Swiftly sorting your problems
We understand how worrying a dental emergency can be and aim to see you as soon as we can, preferably on the same day. An emergency can occur for several reasons including:
- Tooth decay (that is causing pain)
- A broken or lost tooth
- A lost or broken filling, crown, bridge or denture
When a problem does occur, you will want to see a dentist as soon as possible, especially if you are experiencing pain. Also, if we see you quickly, we can prevent your problems from getting any worse and help you avoid more complex and costly treatment.
While you are waiting to receive dental attention, the following tips may help:
- Toothache – Rinse your mouth with warm water and take painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen. A cold compress may help to reduce any swelling.
- Lost filling – Place sugar-free chewing gum or a temporary filling material in the cavity and chew on the other side of your mouth.
- Lost crown – As a temporary measure and if the crown is still in one piece, use chewing gum or over-the-counter dental cement to stick it in place. If it is broken, keep 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 upper part that shows when in your mouth) and rinse gently with water. 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 slightly salty water). Don’t put a baby tooth back in place as it can damage the permanent tooth underneath.
- Broken tooth – 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.