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Emergency Dental Treatment

A dental emergency means you require urgent assistance. This could be caused by a number of things such as infection and dental injury. Common emergency dental problems include severe tooth decay, dental abscesses causing swelling and knocked-out teeth.

We will always try to see patients as soon as possible if they have a dental emergency. Broken teeth and crowns which have fallen out and are not causing pain are not classified as emergencies however we will always try to get you an appointment as quickly as we can. Normally if you call early in the day we will always try and get you an appointment on the same day. We are always available for advice if you have any concerns during working hours. 

Frequently Asked Question

Generally, you should avoid going to A&E for a dental emergency.  Doctors are not fully equipped to treat dental emergencies, so going to the hospital may end up being a frustrating experience. You should only go to A&E if you:

  • Have uncontrollable bleeding in your mouth
  • Have increasing swelling, which is causing you difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • Have swelling around your eye, under your tongue or around your neck following dental problems

Call us to arrange an appointment as soon as possible.

In the meantime we advise you take painkillers (paracetamol or ibuprofen) to ease the pain and avoid chewing with your sore tooth.

Not all dental problems are urgent in nature. However, some problems may require immediate professional help to prevent the issue from worsening.  These problems can include:

  • Severe and serious toothache; in cases of neglected oral health, cavities can reach the pulp of a tooth and cause severe pain that will require immediate dental treatment especially if an abscess develops.

  • Lost fillings; in cases of lost fillings it may be important to visit your dentist as soon as possible to at least get a temporary filling placed to prevent food and debris from accumulating in the cavity and causing an infection and/or pain. Once a temporary filling is in place, you can wait for a while before you have the permanent one placed, but as the name suggests they are only temporary and a permanent solution will be needed.

  • Chips, cracks and fractures of teeth; the nature of the damage to the tooth has to be evaluated by a dentist as soon as possible. Once you get to us, your dentist will see if the fractured portion requires a filling, crown or worse, extraction.

  • Crooked teeth as a result of trauma; if your tooth is knocked out of alignment it will require emergency dental treatment. This may involve gently pushing it back into position. The sooner this is done the better as this may save your tooth.

  • Cuts and broken jaw bones; sometimes broken jaws may require the help of a hospital not only a dentist. However, the one who can evaluate the situation best is the dentist who may clean the wound and give you painkillers before he/she refers you to the local hospital.

If you’ve knocked out a tooth, don’t panic, but make sure you see your dentist as soon as possible. If you knock out a tooth, make sure you:

Pick the tooth up carefully by the top of the tooth. Never touch the root of your tooth.

Rinse the tooth gently with water if it’s fallen on the ground or on a surface outside your mouth.

Try and reinsert your tooth back into its socket, to keep the root protected. Hold it in place by using soft fabric or by gently biting down. If you can’t reinsert it, place your tooth in a glass of milk to preserve the root.

See a dentist as soon as you can. The quicker you see a dentist, the more likely it is that the tooth can be saved.

Swellings in the mouth and swelling of the face should never be ignored, particularly in children, because most of the time swelling means bacterial infection – a dental abscess.

If you have had toothache you may notice that the side of your face has swollen up and/or that a lump has developed on the gum near the painful tooth. Painkillers can help in the short term, but most of the time the best solution is to treat the dental problem.

Using a cold pack – a bag of peas from the freezer wrapped in a towel – held against the side of the face for a few minutes can help reduce the pressure. It is very important not to use anything hot against the swelling because this can make it worse.

Rinsing with warm salt water can help a swelling inside the mouth to drain.

A dental abscess will not heal on its own. Infection from abscesses can spread to your jaw or other areas of your neck, which is why it’s vital you see the dentist. Call us to arrange an appointment as soon as but if the swelling is so severe that it stops you swallowing or is making it difficult for you to breathe then you should to A&E immediately.

At the emergency appointment the dentist will diagnose the cause of the swelling and take a dental x-rays to confirm the source of the infection.

If possible the abscess will be drained under local anaesthetic and this will provide immediate pain relief as the pressure is released. In many circumstances the symptomatic tooth can be extracted but sometimes antibiotics are needed to bring the infection under control before the tooth can be removed. Each case is different, your dentist will advise as to the most appropriate treatment for you.

Sometimes facial swelling can appear after dental treatment e.g. if there has been a particularly difficult extraction, but you will have been warned about this and advised about what to do. If this happens unexpectedly then please contact us again.

Good oral hygiene is key to avoiding dental emergencies. It is important you:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes
  • Limit the amount of sugar in your diet to prevent tooth decay
  • See your dentist regularly to make sure there’s no problems with your oral health

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