What should I do in a dental emergency?

Please contact the practice immediately and we will arrange an appointment as quickly and conveniently as possible.

Toothache?

A persistent toothache is a sign to see a dentist as soon as possible. In the meantime, rinse your mouth with water to remove any debris from an obvious cavity. Pain relief such as Ibuprofen or Paracetamol can be taken in accordance with the recommended dosage. The tablet must be swallowed not placed on your tooth.

Please ring the surgery for an appointment with one of our experienced dentist.

Swelling?

Is caused by an infection and needs to be treated immediately. Please contact us urgently to receive treatment or antibiotics from one of our experienced dentists.

Broken tooth?

A fractured tooth should be attended to immediately so please contact us for an appointment straight away. Avoid fluids, hot and cold food, and rinse your mouth with warm water to remove debris. Pain relief such as Ibuprofen or Paracetamol can be taken in accordance with the recommended dosage. Fractured teeth can usually be restored.

Please call the surgery for an appointment with an experienced dentist.

Knocked out tooth?

If dirty, rinse the tooth in milk, holding it by the crown (not the roots). If milk is not available, use water (a few seconds only) or have the patient suck it clean, then put the tooth in the socket. If tooth cannot be replaced, wrap it in cling film or place it in milk or in the patient’s mouth inside the cheek. Contact us immediately as treatment must occur within 30 minutes. Time is critical for successful replanting.

Broken denture?

Remove the denture and place all pieces in a clean plastic bag or container with a small amount of water. Bring to the surgery for repair. Do not attempt to repair the denture with any type of glue as this could jeopardise a successful repair and may be toxic.

Please call the surgery to arrange for the repair.

Objects wedged between the teeth?

Try to remove the objects with dental floss. Guide the floss in carefully so as not to cut the gums. If unsuccessful please call the surgery for emergency treatment.

Bitten tongue or lip?

Apply direct pressure to bleeding area with a clean cloth. If swelling is present apply a cold compress. If bleeding doesn’t stop readily or the bite is severe please call the surgery for emergency treatment by our experienced dentists.

Broken jaw?

If there is any question that you may have a broken jaw you need to be seen by an oral surgeon or doctor at the nearest emergency hospital. Apply ice immediately to the jaw to help control swelling.