When you are faced with a dental emergency, it can be difficult to know who to turn to for help.
Anyone who has had any problems with their teeth will know that it can involve a great deal of pain. This is one of the reasons why it is vital to seek treatment immediately.
Do you have any other injuries?
Sometimes, a dental emergency is caused by an injury.
You may have knocked out a tooth while playing a sport or fallen and cracked one of your teeth. Did you lose consciousness? Could you have broken a bone?
If your dental emergency has come about as a result of an accident, it is important to seek professional help as soon as possible. You need to ensure that you do not have any other, more serious injuries.
Depending on how severe your injuries are, you may need to see your GP or even go to your local Accident and Emergency Department. GPs do not offer emergency or out of hours dental care but if you have been injured, it is important to seek help from a doctor.
The NHS 111 service is a non-emergency number that you can call to speak to a trained advisor about your problem. They should be able to advise you what steps you should take next, depending on the nature of your injury.
If someone is seriously injured or there is a life-threatening emergency, you should call 999.
My dental emergency is only minor…
If you only have a minor injury or dental problem, you could book an emergency appointment at your local dentist. Even if your dental emergency is out of hours, your dentist may have an answering machine service pointing you in the direction of a dentist who can help you.
If your local dentist is not able to give you an appointment, you can call 111 (an NHS service) and they should be able to locate a dentist that can help you.
The NHS also has a webpage where you can find that provide dental treatment.
Your local dentist should be able to talk to you about what work may be necessary to fix your teeth.
I have knocked out my tooth…
As we mentioned above, if you have been injured, you may need to see a doctor to ensure that you have no other injuries.
If you can see your tooth and it is safe to do so, you can take your tooth with you to the dentist. that you gently remove any dirt from your tooth and then store it in some milk for the journey to the dentist.
I have no injury but I am in lots of pain
Many of us will experience a dental emergency at some point in our lives.
Sometimes, the only symptom we will have is a great deal of pain.
This pain could be caused by a variety of different issues, such as exposed nerves or even an abscess.
If you are experiencing acute pain, it is important to seek help as soon as possible.
If you ignore it, you could cause more problems further down the line.
Call your local dentist to book an emergency appointment.
Dental emergency: the cost
An emergency dental treatment with the NHS costs £20.60 (at the time of writing).
Take a look at to see an up-to-date list of NHS dental charges.
If you go to a private dentist, you could end up paying much more.
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Some people are entitled to free NHS dental care. For example, if you are pregnant or have had a baby in the past 12 months.
Those who are receiving universal credit (or whose partner’s receive it) may, in some circumstances, be entitled to free dental care.
Receiving income-related Employment and Support allowance could also mean that you are able to get free dental care.
For a full list of , take a look at the NHS website.
Those on a low income may also be able to get help with NHS costs, such as dental costs, through the .