- Do you have a toothache or other Dental Emergency?
- Would you like to be seen by an Emergency Dentist as soon as possible today?
- Our services include an Emergency Dentist in Bromley and Croydon
Book an Appointment Online to see the Emergency Dentist with a same day appointment!
Out of hours service also available, please call us for details. Our emergency dentist can be reached by calling the practice to arrange for an appointment and we will endeavour to see you as soon as possible. If calling out of hours, please call the practice on 020 8776 1188 and follow the instructions on the automated messaging system where an option will be provided to contact the emergency dentist directly.
Any dental emergency can be potentially serious and should not be ignored. Ignoring a dental problem can increase the risk of permanent damage as well as the need for more extensive and expensive treatment later on. Please be aware that limited advice can be given over the phone or via email without obtaining a full medical history or having examined your problem physically, but we will endeavour to answer any queries to the best of our ability.
Consultation fees for emergency appointments out of normal working hours may vary, please call us for details.
Your Emergency Appointment:
- Upon contacting the practice you will be greeted by a friendly, accommodating and understanding member of our dental team who will arrange for you to be seen by the emergency dentist as soon as possible, preferably on the same day. If an out-of hours service is needed, you will be required to provide your full contact details.
- On arrival, we will ask you to fill in a quick medical history questionnaire if you are not registered with the practice, so that our emergency dentist is made fully aware of your medical and dental history before discussing and commencing any treatment. If you wish, you can download, print, and fill in this medical history questionnaire from our website and bring it with you to your appointment.
- Once the emergency dentist has assessed your dental problem and discussed any potential treatment, you will always be provided with a written treatment plan outlining the expected cost, risks and alternative treatment before any emergency treatment commences.
- Once we have carried out your Emergency Dental treatment, you have the option to come back to see us to complete the rest of your treatment, or go back to see your own dentist. If you decide to go back to your dentist, we can email any x-rays and notes of any treatment carried out directly to them upon request.
Common Dental Problems
|Tooth Ache||Lost Filling||Soft-tissue Injuries|
|Chipped or Broken Teeth||Lost Crown/Veneer||Wisdom Tooth Pain|
|Knocked out Tooth||Loose Brackets and Bands||Broken Dentures|
|Objects Caught Between Teeth||Broken Braces and Wires||Abscess|
First, thoroughly rinse your mouth with warm water. Use dental floss to remove any lodged food. If your mouth is swollen, apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth or cheek. Never put aspirin or any other painkiller against the gums near the aching tooth because it may burn the gum tissue. Take an over-the-counter pain reliever (for best advice always speak to a pharmacist) if needed. ◊ See a dentist as soon as possible
Chipped or Broken Teeth
Save any pieces. Rinse the mouth using warm water; rinse any broken pieces. If there’s bleeding, apply a piece of gauze to the area for about 10 minutes or until the bleeding stops. Apply a cold compress to the outside of the mouth, cheek, or lip near the broken/chipped tooth to keep any swelling down and relieve pain. ◊ See a dentist as soon as possible
Knocked out Tooth
Retrieve the tooth, hold it by the crown (the part that is usually exposed in the mouth), and rinse off the tooth root with water if it’s dirty. Do not scrub it or remove any attached tissue fragments. Put the tooth in a small container of milk. In all cases, see a dentist as soon as possible. Knocked out teeth with the highest chances of being saved are those seen by the dentist and returned to their socket within 1 hour of being knocked out.
Objects Caught Between Teeth
First, try using dental floss to very gently and carefully remove the object. If you can’t get the object out, see a dentist as soon as possible. Never use a pin or other sharp object to poke at the stuck object. These instruments can cut your gums or scratch your tooth surface.
As a temporary measure, stick a piece of sugarless gum into the cavity (sugar-filled gum will cause pain) or use an over-the-counter dental cement. ◊ See a dentist as soon as possible
If the crown/veneer falls off, make an appointment to see a dentist as soon as possible and bring the crown with you. If you can’t get to the dentist right away and the tooth is causing pain, use a cotton swab to apply a little clove oil to the sensitive area (clove oil can be purchased at your local pharmacy). If possible, slip the crown back over the tooth. Before doing so, coat the inner surface with an over-the-counter dental cement, toothpaste, or denture adhesive, to help hold the crown in place. Do not use super glue!
Broken Braces and Wires
If a wire breaks or sticks out of a bracket or band and is poking your cheek, tongue, or gum, make an appointment to see a dentist as soon as possible. Never cut the wire, as you could end up swallowing it or breathing it into your lungs.
Loose Brackets and Bands
If the problem is a loose band, save it and call our Dentist for an appointment to have it re-cemented or replaced, if possible. Please be aware that in most cases, you will still have to see your Orthodontist at the earliest opportunity.
Abscesses are infections that occur around the root of a tooth or in the space between the teeth and gums. They can feel like a pimple-like swelling on your gum that is usually painful, or can cause large swelling of the side of the mouth or face. Abscesses are a serious condition that can damage tissue and surrounding teeth, with the infection possibly spreading to other parts of the body if left untreated.
Because of the serious and potentially life threatening oral and general health problems that can result from an abscess, see a dentist as soon as possible.
In the meantime, to ease the pain and draw the pus toward the surface, try rinsing your mouth with a mild salt water solution (½ teaspoon of table salt in 8 ounces of water) several times a day.
Injuries to the soft tissues, which include the tongue, cheeks, gums, and lips, can result in bleeding. To control the bleeding, here’s what to do:
- Rinse your mouth with a mild salt-water solution.
- Use a moistened piece of sterile gauze to apply pressure to the bleeding site. Hold in place for 15 to 20 minutes.
- To both control bleeding and relieve pain, hold a cold compress to the outside of the mouth or cheek in the affected area for 5 to 10 minutes.
- If the bleeding doesn’t stop, see a dentist as possible or go to a hospital emergency room. Continue to apply pressure on the bleeding site with the gauze until you can be seen and treated.
Wisdom Tooth Pain
Pain and discomfort can be fairly common in people whose wisdom teeth are beginning to show. In many cases you would require immediate treatment from a dentist. If severely infected and painful wisdom teeth are left untreated, the problem can spread into areas of the cheeks, jaw, face, and other areas of the body.
If your mouth is swollen, apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth or cheek. Never put aspirin or any other painkiller against the gums near the aching tooth because it may burn the gum tissue. Take an over-the-counter pain reliever (for best advice always speak to a pharmacist) if needed. Because of the serious and potentially life threatening oral and general health problems that can result from a wisdom tooth infection, see a dentist as soon as possible.
Although we do not recommend self-repair, in cases where it is unavoidable, denture repair kits can be obtained from most pharmacies, to act as a temporary measure until you see a dentist as soon as possible.
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