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WIBU to take my DN to emergency dentist?

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PovertyPain Sun 16-Apr-17 14:33:41

She is 21yrs old, lives with me and I am her 'mother figure'. I've been looking at the emergency dentist 'rules' and it states you are only to attend for uncontrollable bleeding or pain. 😟 Her metal brace/wire has popped/broke and there is a sharp bit of wire sticking out. The usual dental practice won't be open until wed and I'm worried about her cutting her mouth. For context, she has SNs and its not as simple as just telling her not to touch it or poke at it. Do you think they'd be pissed if I take her? I really don't think she could wait.

user1491572121 Sun 16-Apr-17 14:35:07

I wonder if she'd let you cut the bit off with some wire cutters? If not, do go...she will have a cut up mouth otherwise!

PerfectPenquins Sun 16-Apr-17 14:35:16

I'd take her that can do a lot of damage and get very sore

handmademitlove Sun 16-Apr-17 14:35:47

Use a bit of wax to cover the sharp bit - does she have some from the orthodontist? If not you can use baby below wax!

VimFuego101 Sun 16-Apr-17 14:37:01

I would try the dental wax first. I agree with you that this will be very painful and needs dealing with but I suspect the emergency dentist will not.

PovertyPain Sun 16-Apr-17 14:39:43

Thank you for your prompt answers.

I wouldn't want to risk cutting it in case it makes it worse or I hurt her. I'm cringing just thinking about what could go wrong.

I don't have wax. Would the chemist have such a thing? That sounds like a great idea. She's more unset at the thought that she can't eat her Easter egg. 😄

TestingTestingWonTooFree Sun 16-Apr-17 14:39:47

I'm dubious about whether wax will help, but maybe try it if you have some to hand.

HerrenaHarridan Sun 16-Apr-17 14:41:22

I dont think they would be annoyed if you took her for this

StillDrivingMeBonkers Sun 16-Apr-17 14:44:49

She's 21 - ask her what she wants?

amicissimma Sun 16-Apr-17 14:46:23

I've been in this situation many a time with my DC. I just snipped the bit of wire off with good solid scissors. Then to the dentist at the first opportunity when they were open. In every case the dentist said this was the thing to do, unless snipping the wire could be avoided, and that an emergency out-of-hours appointment was not appropriate.

PovertyPain Sun 16-Apr-17 14:46:36

I'm not expecting them to fix it, but I'm hoping they might be able to snip the sharp bit off, as user suggested. They're not open until this evening so I'll try to get some wax, in the meantime. This is why I love Mumsnet. It's hard when you no longer have someone to talk these 'simple' decisions over with. Thank you all. 🌷

TheMythOfFingerprints Sun 16-Apr-17 14:48:42

I read on here once that the waxy coating from a babybell is a good emergency replacement for dental wax.

Funnyfarmer Sun 16-Apr-17 14:49:41

Will you even be able to find a chemist open today? for dental wax? I'm pretty sure when I phoned emergency dentist over Christmas I was able to speak someone who was quite knowledgeable and gave me great advise. This was 6 years ago though is it not the case now?
If not you could try 111.

PovertyPain Sun 16-Apr-17 14:50:20

She has SNs and isn't always able to make appropriate choices for herself. She also has ticks so I wouldn't want to risk snipping it.

PovertyPain Sun 16-Apr-17 14:51:36

I've tried finding a contact number, Farmer but they don't have one.

IAmAmy Sun 16-Apr-17 14:51:47

My mother who is a dentist says you should take her given the circumstances (SN and can't get to the usual practice until Wednesday).

Littlecaf Sun 16-Apr-17 14:52:12

This happened to me. It wasn't classed as an emergency so I waited until the dentist was open and got an appointment quickly. All he did was clip the wire off and file it down until blunt. Even if you clip the wire, the sharp end will still be found by her tongue.

However I dont have SN so not quite in the same boat. Can you call and ask before taking her to emergency dentist?

PovertyPain Sun 16-Apr-17 14:56:48

Thank you Amy and please pass on my thanks to your mum. That's given me a bit more confidence. I was worried that they would be annoyed with me taking her and she picks up on these things very easily. For reasons I won't go into, she gets very uptight if she thinks others are annoyed with her.

IAmAmy Sun 16-Apr-17 14:59:11

You're welcome PovertyPain. She says definitely don't hesitate to take her and also does a fair bit of work treating special needs patients herself smile

LouKout Sun 16-Apr-17 15:00:52

Id take her. Also you can call and ask too if unsure.

Devilishpyjamas Sun 16-Apr-17 15:04:02

Take her. If she has learning disabilities she needs to be see .

PuffinNose Sun 16-Apr-17 15:08:07

Take her. It could do some nasty damage.

Miniwookie Sun 16-Apr-17 15:10:12

Ring them. They triage you. So they won't be annoyed, they will just refuse to see her if they don't deem it to be an emergency

Funnyfarmer Sun 16-Apr-17 19:53:45

Don't you have to ring to speak to someone anyway? Does your area have an emergency dentist you can just take them?
I'm in the north west and how it works here. You phone speak to someone and tell them the symptoms and usually someone will ring you back with a dentist who is willing to see you. It could be 40 miles away.

Funnyfarmer Sun 16-Apr-17 20:15:54

*20 miles

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