FAQs About Emergency Dentists & Toothache
Who should be my first contact if I think I need emergency dental treatment?
It may not always be appropriate to wake your dentist up in the middle of the night if your case is not urgent or can wait for a day or so. You may not be able to evaluate the problem on your own and therefore you can call NHS direct on 0845 4647 for immediate advice on what to do.
What constitutes an emergency dental treatment?
Not all dental problems can be urgent in nature. However, some problems can require immediate professional help to solve to prevent the case from worsening. These problems can include:
Severe and serious toothache; in cases of ignored oral health, cavities can reach the pulp of a tooth and cause severe pain that will require immediate dental treatment especially if abscess develops.
Lost fillings; No one would die of a lost filling, however, in cases of lost filings it may be important to visit your dentist as soon as possible to at least get a temporary filling placed to prevent food and debris from collecting in the cavity and causing an infection and/or pain. Once a temporary filling is in place, you can wait for a while before you have the permanent one placed.
Chips, cracks and fractures of teeth; the nature of the damage to the tooth has to be evaluated by a dentist as soon as possible. This is because you run the risk of having tooth decay that compromised the structure and allowed the tooth to break or get chipped. Once at the dentist's, he/she will see if the damage is purely cosmetic or if the decay requires a filling or worse, extraction. Restoring aesthetics comes after the evaluation has taken place. If your tooth is fully knocked out and cannot be reinserted, put it in a glass of milk and take it to your dentist.
Crooked teeth as a result of trauma; if your tooth is knocked out of alignment it will require emergency dental treatment. This can be to gently push it back into position. The sooner this is done the better as this may save your tooth.
cuts and broken jaw bones; sometimes broken jaws may even require the help of a hospital not only a dentist. However, the one who can evaluate the situation best is the dentist who may clean the wound and give you painkillers before he/she refers you to the local hospital.
What to do in a dental emergency?
In a dental emergency you should start by calling NHS direct if it was out of hours. Otherwise, get in touch with one of our dentists as soon as possible and arrange for him/her to see you.
Your dental emergencies kits!
You may choose to have a kit for use in dental emergencies. We suggest that in that kit you should have, sugar free chewing gum to close a cavity if a filling is lost. Phone numbers of NHS direct and your dentist as well as a responsible adult who will be able to escort you to the dentist. Mouthwash to clean any cuts and of course painkillers in case you get a toothache. It has to be mentioned that preventing dental emergencies that are not accidental in nature can save you a lot of time and pain and that is very easy to achieve and only requires routine visits to the dentist and keeping a good oral hygiene.