We know how distressing, and often painful, a dental emergency can be, so we will always try to see you as soon as we can.
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. We will only arrange an emergency appointment if it is absolutely necessary, to help relieve pain or provide essential treatment.
Out of hours
If you need help out of normal clinical hours, call the practice on 01273 736448. Our emergency messaging service will put you in touch with an emergency dentist. New patients may also use this facility, at the discretion of the emergency dentist.
There is a charge for after-hours call outs.
If you are a member of one of our dental care schemes or if you have other dental insurance the costs will be paid directly to the emergency dentist or reimbursed to you if you have paid for the call out. Please insist on an official practice invoice and receipt when paying for services before you leave the practice.
Tips on how best to deal with a dental emergency
While waiting for a dentist to help with your emergency, there are things you can do to help us and to relieve some of the pain.
Take painkillers regularly to help relieve the pain. You can use paracetamol or ibuprofen, but please remember to follow the instructions on the packet.
Insert a temporary shop-bought dental filling material into the cavity and contact your dentist as soon as possible.
If your crown is broken or lost we would recommend that you contact your dentist at your earliest convenience.
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).
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 contact your dentist straight away.