What is a dental emergency?
- “I haven’t slept all night with toothache!”
- “I am struggling to eat due to pain”
- “I have facial swelling”
- “I have had a knock to the mouth”
We offer emergency appointments to our patients in pain usually within 24 hours or on the same day where possible. If you are experiencing pain and wish to be seen urgently please call 01480 453215. Even if you have not been to our practice before, and are looking for emergency dental treatment, we will do our best to help. If you need urgent treatment outside of the opening hours you should contact 111 (NHS direct).
General advice on dental emergencies
Constant, severe pain that can keep you awake at night, call us to book an appointment. In the meantime, over-the-counter pain killers can help and avoid any precipitating factors, for example; chewing hard foods or hot or cold drinks if this hurts. In all cases it is best to gets things checked as soon as possible.
This is usually caused by infection and treatment will be required. Contact the practice without delay. In the rare event a swelling in your mouth has become so large it is becoming difficult to swallow or breathe, contact A&E.
If the tooth is painful, avoid eating very hot or cold foods and chewing on that side. Painkillers may help. Contact the surgery to have the tooth assessed without too much delay as this may increase the risk of further damage to the tooth and possibly the nerve inside.
The tooth may be sensitive to temperature so avoid very hot or cold drinks. Avoid eating on that side. Keep the crown/bridge safe and bring it to your dentist. If possible, it maybe recemented to avoid further damage to the underlying tooth and nerve.
A little pain and swelling following tooth extraction is expected and can usually be controlled by over-the-counter painkillers. Ensure you avoid smoking. If you experience unusually severe pain not helped by these measures, or, which persist after a few days, please contact us.
Broken dentures can usually be repaired and we have arrangements with our onsite laboratory to have this done as quickly as possible.
The tooth needs to be reimplanted as soon as possible. Immediately call us for an emergency appointment. Avoid touching the root to prevent microscopic damage to where the bone attaches. If the tooth is visibly dirty, rinse it gently with water but do not scrub. If you can, replace the tooth back in the socket and hold there until you see us. If this is difficult keep the tooth in milk.
Attempt to gently reposition the tooth with very light finger pressure. Avoid eating and contact us.