We understand that it’s impossible to plan for dental emergencies, which is why we make sure that we have some emergency appointments available every day. Everyone’s perception of what makes a dental emergency is slightly different – you might:
- Be in pain
- Have damaged a tooth or restoration
- Be having problems with your speech because of a dental problem
- Have a dental issue that’s affected your appearance
- Have concerns or worries that you don’t feel can wait
Whatever your needs, we have members of our team on hand to give you the advice, support or treatment you need when you need it.
To arrange an emergency appointment, simply call us on 01477 533 941.
If you need emergency dental attention outside of our surgery opening hours, a message on the practice answerphone will give you details of how to access dental services.
Stress-free emergency dental care
Our emergency dental fees are the same as our usual dental fees, so you won’t pay extra for an emergency that’s beyond your control. As with other appointments, we will give you a full emergency dental plan and quotation, and carry out emergency dental treatment on the same day whenever possible.
Common dental emergencies
You’ve got a toothache
There are various problems that can cause toothache, but the most common is a dental infection. Often toothache creeps up on us slowly, eventually going from manageable to a level of pain that’s quite distracting. If your toothache is gradually getting worse, you could try the following steps:
- Rinse your mouth with warm water
- Use a mouthwash designed to tackle bacteria
- Floss your teeth to remove any trapped food that might be causing problems
Although it can be tempting to manage a toothache with painkillers, this can actually mask that the problem is getting worse and give the infection time to spread. At the first sign of toothache, arrange an appointment so that we can treat the infection. For an emergency appointment, call us on 01477 533 941.
A crown, filling or bridge has fallen out
If you have a crown, filling or bridge that has fallen out, you should arrange an emergency appointment straightaway so that we can either repair or replace the restoration. With a filling, we may need to put in a temporary replacement before giving you an appointment for your new restoration. It is often possible to re-cement a crown or bridge that has fallen out. If the restoration fell out because of an injury, we’d recommend washing your mouth out with warm water to relieve any pain and then applying a cold compress to reduce any swelling.
You have bleeding gums or bad breath
If you notice blood mixed with your saliva when you’re brushing your teeth, it can be a shock. In most cases, bleeding gums – much like bad breath – are a sign of gum disease, which, if left untreated, can lead to receding, swollen gums and tooth loss. If your gums are bleeding or you’re worried that you have bad breath, we would recommend that you book an appointment as soon as possible to discuss your concerns with your dentist. Our Hygienist will also want to work with you to stop your gum disease in its tracks.
Dental emergency? Call us on 01477 533 941.