Icy Pavements And The Risk To Your Teeth

Freezing conditions are likely to lead to an increase in emergency dental appointments in Cheshunt

Whether this current cold snap is a one off or something which may well occur a number of times before the winter is over, it is worth considering the additional risk that it creates for your teeth. However careful we are, we may not see the patch of black ice in front of us, and, as anyone who has done so will know, falls on ice can be very heavy and uncontrolled.

When we fall ‘normally’ we are usually able to protect ourselves with our arms to some degree. When we slip on ice, this can happen so fast that this is no longer possible. Depending on how we fall, this can lead to head and facial injuries.

If you live in the Cheshunt, Waltham Cross or Broxbourne area, and are unfortunate enough to receive a blow to the teeth in this way, here are the steps that you should take:

Accident and Emergency

We can’t emphasise enough that your priority should be your health if you have received a heavy blow to the head or face. Head trauma can be very serious and you should go straight to your local A&E to be checked before you do anything else. This is especially the case if you have blurred vision or feel dizzy or any other similar symptom.

Call our Cheshunt dental practice

Once given the all clear, or if the blow was minor but affected your teeth, you should call The Lodge Dental Suite straight away. We will always try to see patients the same day for an emergency appointment with a dentist, whenever possible. Where this is not possible, such as if we are contacted late in the day, we are able to offer advice to keep you as comfortable as possible until your appointment.

Even if you have suffered no noticeable injury, such as a broken tooth, you should still see us if you have received a blow to the face. A tooth, like an iceberg, is more than just the visible part, and damage may have occurred below the gumline which can only be detected with an x-ray.

Treatment

The treatment you will need will depend on the damage caused. A smallish chip may need only a filling or perhaps bonding. A broken tooth can sometimes be restored with a filling, but a crown may be used if the breakage is significant. We will do all that we can to save a damaged tooth where practical, but, should a tooth need to be extracted, we can discuss the various options to replace your missing teeth. These include dentures, a bridge or dental implants.

We hope that all of our Cheshunt and Broxbourne patients stay safe this winter, but remember that we are here to help, should you suffer any weather related dental accidents.

Please call The Lodge Dental Suite on 01992 643 388.