What to do in a dental emergency

What to do in a dental emergency

No matter how good you are at maintaining your oral hygiene routine and attending for your regular dental appointments, at some point you may experience a dental emergency. Dental emergencies can range from a toothache or swelling, a broken tooth, a lost filling or damage to your teeth or gums following a knock or fall.

  • Toothache or swelling

This is often caused when infection enters the tooth or gum. It may be necessary for the dentist to open the tooth or gum to drain the infection. It may then be necessary to have root canal treatment to ensure that the tooth is properly sealed to prevent the infection reoccurring.

  • Chipped or cracked tooth or a lost filling

This can be caused by biting down on something hard such as nuts or chewing on too many sticky toffees and sweets. The dentist may be able to repair the tooth with a new filling, a crown or in the worst case the tooth may need to be extracted. If the tooth needs to be extracted the dentist will be able to advise on the best course of treatment. This may be a bridge, a denture or a dental implant.

  • Lost or broken tooth

This can be caused by direct force, a trip or fall. In some cases, it may be possible for the lost tooth to be replaced. If this is not possible the dentist will be able to explain the possible options of either a bridge, a denture or a dental implant. If the tooth has been broken it may be able to be repaired with a filling or a crown

Should you have a problem in the run up to the festive period please call the surgery on 01622 752340 before 10am so that we can endeavour to help you as quickly as possible and ensure that you are able to eat your Christmas dinner in comfort. We have a number of dental emergency appointments available each day, but these are filled on a first come first served basis.

College Dental Surgeries will be closed for the festive period on……. Should you have a dental emergency whilst the surgery is closed please ring 01622 752340 and the answerphone message will provide you with details on how to access emergency treatment.

For Denplan patients who are away from home, please contact the Denplan Emergency line on 0800 844999 if within the UK or +44(0)1962 844999 if abroad. Denplan will then be able to help you find a suitable dentist within the local area to help provide you with emergency treatment.

All the team at College Dental Surgeries would like to take this opportunity to wish our patients a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We look forward to seeing you all in 2020.