Dental Emergencies

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Emergency Dental Appointments in London

If you have a severe dental emergency which requires immediate care them please visit your local accident and emergency at the nearest hospital to you which if you live in Euston is UCLH, you can visit their website here.

If your dental emergency is not life-threatening and can wait until you see a dentist then we would be happy to see you at The Dental Centre London. We routinely schedule places in the diary each day for walk in dental emergencies with our emergency dentist at our specialist dentist in London.

First Aid for Dental Emergencies


The first thing to do is to clean the area thoroughly and floss between the teeth to remove any trapped food. You can then wash your mouth thoroughly with warm salted water and call the emergency dentist as soon as possible to make an appointment.

Knocked out Teeth (Avulsed)

The first thing you need to do is to remain calm and deal with the situation. We recommend that you always handle the tooth by the crown, or the top part that is usually visible. The roots are rather delicate and so it is preferred that you do not touch these if at all possible. Another thing to bear in mind is that the roots can easily be damaged if you try to clean the tooth, so if the tooth has come out completely simply pick it up place it in a sterilised pack or carton of milk and then come to see the emergency dentist.

If you are absolutely sure about the way the tooth fits back into the socket then you can gently reinsert it, however it is possible to do more damage so it’s best not to reinsert tooth unless you are absolutely sure and confident to do so.

If this is outside of surgery hours then the best thing to do would be to go to your local accident and emergency hospital.

Teeth That Have Broken

Generally speaking this would not be considered a dental emergency unless the tooth itself is bleeding. This would indicate that the pulp chamber has become exposed, this certainly is a dental emergency. If a small amount of tooth has chipped off and there is no pain and no bleeding then it will normally be okay to wait until the next day for you come to see us. Typically we can repair the tooth and build it back up to its original shape using instant dental veneers or direct tooth bonding.

Severe Dental Trauma

This could include things like suspected broken jaw and multiple avulsed teeth. This would always be considered an extreme dental emergency and you should go to visit your local Hospital in Euston, London as soon as possible.

Emergency Dental Appointments

Whilst we do offer a drop-in emergency service it is always preferable if we have a specific appointment book for you. If you can cope with the situation for a while we would prefer that you call us on the number above to book an appointment. This way we can be sure that we have exactly the right amount of time to see you and get you out of pain.

Emergency Dentist in London FAQs

Is severe toothache a dental emergency?

All of us suffer from toothache at some point in our lives, but where toothache is particularly severe, sharp or uncontrollable with over-the-counter pain relief, there may be something more sinister going on. 

This sort of unbearable toothache may be indicative of an abscess or another serious oral health issue, so it’s imperative that you contact us as soon as your issue arises so that we can advise you on the next best steps. In some cases that may be to see one of our emergency dentists, or you may be advised to go straight to your local A&E department.

What can an emergency dentist in London do?

We understand that dental emergencies can crop up at any time, so it’s important that you’ve dealt with this circumstance in a timely and appropriate manner wherever possible. Our team of dentists can offer the necessary emergency treatments in cases where a normal routine appointment would be inappropriate. 

If you’re suffering from any of these common dental emergencies:

  • Broken tooth where the tooth is bleeding or painful
  • A lost tooth
  • Severe toothache
  • Infected gums
  • Excessive bleeding

We can be on hand to help. There are a range of emergency treatments we can offer, including prescribing pain relief and extracting teeth, or we may refer you to hospital if your dental emergency is too severe.

How can I relieve dental pain whilst I wait for my emergency appointment?

We will always do our best to see you in a timely manner, especially in cases where you’re in severe pain. However, in some cases we may not be able to get you in immediately, and there are some things you should do here to relieve your symptoms whilst you wait, including:

  • Taking regular painkillers
  • Rinsing your mouth with warm salty water
  • Using heat or ice on the area
  • Avoiding any exertion 

If you are suffering from a dental emergency, it’s important that you contact an emergency dentist or a pharmacist, before trying any at-home treatments. A specialist will be able to properly advise you on the best course of action to take.

How long should I wait before contacting an emergency dentist in London?

In most cases, a dental issue that is severe enough to warrant an unplanned trip to the dentist is unlikely to go away by itself. In fact, many dental emergencies will only get worse with time, so it’s advisable that you contact an emergency dentist in London as soon as you present with issues. This will allow your dentist to advise on the best course of action, or to get you seen immediately if the situation requires it.


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