We recognise that dental emergency situations do arise, and at our practice, we guarantee to see you the same day you call. Whether it is something as simple as a tooth filling or a complicated procedure, we can provide you with assistance.

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The most common reasons our patients need emergency dentistry are accidents or toothaches. Toothaches can be caused by infection or by injuries. If you are suffering from a toothache, don’t hesitate to call us immediately. We will get you in as soon as possible and figure out what is going on so we can relieve your pain.

A tooth that has been knocked out or cracked is perhaps the most critical dental emergency. If your tooth has been knocked out in an accident, seeing a dentist as soon as possible is vital to saving your tooth. In the meantime before you get to the dentist, you can take steps to keep your tooth alive, including gently trying to place the tooth back in its socket (without touching the root), keeping the tooth between your gums and lip, or wrapping in cling wrap. If your dental emergency is potentially life threatening, you should go to the A&E department.

What To Do In Case Of A Dental Emergency?

We will always try to attend to any of our patient’s urgent dental problems as soon as possible or make other arrangements for our patients to be cared for. Even if you have never been to our office before, we are happy to help you during a dental emergency. Please contact us immediately if you are in urgent need of care.

Please see our frequently asked dental emergency questions below for additional information.

Preventing Dental Emergencies

One of the best prevention tools you have is your regular check up appointments. We focus on prevention and early detection of issues so you don’t get caught off guard. However, we understand that even if you do everything right, sometimes things go wrong.

There are a few precautions you can take on your own to avoid future dental emergencies. Our most important piece of advice is to treat your teeth with care & respect. You only get one set of permanent teeth! Stopping bad habits like nail biting or chewing on pens & other inedible objects can go a long way in preventing future dental disasters.

Improvements to your dietary habits can also contribute to dental longevity. Eating ice or hard and sticky candy is rough on your teeth and will wear them down or even loosen them. If certain foods take extra effort to chew, it’s probably best to avoid them.

Athletes and kids who play sports should always wear protective mouthguards during physical activities. These can be purchased at the store or from a dentist. An athletic mouthguard that fits well is more likely to prevent injuries, so make sure to have a dentist take a look at yours. Even minor teeth shifting can affect how your mouthguard fits.

If you’re having problems with a store-bought sports mouthguard, the dentist can usually make one that’s better for comfort and protection. After all, you’re more likely to wear a mouthguard when it fits nicely! Get in the habit of bringing your mouthguard to every dental appointment in case it needs adjustment.

Keeping these tips in mind can save you a lifetime of dental visits and expenses. We’re happy to care for you during a dental emergency, but we’d prefer you avoid one in the first place!

Frequently Asked Dental Emergency Questions

What should I do in an event of a dental emergency?

Please call the practice immediately so that we can arrange an appointment as quickly and conveniently as possible for you.

What should I do to cure a toothache?

If you are suffering from a painful toothache, something is wrong that requires attention. Contact us immediately to organise an appointment as quickly and conveniently as possible for you. Painkillers such as Ibuprofen or Paracetamol are recommended; do not exceed the maximum dose.

What should I do if I have a swelling?

Swellings in the mouth and face can be from a variety of different reasons. If you are concerned about any swelling please contact us immediately to arrange an appointment.

What should I do if I have fractured my tooth?

Fractured teeth can usually be restored so there is no need to panic. If the tooth is painful, avoid hot or cold and avoid eating or biting on that side i.e. relieve the tooth from extremes of temperature and pressure. Painkillers such as Ibuprofen or Paracetamol may help. Treatment is usually available by contacting us quickly.

What if I have lost a crown?

Keep your crown safe as we may be able to re-cement it. It’s important to take care of this as soon as possible to avoid damage or the need for root canal treatment. Contact us immediately.

What if I have knocked a tooth out?

• The tooth needs to be re-implanted into its socket immediately.

• Try not to handle the tooth root to protect the fibers around the root surface.

• If possible, place the tooth back into the socket and splint in place with silver paper.

• DO NOT place the tooth in water.

• DO place the tooth in cold milk or on one side of your mouth between your teeth and cheeks.

• Contact us immediately.

What if I have broken my denture?

Broken dentures can usually be repaired. Please resist the temptation to glue them together yourself as this often makes a repair very difficult. Contact us to organize the repair.