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Emergency dentist

Urgent dental care available in Oxford & Didcot, Oxfordshire

Here at The Smile Practice, we understand that dental emergencies rarely happen on the day before you have an appointment with us. If you should suddenly need an emergency dentist appointment at short notice, we won’t leave you waiting at the end of a queue.

We always endeavour to see dental emergencies on the same day so please call as early as possible should you require urgent dental care in Oxfordshire.

You can call us on 01235 602101.

However, if you are experiencing significant bleeding that won’t stop, severe pain that is not helped by painkillers, or significant facial trauma, visit your local A&E department right away. Out of office hours, you can also call NHS 111 for further medical advice.

When might I need an emergency dentist?

If you are unsure whether or not you require urgent dental care, it is important you take any visible damage to the teeth or severe pain into account.

You should seek an emergency dentist should you experience any of the following problems:

  • Lost a tooth
  • Have a crack or fracture in a tooth
  • A tooth has become loose
  • A tooth has been knocked out of alignment with other teeth (extruded)
  • Damaged your teeth or mouth in an accident
  • Pain in a tooth after an impact (whether there is any physical damage or not)
  • Wounded tissue of the lips, tongue, gums or cheeks (even if teeth are unaffected)
  • Serious infection or abscess in the mouth
  • Severe pain, swelling or bleeding following dental treatment such as a filling, implant or root canal
  • Lost a filling or crown

If you have any of the above and are in Oxfordshire, call The Smile Practice on 01235 602101 without delay. Our expert team will be able to advise you on what you should do next.

Chipped teeth or mild toothache are unlikely to warrant an urgent dental care but you should still make a regular appointment with your dentist for as soon as possible. Whilst a lost filling may not cause you any pain, you should still see an emergency dentist quickly as parts of the tooth risk breaking off.

What should I do if I have lost a tooth?

If you have lost an adult tooth, it is extremely important that you get to an emergency dentist as soon as possible. The sooner you receive treatment, the more likely it is your dentist will be able to re-implant and save the tooth.

In the meantime, try to gently place the tooth back in its socket. Do not force it in if it does not slot back in on its own.

If this is not possible, then you should keep the tooth in a glass of milk or saline solution until you can see your emergency dentist at our Oxford or Didcot practice. This is absolutely essential as your tooth is made up of living matter which can dry up if left out in the open, making it impossible for your dentist to re-implant it.

Never place a lost tooth in water, tissue paper or cloth. In the worst case scenario, if you have no milk or saline solution to hand, carefully store the tooth in your mouth between your tooth and gums until you can access urgent dental care.

Will I need an emergency tooth extraction?

Signs and symptoms that you may require an emergency extraction – and so should call an emergency dentist as soon as possible – include:

  • Darkening or discoloration in your teeth
  • Extreme tooth sensitivity
  • Pain in your gums
  • A bad taste in your mouth that won’t go away
  • Swelling so bad it is difficult to open your mouth
  • White fluid or pus in your mouth
  • Wriggling, loose or unstable teeth
  • Severe tooth pain

There are a number of things that could mean you may need an emergency tooth extraction including abscesses, severe tooth decay, and root fractures. If a tooth is at increasing risk of an infection, it is very likely it will need to be removed.

Call 01235 602101 to see an emergency dentist in Oxford or Didcot in Oxfordshire.

What can I do whilst waiting to see an emergency dentist?

While you are waiting to see the emergency dentist at our Oxford or Didcot based surgeries, there are steps you can take to ease the pain you may be in.

You can take over the counter painkillers to lessen any dental pain. Take paracetamol rather than ibuprofen or aspirin, as these thin your blood and can make bleeding worse.

You may also wish to rinse your mouth with salt and hot water in the meantime as this disinfects your mouth and can provide temporary relief from pain.

Simply dissolve one tablespoon of salt in a glass of pre-boiled water, allow it to cool a little, then rinse or gargle with it. This process helps to draw fluids out of your gums to reduce irritation.

Bear in mind these are not permanent treatments. If you require urgent dental care, call The Smile Practice in Oxford or Didcot in Oxfordshire on 01235 602101

What should I do if I have a dental emergency outside of practice hours?

In some cases, you may require a trip to the hospital for urgent dental care. If you are unsure what to do and The Smile Practice is closed, you should call the practice on 01235 602101 and you will be directed to our out of hour emergency dentist. Alternatively you can call the NHS helpline on 111 for medical advice.

You should go straight to your local A&E department if you have significant bleeding that won’t stop, severe pain that cannot be treated by painkillers, or serious trauma to the face, mouth or teeth.

However, if you are not in severe pain, you are not bleeding, or your teeth are not loose, then it is unlikely you will need to see an emergency dentist. If this is the case with you, please make an appointment with The Smile Practice at your earliest convenience.

Where can I find an emergency dentist near me?

If you live in the Oxfordshire area and require urgent dental care, call The Smile Practice today on 01235 602101.

If you are experiencing significant bleeding that won’t stop, severe pain that is not helped by painkillers, or significant facial trauma visit your local A&E department or call NHS 111.

I am dropping a note to say thanks for all the work you have done for me, I am aware that I am not the easiest of patients. Your patience and explanations whilst work is underway was very much appreciated. The bridge work is really outstanding, here’s hoping I need nothing more than routine checks for some time.
- Mr R G
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