Emergency Dental Care

What is an Emergency?

A dental emergency is anything that needs urgent care and attention.

This could include
  • Severe toothache accompanied by disturbed sleep and a need for over-the-counter painkillers
  • Pain or swelling of the face and mouth that suggests a dental infection
  • Trauma of the face, mouth or teeth after a recent accident or injury
  • Excessive and uncontrolled bleeding after tooth extraction
  • Tooth fracture that traumatises the surrounding tissues

What does emergency dental treatment involve?

The aim of the emergency appointment is to diagnose and relieve the pain(Toothache). Depending on the cause of the toothache, treatment will be carried out. This will involve examination and other investigations to be carried out like radiographs to determine the cause.

If the cause is tooth decay, then the dentist will remove the decayed tooth tissue and restore with temporary fillings. You may be asked to return for a more definitive filling after emergency treatment.

If your tooth ache is due to broken or lost fillings, leaving sharp edges then the area will be smoothed or temporary fillings may be placed. You may be asked to return for a more definitive filling after emergency treatment.

If the pulp is affected irreversibly due to a deep cavity or has got an abscess or swelling ,a course of antibiotics may be prescribed if indicated. As part of emergency treatment, the infected nerves may be removed to enable draining and a dressing placed. You may be asked to come back for definitive treatment.

What are the possible causes of dental pain?

Toothache occurs when the pulp, which contains nerves and blood vessels supplying a tooth, is irritated, angry and inflamed.

There could be a number of causes for the inflamed pulp which include:

  • Deep dental decay
  • Bacterial Infection
  • A crack in the tooth
  • Damaged or lost filling
  • Partially erupted wisdom tooth
  • Gum disease
  • Injury or trauma to the teeth or jaw joint
  • Ill-fitting dentures
  • Mouth ulcers

Our telephone line opens at 8am and is open until all spaces are filled.

We try our best to attend to as many emergencies as possible.

Our reception number is: 01394 274936

For out of hours and weekend services please contact NHS choices: 111