We know how distressing, and often painful, a dental emergency can be.
We take every emergency very seriously and will do all we can to see you as soon as possible. It is important not to ignore a dental emergency as it can lead to permanent damage or require more complicated treatment if not swiftly addressed.
There are steps you can take to help us deal with your emergency as swiftly as possible. If you are in pain, you can take painkillers to help reduce the discomfort.
insert a temporary shop-bought dental filling material into the cavity or use sugar-free chewing gum.
if the crown is still intact, you can use an over-the-counter dental cement or sugar-free gum to stick it in place, but please don’t use superglue.
If your crown is broken, keep all the pieces and cover the cavity in the same way as a lost filling.
keep any small pieces and rinse your mouth with warm water. A cold compress will help reduce any swelling, and you can apply a piece of gauze to stop any bleeding.
we will be much more likely to save the tooth if you see us quickly, so call us as soon as you can.
Hold the tooth carefully by the crown (the part that would normally be visible in your mouth) and rinse gently with water, being careful not to scrub or remove any little bits of tissue.
Try to put the tooth back in position, making sure it is the right way round. If this is not possible, then place it in some milk (or water containing a pinch of salt).
this is not normally considered an emergency unless the gum is damaged or parts of the tooth are still embedded. Child-friendly painkillers can be given, while ice lollies may help relieve pain and swelling.
Never try to re-implant a baby tooth as it could damage the new adult tooth in the gum.
rinse your mouth with warm, salty water and apply a cold compress to ease any swelling. If you experience intense pain and swelling, accompanied by flu-like symptoms, you should go to your nearest A&E department.
We always endeavour to see emergencies as soon as possible on the same day. Please call 01256 840141 as early as possible during our opening hours.
An out of hours dental emergency service is available for anyone who has severe pain, facial swelling or bleeding by calling Urgent Care Services on 111.