What counts as a dental emergency?

Urgent Dental Treatments

  • Facial swelling extending to eye or neck.
  • Bleeding following an extraction that does not stop after 20 minutes of solid pressure with a gauze/clean hankie. A small amount of oozing is normal, just like if you have grazed 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 a fever that cannot be managed by painkillers.

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.

Straight to A&E:

  • Facial swelling affecting vision or breathing, preventing mouth opening more than 2 fingers width.
  • Trauma causing loss of consciousness, double vision or vomiting.