This Service provides the following services:-
- General dental treatment to patients already allocated to us.
- Emergency dental treatment for patients without a dentist. We can provide one appointment to help relieve pain or treat other urgent dental conditions.
- We have a specialist practitioner in oral surgery and a dentist treating patients solely for prosthodontics (dentures), that we can refer patients to, within the Service.
- Weekend and Bank Holiday Emergency Treatment - At weekends and bank holidays there is an emergency service, which can be contacted by telephoning (07624) 480365 between 09:00hrs - 11:00hrs.
Please go to the bottom of this page where you can download the Emergency Dental Treatment leaflet, this includes location maps, contact details, opening hours and information regarding emergency treatments.
Who can use this service?
If you aren’t already allocated to us we can only offer you emergency appointments, on the day that you phone, to provide treatment for toothache or other dental emergencies. Our appointments fill very quickly and you should phone as early as possible in the morning (after 08:30hrs) in order to obtain an appointment. We prioritise patients who are either in pain or have a swollen face, therefore if your problem is a minor one we may not be able to offer you an appointment on the day that you phone.
How can I access this service?
Please see the attached leaflet that gives details of the location of our clinics, their contact details and what you will be required to bring with you.
Self help advice
The following is a brief guidance on what you an do to help yourself until you can obtain some professional advice:-
- If you are able to, take ibuprofen or paracetamol to relieve the pain, making sure you do not exceed the stated daily amount on the packet. If not, then use pain killers that have previously provided pain relief for you, without any adverse effects. Please make sure you check the information sheet, found in the packet of the painkillers, for advice on precautions in some medical conditions
- Avoid stimuli that make the pain worse, such as hot foods or cold air
- Holding cool water around the tooth can sometimes help relieve dental pain.
This depends on the nature of the injury.
- Where a tooth has fractured and the inside of the tooth is exposed, causing pain especially with hot and cold, you must seek an appointment as soon as possible to prevent infection
- Where an adult tooth has been knocked completely out – hold the tooth only by the crown (the part you can normally see in your mouth) and place it in a glass of milk. You must see a dentist as soon as possible, ideally within 30 minutes, to have the tooth replaced, if you have not managed to replace it yourself
- Where a baby tooth has been knocked out completely – DO NOT replace the tooth but make an appointment with a dentist as soon as possible in case there is trauma to a permanent tooth as well.
Post extraction bleeding
- Blood stained saliva is normal after an extraction
- Make a small pad with a clean cotton handkerchief and dampen it slightly with water
- Rinse the mouth once only with warm (not hot) water to get rid of the blood
- Place the damp pad over the socket area and bite firmly. If there are no opposing teeth, then press firmly onto the pad. Maintain this for 20 minutes while sitting quietly upright
- After the bleeding has stopped, remain rested and as upright as possible
- Do not drink alcohol
- Do not disturb the blood clot in the socket
- Contact a dentist as soon as possible if this fails to stop the bleeding.