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Emergency Dental Treatment

Below is a list of common problems and the best way to manage them until you can see your dentist.

Toothache

Taking normal painkillers such as paracetamol and/or ibuprofen can help to reduce the severity of toothache.

Please check that these painkillers are safe to use with your current medications. If you are unsure then contact your doctor.

If you have any swellings then apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth/cheek.

Warm salty mouthwashes may also help to reduce symptoms.

Chipped or Broken Teeth

If you break a tooth, try to save any pieces if possible. If there is any bleeding then apply a gauze and keep pressure on the area for around 15 minutes or until the bleeding has completely stopped.

A cold compress can be used to reduce any swelling.

Maintain a soft diet until you can arrange an appointment to see your dentist.

Knocked Out Tooth

If you knock out a tooth gently rinse it under cold water.

Try not to touch the root of the tooth, hold it by the crown – the part which you can normally see in the mouth.

Place the tooth in milk or hold it in the mouth next to the cheek and arrange an appointment to see your dentist as soon as possible.

There is a much higher chance of saving the tooth if you can see a dentist within an hour of it being knocked out of the mouth.

Lost Fillings or Crowns

If you lose a filling or crown then book an appointment to see your dentist as soon as possible.

If the tooth is sensitive you can try to apply sensitive toothpaste to the area and leave it on for as long as possible. It can also be applied just before you sleep.

Over the counter filling material, usually available from a pharmacy, can be used to help cover the area as a temporary measure only.

Bring the crown with you to your appointment if possible.

Whenever possible, please contact us about emergencies during normal surgery hours.

If you need to be seen the same day then please get in touch as early in the day as possible so that we can do our best to get you an appointment slot.

PLEASE CALL: 0118 987 1287

If treatment is necessary, we will do our best to arrange it within 24 hours.

Outside of opening hours, please call the NHS emergency helpline on 111.

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