What do I do if I need emergency dental treatment? Will my local dentist be able to help?

Dental emergencies are more common than you might think. Incorporating everything from a chipped tooth and tooth ache
to a broken jaw and knocked out teeth, most of us will experience an emergency at some point in our lives.


Fortunately, with advances in modern dental technology, the vast majority of emergency dental issues can be rectified over time. For example a broken tooth can now be easily repaired or replaced.

If you are unlucky enough to experience a dental emergency, the first thing to do is stay calm. This is easier said than done particularly if you're in great pain but panicking doesn't help in any situation.

Your local dental practice will plan for a certain number of emergency patients each week, so you should be able to get treatment as soon as possible. Most dentists will also have an emergency 24 hour telephone number to help patients.

You can also call NHS Direct, who can help you to control any pain you're suffering as well as advising you of the nearest emergency dental surgery.

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