Dental Emergencies

If You Need to Contact Us Urgently

If you are in severe pain or require an emergency dental appointment, we will offer you immediate advice and get you seen by a dentist as soon as possible. We aim to see all emergencies within 24 hours during normal clinic opening hours. If you have a dental emergency, please call on 01480 573939 early in the day so that we can get you booked in.

Facial Swelling

It is important that if you develop a facial swelling you are seen on the same day by a dentist. If a facial swelling is left untreated the infection can spread through the tissues in your face and enter the blood stream. We advise you to place a cold (NOT hot) compress on the swelling and call us immediately.

If you are having any trouble breathing or swallowing due to swelling travelling down to your throat we advise you to go straight to A&E. Addenbrookes and Peterborough hospitals have maxillofacial departments who are best placed to help you.

Broken Tooth

Broken teeth can range from a small chip in the enamel to a catastrophic vertical fracture of your tooth requiring immediate extraction. We will happily see you to assess your broken tooth. In some circumstances we will be able to repair this with a white filling material at your emergency visit. If further treatment is required, we will place a temporary filling and discuss your options for restoration of your tooth. If the worst should happen and the tooth is not restorable, we can usually offer to remove the tooth at your emergency appointment.


If you suffer trauma to your teeth or face it is important you are seen as soon as possible by a dentist. If a tooth is lost completely, the sooner we see you the better the chance we have of reinserting the tooth for you successfully.

If a tooth is lost and you still have it please avoid touching the root of the tooth, this is the part you don’t normally see. Either keep the tooth in milk or it can be placed inside your cheek. Tap water is not advisable.

If you have or suspect you may have suffered a head injury this takes priority and so we advise you go to A&E.

Wisdom Tooth Pain

Wisdom teeth can cause pain for multiple reasons. When they are growing through, or erupting as we call it, they can cause pain in the same way that toddlers suffer with teething. This can often be managed with regular pain relief. There are likely to be short episodes of pain each time the tooth grows through a little more.

Wisdom teeth can become impacted or wedged against the tooth in front. This can cause difficulty cleaning the area effectively and can lead to tooth decay, which can ultimately lead to infection and toothache.

As the wisdom tooth grows you will notice a flap of gum over part of the tooth. It is important to maintain an excellent level of oral hygiene in this area to prevent infection of this flap of gum. If infection does occur it is important to pay extra attention to the cleaning of this area, despite the discomfort it can cause. With the additional use of Corsodyl mouthwash this can often be managed at home and the discomfort should reduce within a few days. If however the pain is spreading through your face or neck and is not improving, you may need antibiotics.

Bleeding Gums

Bleeding gums are a sign of gum disease. Gum disease is caused by plaque, which is essentially the name given to all the debris and bacteria that gathers on and around our teeth during a normal day.

If your gums are bleeding then it is important that you see a dentist to identify the potential severity and if an infection is present. 

We may recommend a visit to our hygienist who will help you find the best way to develop good oral hygiene habits to control gum disease.

Sensitive Teeth

Many people suffer from sensitive teeth but if you suddenly develop a sensitive tooth it may be a sign of tooth decay. We recommend you have this checked by a dentist as soon as you can. If caught early, then tooth decay can be treated with a simple filling.

If the sensitivity has another cause, we will identify this and discuss with you ways to prevent further sensitivity and manage your symptoms.

Dry Socket

A dry socket is a complication following tooth extraction. Usually when a tooth is extracted a blood clot forms in the socket and protects the socket from debris and infection, just as a scab protects a cut on the skin. Sometimes this blood clot can be displaced or dissolved, and this means not only is the socket open to infection, but it takes longer to heal, in the same way a wound would if the scab was lost.

We expect the site of a tooth extraction to be uncomfortable for 1-2 weeks, but with day by day improvement. This discomfort is limited to the area where the tooth was extracted. When a dry socket occurs there is intensifying pain, often from the third to fifth day after extraction. You might feel this over the whole side of your face rather than being limited to the extraction site. When this occurs it is important to return to us to have a medicated dressing placed in the socket.

As yet, research has not identified the exact reason for dry sockets. However, we do know certain scenarios increase the risk. It is therefore very important to follow the instructions we give you on caring for your mouth after extraction, particularly with regard to not smoking.

To get more information about our range of treatments or to make an appointment please call us on 01480 573939. Our opening Hours are Monday- Friday: 9am-5pm, Saturdays: 9am-1pm. Early morning and late evening appointments are available on request.

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