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.