LWT and the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Dental services nationally have been told to cease all face-to-face consultations until further notice by the Chief Dental Officer for England. This has obviously drastically reduced our footfall within the practice, and has proved to be a serious challenge for dentists, and their teams to assist as best as they can to their patients remotely.

As a result of this order, we are currently not undertaking any face-to-face consultations within the practice. All patients have been contacted to inform of appointment changes and cancellations. For our patients who come into difficulties, during this testing time, we are operating a telephone triage service. The practice landline (0114 266 2853) is answered during normal working hours, and triaged appropriately. If necessary, a member of the clinical team will contact you as soon as possible, and discuss any problems over the phone. Should it be necessary, we have an ability to prescribe medication remotely. These prescriptions may be collected at the Sheffield Late Night Pharmacy, on Fulwood Road in Broomhill.

We understand that this could prove to be a difficult time for our patients, especially those that experience problems during the pandemic. The British Dental Association has produced some helpful advice for patients, which may be found here.

Below, please find a list of common dental problems and some helpful advice to try:​

TOOTHACHE

  • Regular painkillers if you need them

  • Good oral hygiene with a fluoridated toothpaste and reducing intake sugar will help ensure decay (if present) won't worsen 

BLEEDING AFTER EXTRACTION

  • Bleeding tends to respond well to pressure. Bite on a clean cloth firmly for 30 minutes. If this doesn't work, call us back

  • Pink saliva and a little bit of oozing from the extraction site is normal 

LOST CROWN / POST CROWN / VENEER

  • Toofypegs can be used to restick lost crowns and veneers at home

  • Good oral hygiene and a low sugar diet will help prevent the tooth underneath from getting decayed

PAIN AFTER EXTRACTION

  • Regular painkillers. It is normal for pain to be at its worst on days 3-4

  • Rinse gently with saltwater (a teaspoon of salt in a medium glass of warm water) after meals

  • If pain is getting worse after a week, call us back

ULCERS

  • Apply Bonjela on the area that is painful before meals in particular

  • Maintain good oral hygiene

  • Take regular painkillers if needed

  • Rinse with saltwater to prevent infection

  • Use Difflam mouthwash to help with pain which can be bought from the pharmacy

  • Call us back if the ulcer does not ease after 3-4 days

BLEEDING GUMS

  • This is usually the result of gingivitis or gum disease. Gums will not stop bleeding until your oral hygiene improves. Brush your teeth and gums twice a day, spending extra time on the ones that bleed.

  • Invest in some interdental brushes or floss to clean in between your teeth

DENTURES RUBBING OR LOOSE

  • Consider using a fixative for loose dentures like fixadent

  • Seabond denture pads may also make a denture more comfortable or stable

  • Any sharp or rough bits can be adjusted at home carefully with an emery board

  • Leave your denture out if its too sore to wear

REGULAR PAINKILLERS

Adults

  • Paracetamol 1g 4 times daily

  • Ibuprofen 400mg 3 times daily

  • **Paracetamol and Ibuprofen can be alternated for maximum pain effectiveness

  • Co-codamol 8/500 4 times daily (on its own, not with Paracetamol or Ibuprofen)

Always seek medical advice on the suitability of pain relief and dosages before taking 

SENSITIVITY

  • Teeth can be sensitive due to receding gums, large fillings or decay

  • Try placing Sensodyne toothpaste or another sensitive toothpaste on the sensitive areas and leaving it on overnight

  • Use regular painkillers if you need them

  • Maintain good oral hygiene and limit sugar in your diet to prevent any decay from getting worse

SWELLING

  • You are likely to require medication for this, dependent on the history. Contact the practice, and we will triage and advise appropriately

LWT Dental Care

719, Ecclesall Road

Sheffield

S11 8TG

(0114) 2662853

 

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last edited 17/09/20

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