Wondering what to do if you have a broken tooth or an emergency dental abscess? Our specialists will take care of it.
Dental pain won’t go away on its own. If you’re experiencing a dental emergency and need help, get in touch with our friendly team today. You don’t have to be registered as a patient with us to access support. We reserve a number of appointments each day to help cope with dental emergencies.
If you are a nervous patient, we will do everything we can to put you at ease. We commonly see dental emergencies that arise because patients have avoided treatment. There is no reason to feel embarrassed. It’s more important that you get the help you need as soon as possible.
If you need to see a dentist in a hurry, please do not delay. An emergency dental problem will not resolve on its own, so you must seek help as soon as possible. Our team is here to handle your dental emergency with care and compassion.
Quick steps to take in a dental emergency
I have a toothache
A toothache is a sign that you need to see a dentist and it will not go away on its own. We recommend taking over the counter painkillers such as Ibuprofen or Paracetamol to manage your pain.
Rinsing your mouth with saltwater and applying a cold compress can also ease your pain. A visit to our emergency dentist will help to diagnose the problem and create a treatment plan.
I have a chipped or broken tooth
A chipped or broken tooth can be very sharp. Avoid touching it with your tongue and get in touch with our expert dental care team as soon as possible.
I have a dislodged or extruded tooth
If you have experienced a fall or trauma to the face that has dislodged your tooth, you need to seek dental care right away. Use over the counter pain medication to control your pain and call our emergency dental line for immediate attention.
I have knocked out my tooth
A fall or accident can cause you to lose a tooth. If your tooth has fallen out, it’s important to protect the socket. To do this, you should locate the tooth and if clean reinsert into your socket. Give it a go but don’t force it.
If it is not clean, or not possible to reinsert into your socket, store in either milk or a pot of your saliva and bring to the surgery the sooner the better.
You should then see a emergency dentist as a matter of urgency. If you can see a dentist within an hour of the accident, we may be able to reattach it.
I have lost a filling
A lost filling should never be ignored as it can expose delicate and unprotected parts of your tooth. Keep the area clean and avoid eating anything which could become trapped in the hole. Make an appointment to see a emergency dentist as soon as possible.
I have lost a crown
Like a lost filling, a lost crown should also be treated with urgency. Your tooth will be exposed, so it’s important to visit a dentist to have this reattached. Keep the area clean and use a sensitive toothpaste to help protect it. Make an appointment to see an emergency dentist as soon as possible.
I think I have an abscess
An abscess will cause pain and swelling on the affected side. This is a serious infection in the root of your tooth which needs to be addressed as soon as possible. You may need a root canal to clean the infected dental matter.
If left untreated, you could lose the tooth, or the infection could spread to other parts of your body. A dental abscess needs to be treated as soon as possible, so please call our practice for an appointment. If we are closed you can call 111 to find out if you need to go to an out-of-hours emergency dentist
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some answers to the questions we receive the most about our services.
If we missed anything, please do not hesitate to contact us. We’ll be happy to help
If you are in pain, it’s an emergency. Toothache won’t go away without help from a dentist, so it’s best to book an appointment to discover the source of your pain. A dental emergency would include dental pain; swelling in your cheek, gum or neck; bleeding following dental treatment; a chipped, cracked or knocked out tooth; trauma to the face and issues with dental implants.
The aim of an emergency dental appointment is to diagnose the problem, manage your pain, and make sure it doesn’t get worse. This could include an Xray to understand what is happening, simple repairs to help avoid further discomfort, and scheduling a follow-up appointment to complete the treatment.
Absolutely! We know that some patients avoid visiting the dentist, and this can make dental problems worse. If you’re nervous about your visit, don’t worry. Our friendly team will put you at ease and help make it easy to get the dental care you need.
If you’re in pain at night or have another dental emergency that can’t wait until the morning, call 111. This non-emergency helpline will direct you to an out-of-hours dentist if you need it. If you call our practice in the night, our answerphone message will give you instructions on what to do.
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Why we are different.
Year after year, we’re privileged to welcome an ever increasing number of patients to our practice. When you choose our dental bridge service, we can promise you the following:
- From your first consultation, we will work hard to ensure you understand your options and the benefits of treatment.
- We’re open, honest and upfront about our services. We’ll offer you a realistic understanding of what you can hope to achieve with your dental bridge treatment.
- Our team of dental professionals are highly trained and experienced in fitting and placing dental bridges. We’ll be here to answer your questions and make your restoration journey enjoyable.