decay is causing your pain and offer bespoke solutions to you.
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Abscess

A dental abscess is caused by the buildup
of bacteria inside the pulp chamber that becomes infected. This infection then tries to drain itself out of the very tip of the tooth root. The pressure from the draining infection causes a pain that can become severe with swelling if left untreated. Most abscesses can be seen visually on a dental x-ray.

At Highworth Dental Care all our surgeries are
equipped with modern digital radiographic technology which reduces the dosage of X Ray radiation to you, helping to keep you safe, and also enables the clinician to clearly see any problems and easily communicate those to you with a visual image and offer solutions bespoke to you.
Filling in a cracked tooth

Cracked Tooth

Your teeth can be weakened over time due
pressure from biting and chewing. The force from biting down on a hard object like ice or a popcorn kernel can sometimes cause a tooth to crack. Symptoms of a cracked tooth may include pain when
biting or chewing, and sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures or to sweet and sour foods. Treatment for this condition will depend on the location and
direction of the crack as well as the extent of the damage.

Your dentist at Highworth Dental Care will be
able to perform a variety of tests to help diagnose whether a cracked tooth is causing your tooth pain. Such tests include a percussion test where the dentist will gently tap on areas of the tooth or surrounding teeth to help identify the precise location of the pain. A biting pressure test, using a “biting stick” or cotton tip applicator, may be used to determine what area of the tooth is causing the pain. The cold air test uses a gentle stream of cold air blown directly on the different areas of the tooth to figure out where the sensitivity
is coming from.

In addition, all our surgeries at Highworth
Dental Care are equipped with modern intra oral cameras, which allows your dentist to take images of your teeth that can be magnified to identify problems
more readily and help communicate those problems to you.

Once your dentist has diagnosed the cause of
your toothache, they will explain to you what is involved in fixing the problem and possibly prescribe you medication to help alleviate the symptoms in the
meantime. In cases of severe pain, it is often difficult to determine the exact cause. Of course, if left untreated, your symptoms will only worsen over time.
Tooth care kit

iMPACTED TOOTH

Teeth can become impacted when they are
prevented from moving into their proper position in the mouth by other teeth, gums or bone. The most common teeth to become impacted are the wisdom teeth because they are usually the last to erupt. When the jawbone cannot accommodate for these extra teeth, the teeth remain stuck under the gum. This impaction can create pressure pain
and even jaw soreness.

An impacted tooth is generally diagnosed by taking an X Ray picture of the area and at Highworth Dental Care all our surgeries are equipped with modern digital radiographic technology which reduces the dosage of X Ray radiation to you, helping to keep you safe, and also enables the clinician to clearly see any problems and easily communicate those to you with a visual image and offer solutions bespoke to you.
Woman with sensitive teeth smiles

gUM DISEASE

Also known as gingivitis and periodontitis, gum disease is characterised as an infection of the gums that surround the teeth. This infection eventually causes bone loss and deterioration of the gums. Gums become detached from the teeth, forming pockets that fill with more bacteria.
Tooth roots are then exposed to plaque and become susceptible to decay and sensitive to cold and touch.

sENSITIVE TEETH

Sometimes you may notice that your teeth, or a
specific tooth is sensitive to cold air, liquids and foods. There are people who simply have what is known as "sensitive teeth," meaning your teeth may have developed a sensitivity linked to cold temperatures.

Your dentist, or hygienist, may recommend you
start brushing your teeth with a special toothpaste made for teeth sensitivity to help alleviate your symptoms. He may also apply fluoride to your teeth
(especially the parts of your teeth that meet the gum). Always let your dentist or hygienist know when you are experiencing dental sensitivity of any kind as
the solution can often be very simple and effective.
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nON DENTAL CAUSES

Believe it or not, there are times when tooth
pain or sensitivity has nothing to do with your teeth at all. For example, if you have a sinus infection or have sinus congestion, you may notice your teeth
feeling more sensitive than usual. You may even have pain or discomfort that seems to be coming from several teeth, when in fact, the pain is caused by a sinus infection. This is especially true of your upper teeth, because they are located directly under your sinus cavities, and any pressure or pain from your sinuses can affect these teeth. If your dentist feels that this may be a possibility, he may suggest you try taking a decongestant to see if symptoms are alleviated or lessened.

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