We understand how worrying a dental emergency can be, so we aim to see you as soon as we can and preferably on the same day.
An emergency can happen for a number of reasons including:
- Tooth decay that is causing pain
- A broken or lost tooth
- A lost or broken filling, crown, bridge or denture
When any of these problems occur, you will want to see a dentist as soon as possible, especially if you are in pain. By seeing you quickly we can also prevent tooth troubles from getting any worse and avoid more involved, costly treatment.
We offer same day emergency appointments five days a week between 8:30am – 5:30pm (or until 7pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays). This service is open to all our patients and those who are not registered with us.
Emergency? Don’t worry – just give us a call on 0118 957 4308 or 0118 950 2275.
If you need to see a dentist outside our opening hours then please call our 24 hour helpline on 0118 957 4308.
Emergency Care Tips
While you are waiting to see us, try following these helpful emergency care tips:
Rinse your mouth with warm water and take over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen, but remember to follow the instructions on the packet. A cold compress can help reduce any swelling.
Place sugar-free chewing gum or a temporary filling material in the cavity and avoid eating or drinking on the affected tooth.
If still in one piece, use chewing gum or over-the-counter dental cement to stick the crown in place temporarily. If broken, keep all the pieces and cover the cavity in the same way as a lost filling.
Knocked out tooth
Hold the tooth carefully by the crown (the part that shows when in your mouth) and rinse gently with water (but be sure not to scrub). Try to put the tooth back in place but make sure it is the correct way round. If this is not possible, then keep it in some milk (or water containing a pinch of salt).
Don’t reinsert a baby tooth as it can damage the permanent tooth underneath.
Collect any pieces of tooth and store them in milk. Rinse your mouth with warm water and apply a cold compress to reduce any swelling.