When to call an emergency dentist

When a dental emergency occurs, it’s vital that you see a dentist as soon as possible. Here at Harley Street Dental Clinic, we understand that dental emergencies can occur at any time, which is why we have a dedicated emergency line, and will try to see you on the same day whenever possible.

dental emergencyWhat constitutes a dental emergency?

There are numerous reasons that you may need to see a dentist urgently. These include:

  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Lost teeth through accident or injury
  • Broken teeth
  • Sudden, unbearable toothache
  • Dental abscess
  • Damage to orthodontic devices, bridges and other restorations
  • Excessive or unstoppable bleeding after oral surgery

Here is what your dentist may do if you come for an emergency appointment at our Harley Street clinic:

Chipped, cracked or broken teeth

You should see a dentist even for minor chips or cracks, to prevent further problems arising. Your dentist will smooth down any rough edges of a damaged tooth and restore it using white fillings, composite bonding or crowns, depending on the amount and area of damage.

Lost teeth

If your teeth are knocked out in an accident or through injury, it may be possible for your dentist to re-implant them in the socket. Only pick your tooth up by the crown, never by the root. If you can’t re-implant it yourself, put it in a clean container covered in your own saliva or milk, and come to our Harley Street clinic as soon as possible.

Tooth ache and dental abscesses

Unbearable tooth ache or dental abscesses (painful swellings) require quick action from a dentist. We will drain any abscesses under local anaesthetic and will get you out of pain – you may require further appointments to fully correct a problem.

Broken orthodontic devices and restorations

If a brace, bridge or other restoration breaks, book an appointment at Harley Street Dental Clinic as soon as you can. We will restore or replace devices as necessary.