What counts as a dental emergency?

Straight A&E

  • Facial swelling affecting vision or breathing, preventing mouth opening
  • Trauma causing loss of consciousness, double vision or vomiting.

Non- Urgent (may need to wait)

  • 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 wires

Urgent dental treatment

  • Facial swelling extending to eye or neck.
  • Bleeding following an extraction that does not stop after 20 mins solid pressure with a gauze/clean hankie. A small amount of oozing is normal, just like if you graze your knee.
  • Bleeding due to trauma
  • Tooth broken and causing pain, or tooth fallen out
  • Significant toothache preventing sleep, eating, associated with significant swelling, or fever that cannot be managed with painkillers.