When Should I Call?

Pain or Swelling?

If you have pain or swelling or there is puss around a tooth, this could be a sign of infection. Rinse your mouth in warm salty water and apply a cold compress on your cheek to relieve any discomfort.

Broken Tooth?

Do you have a broken tooth, or the tooth has been pushed by accident, or even knocked out completely? Try to put the tooth back in its place or in a glass of milk or water with a pinch of salt. Try to keep the bits of broken tooth if you can.

Broken Crown?

Broken crown? Issue with braces? Lost implant? You’ll want to be seen as soon as possible, so call the emergency number to book an appointment.

What Happens Next?

Once you book an appointment we'll give you an emergency consultation where the dentist will explain any treatment required to relieve the pain.



We take calls for emergencies every day between 8am and 10pm of the year (except Christmas day) and can offer you the first available appointment, normally on the same day.


Helpful tips for a dental emergency

Toothache - take painkillers regularly to help relieve the pain but please remember to follow the instructions on the packet.

Lost filling - insert a temporary shop-bought dental filling material into the cavity or use sugar-free chewing gum.

Lost crown - if the crown is still intact, you can use an over-the-counter dental cement or sugar-free gum to stick it in place, but please don’t use superglue. If your crown is broken, keep all the pieces and cover the cavity in the same way as a lost filling.

Chipped tooth - keep any small pieces and rinse your mouth with warm water. A cold compress will help reduce any swelling, and you can apply a piece of gauze to stop any bleeding.

Knocked out tooth - we will be much more likely to save the tooth if you see us quickly, so call us as soon as you can. Hold the tooth carefully by the crown (the part that would normally be visible in your mouth) and rinse gently with water, being careful not to scrub or remove any little bits of tissue. Try to put the tooth back in position, making sure it is the right way round. If this is not possible, then place it in some milk (or water containing a pinch of salt).

Lost baby tooth - this is not normally considered an emergency unless the gum is damaged or parts of the tooth are still embedded. Child-friendly painkillers can be given and while popsicles may help relieve pain and swelling. Never try to re-implant a baby tooth as it could damage the new adult tooth in the gum.

An abscess - rinse your mouth with warm, salty water and apply a cold compress to ease any swelling. If you experience intense pain and swelling, accompanied by flu-like symptoms, you should go to your nearest hospital.