Emergency Dentistat Dentalcare Westbury
What is a dental emergency at Westbury?
A dental emergency could be when you experience pain or trauma to your mouth, teeth or gums.
If you have any of the below, and you cannot get an appointment with us the same day, then please visit your local A & E department immediately.
- Uncontrollable post-extraction bleeding
- Rapidly increasing swelling around the throat or eye
- Trauma confined to the dental arches
If you have any of the below then please get in touch to book an emergency dental appointment.
- Severe facial and dental pain not controlled by over-the-counter medications
- Soft tissue and dental acute infections (such as an abscess)
If you think you have a dental emergency, or you’re not sure if you have a dental emergency, then contact our receptionist for advice.
Getting an emergency dental appointment in Westbury
A dental emergency can be extremely distressing and so we make it our policy that you will see an emergency dentist within 24 hours of calling us. Please do call the surgery as soon as you can.
Outside of our usual opening times, we suggest that you contact NHS medical support on 111 who can offer you further advice.
If you are not registered at Dentalcare Westbury, we will do our best to get you an urgent appointment, but we cannot guarantee that it will be on the same day. If you’re not registered, there will be a charge for a dental emergency appointment.
Advice for some common dental emergencies in Westbury
In a dental emergency, we recommend that you contact us as quickly as possible to arrange an emergency appointment. After doing that, here are some advice for some of the more common dental emergencies.
Toothache or pain
If you’re experiencing toothache or pain, take paracetamol or painkillers but do not exceed the dosage. A cold compress applied to your cheek can also help with the pain.
Save any pieces of a knocked-out or chipped tooth and keep them in milk until you get to the emergency dentist. If you have most of the tooth, rinse it clean in water but do not remove any tissue fragments. If you’re able to put the tooth back into your gum, you will have more chance of saving it, if not, then save it in milk until you get to your emergency dentist.
Lost fillings or crowns
Where possible, save any lost fillings or crowns and take them with you to the emergency dentist.
Frequently asked questions about dental emergencies
What should I do about my child’s knocked-out baby tooth?
Try to stop any bleeding by applying gentle pressure with a soft cloth. Save the baby tooth in milk but do not try to re-insert into your child’s gum. Give your child Calpol or painkiller but do not exceed the recommended dose.
I have a painful abscess what can I do?
Book an appointment to see your emergency dentist. Take painkillers and be sure to stick to the dosage on the packet. Rinse your mouth in salty water can also help to alleviate the pain.
What can I do if I have chipped my tooth?
Contact us as soon as possible for an emergency appointment and save any pieces of your chipped tooth to bring with you to the appointment. We will decide on the best course of treatment and this may involve filing your chipped tooth down or re-building your tooth with a special type of resin.