Alternative dental help

Dental emergencies

What is a dental emergency?

  • Facial swelling that extends to the eye or neck area, closing the eye and / or affecting breathing or swallowing
  • Bleeding due to trauma
  • A broken tooth that is causing pain
  • Significant toothache that is preventing sleep, eating, causing swelling or fever that cannot be managed with pain killers

Not a dental emergency

  • Loose or lost crowns, bridges or veneers
  • Broken, rubbing, or loose dentures
  • Bleeding gums
  • Broken, loose, or lost fillings
  • Chipped teeth with no pain
  • Loose orthodontic wire – unless it's causing soft tissue trauma

Coping with dental pain at home:

If you're experiencing facial swelling that is affecting vision or breathing, preventing your mouth from opening more than two fingers width, or trauma is causing loss of consciousness, double vision, or vomiting you need to go straight to A&E.

If over-the-counter pain medication is not helping please speak with your pharmacist.