Dental Emergency

  • Severe Toothache
  • Fractured Tooth/Crown/Denture/Jaw
  • Swelling
  • Locked Jaw
  • Avulsed Tooth (Tooth knocked out of it’s socket)
  • Lost Crown

What Should I Do In The Event Of A Dental Emergency?

Please call the practice immediately so that we can arrange an appointment quickly. If it is outside normal practice hours ring 000 or call a hospital. You may leave a message on our answering machine for a call back inside office hours but this is not suitable in an urgent situation.


Fractured Tooth/Crown/Filling/Jaw/Denture

Fractured teeth – can usually be restored so there is no need to panic. If the tooth is painful, avoid hot or cold and avoid eating or biting on that side i.e. relieve the tooth from extremes of temperature and pressure. Pain-free treatments are available by contacting us quickly for an appointment.

Lost crown

Lost crown – Keep your crown safe so it can be re-cemented as soon as possible to avoid damage or the need for root canal treatment. Contact us immediately.

What if I have knocked a tooth out?

  • The tooth needs to be re-implanted into its socket immediately.
  • Try not to handle the tooth root to protect the fibres around the root surface.
  • If possible, place the tooth back into the socket and splint in place with silver paper.
  • DO NOT place the tooth in water.
  • DO place the tooth in cold milk (recommended for all ages) or on one side of your mouth between your teeth and cheeks (recommended for teens and adults).
  • Contact us immediately

Dental Abscess/Swelling

A dental abscess is an infection of the mouth, face, jaw, or throat that begins as a tooth infection or cavity. The cause of these dental abscesses is direct growth of the bacteria from an existing cavity into the soft tissues and bones of the face and neck. If you think you have an abscess, call our dentist. Our dentist can determine in a physical exam if you have a drainable abscess. X-rays of the teeth may be necessary to show small abscesses that are at the deepest part of the tooth.

Severe Tooth Ache

A toothache is a pain in or around a tooth that may be caused by:

  • Tooth Ache
  • Abscessed tooth
  • Tooth fracture
  • A damaged filling
  • Infected gums

Symptoms of a toothache may include:

  • Tooth pain that may be sharp, throbbing, or constant. In some people, pain results only when pressure is applied to the tooth.
  • Swelling around the tooth
  • Fever or headache
  • Foul-tasting drainage from the infected tooth

Please call our surgery for immediate advise and an appointment.

Avulsed Tooth

An avulsed permanent tooth is one of the few real emergency situations in dentistry, a permanent tooth that has been dislodged can be replanted in it’s socket if the urgent emergency treatment has been sort in good time. Please call the surgery immediately for the correct advise or go to your nearest hospital if it is outside our opening hours.