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What You Should Do If You Need Emergency Dental Care

Even if you do visit your dentist regularly, a dental emergency may still happened.  When you are in pain or worried about your child who has chipped her tooth falling off her bike, it can be difficult to think clearly.

Who should you ring?

Well the very good news is that most of dental surgeries will operate a service for dental emergency and so the first call should be to your own dentist to explain what has happened.  If the surgery is closed, at the weekend, for instance, there will normally be a different number to call. If you can’t get in to see your own dentist then you can get touch with NHS Direct. They should have a list of emergency dentists in your area.

What is a dental emergency?

It’s can be hard to know when a problem does require urgent dental care services so we have put together a few situations that would be regarded as a dental emergency.

  • A cracked tooth – Teeth that are chipped or broken need to be seen urgently. Rinse your mouth out with warm water and until you can get to a dentist, hold a cold compress to the outside of the area affected.
  • A tooth that has been knocked out – Hold the tooth carefully at the crown and wash it gently under water to rinse any dirt off the root.  Be careful not to damage the soft tissue that might still be attached to the tooth. Gently push the tooth back into the socket with your fingers and bite down gently. A tooth should not be left to dry out so if pushing the tooth back in the socket doesn’t work then put it in a small glass of milk. You will have to get to a dentist within half an hour to have a chance of saving your tooth.
  • Damage to your braces – If your braces are damaged you can look for a dental clinic open for 24 hours and contact an emergency dentist. If the damage is severe, you may need to visit an orthodontist the same day.
  • Losing a crown or a filling – In this case you need an appointment but maybe not quite so urgently. Any pain can often be managed with over the counter painkillers or you could try applying oil of cloves although you should check with your dentist before you do.  
  • Severe toothache – In this case you can rinse your mouth with warm water and then very gently floss around the area just to be sure nothing is caught in-between your teeth. If the toothache does not resolve. call your dentist.

Some dental emergencies can lead to problems that can be severe and even life threatening, but you can contact Emergency Dentist London who will be happy to help.  Our friendly staff and state of the art dental clinic is waiting to welcome you.


  14 Dec 2016