FAQ

At your initial visit, a member of our team will take all of your personal details, such as your address and date of birth. They will also take a full medical history to make sure that they are fully aware of any illnesses or medication that you may be taking and they can then treat you safely. 

The dentist will then carry out a full check-up and chart all of your teeth and previous treatment, they will also assess the condition of your gums and your general oral hygiene and carry out an oral cancer screen. They may also take diagnostic x-rays.

If you need to have any dental treatment, your dentist will discuss this with you. They may give you a treatment plan and tell you what the cost is going to be.

You can make any further appointments as necessary.

If you have facial swelling or have dental pain, this could indicate that you have an infection. You will need to see a dentist as you may need treatment and/or antibiotics to relieve the symptoms of this infection.

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Gums bleed when they are irritated and inflamed which is not considered normal. This is due to plaque (a soft film of bacteria) being left on the teeth which causes inflammation called gingivitis and if not addressed can develop into gum disease. Over time, if not cleaned off through daily brushing and interdental cleaning, the plaque can turn into a hard deposit called tartar or calculus which will require professional scaling by your dentist or hygienist to remove it.

It is important even if your gums bleed they are still brushed to keep the mouth clean otherwise the bacteria build up in your mouth will make gum inflammation worse. After a few days of thorough cleaning, your gums should stop bleeding. If this does not happen you will need to ask the advice of one of our dental team as you may need professional cleaning. 

A good oral healthcare regime should be able to prevent your gums from bleeding if done correctly. We would always suggest that you have regular examinations with your dentist at Allander Dental Care. This can help diagnose and treat anything unusual in your mouth so you get the correct care and advice.

You may have to use a softer brush whilst the gums are inflamed until they become healthier. It is also important to clean in between teeth daily using interdental brushes or floss. Debby Lawson, our hygiene therapist at the practice is always on hand to give advice.

Smoking can cover up a gum problem as it restricts the blood flow to the mouth. If you have recently given up smoking this may allow the gums to get a better circulation and therefore start to bleed.

You can try using a toothpaste specifically designed for sensitive teeth. Rub a little toothpaste into the sensitive area when going to bed as it helps protect the surface.

Try to avoid strongly acidic foods and drinks and wait at least an hour after eating before brushing as this could cause even more sensitivity. Grinding your teeth can also increase sensitivity and a mouth guard maybe necessary.

If the pain continues, speak to us and we may be able to offer further care to reduce your symptoms. A number of things can cause sensitivity and a member of the dental team will be able to identify these and advise the correct care.

If the tooth is clean and if you can, try to put the tooth back in. Hold the tooth by the crown, check the orientation and place it firmly back into the socket. Bite on a clean handkerchief for 15-20 minutes.

If you cannot get the tooth back in, it has more chance of survival if you can keep the tooth in your cheek until you can get to an emergency dentist. If this is not possible, keep the tooth in some milk.

The tooth needs to be replaced ideally within 30 minutes, so seek dental attention immediately.

Dry mouth can be a symptom of many different problems and can happen as you get older. Quite often it is a side effect of medication - especially heart, blood pressure, some analgesics and anti-depressant treatment.

If you have a dry mouth, this can be very uncomfortable and it can make eating certain foods very difficult.

Many prescription medicines can cause a dry mouth and if you are taking any regular medication from your doctor, it may be worth discussing these symptoms with him to see if there is an alternative that does not have the this particular side effect.

If you think that you are suffering with a dry mouth, you should discuss this with us. We may recommend some treatment to help alleviate this problem.

Generally any discomfort after an extraction does not last for long and can easily be controlled by the painkillers you would normally take for a headache. If it lasts any longer than 48 hours you should contact us for advice.

Sometimes pain may occur 3-4 days after the extraction when a blood clot has not formed properly in the extraction socket and the bone becomes inflammed. This condition is commonly known as a dry socket. If this happens please contact the practice and one of the dentists will examine you and may have to dress the socket.

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