Dental Services

Emergency Dental

What to do in a Dental Emergency


Dental emergencies can include toothaches, dental trauma (knocked-out or fractured teeth), facial swelling, or lost fillings.

If you experience a dental emergency, it is important that you contact your local dentist as soon as possible to improve your chance of saving the affected tooth or teeth, and to prevent infections from spreading and becoming potentially serious.



Types of Dental Emergencies


If you are suffering from a toothache, take some painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen and seek care as soon as possible. Severe dental pain may be associated with a developing dental abscess which requires urgent assessment and appropriate treatment.

Lost Filling

A lost filling can leave sharp edges and lead to cuts on the tongue and cheeks if left untreated. If there is no pain, use a temporary filling material from the pharmacy or dental orthodontic wax to smooth the edge over until you can visit your local dentist. If you are experiencing pain, contact your local dentist immediately.

Soft Tissue Injuries

This includes cuts, tears, and punctures to the tongue, cheeks or lips. Try to clean the wound straight away and visit your local dentist or emergency department as soon as possible. If bleeding persists, place pressure on the wound using gauze.
Your dentist will be the best person to evaluate your emergency situation and provide the best possible treatment to make sure you are looked after.




Facial Swelling

If you are experiencing swelling around your jawline or cheeks, you should seek medical advice immediately.

Either contact your local dentist or visit the emergency department to get to the root of the swelling as soon as possible.

Facial swelling may be the result of an abscess (an infection inside the tooth or gums).

Some symptoms you might experience alongside facial swelling with an abscess include:

  • Tooth and facial pain
  • Pus
  • A bad taste or smell in your mouth
  • Fever
  • Difficulty opening your mouth or swallowing
  • Sensitivity to hot food and drinks

An untreated tooth abscess can be very dangerous if left untreated, and infection can even spread to other areas of the face and jaw.

Managing Dental Pain

Whilst waiting to see your dentist, some ways to manage your dental pain include:

  • Use a cold compress on the outside of the cheek near the affected area to control swelling
  • Take over the counter pain medication like ibuprofen or paracetamol to manage pain
  • Rinse mouth with warm salt water to clean the affected area