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Can I go to A&E for a dental emergency?

When it comes to dental emergencies, it can be difficult to know where to turn. You may be wondering if you can go to A&E for a dental emergency or if you should seek help from a dentist instead. In this blog post, we’ll explore the answer to this question and provide some tips on what to do in the event of a dental emergency.


What Is Considered A Dental Emergency? A dental emergency is any situation that requires immediate attention from a dentist. This could include severe toothache, a broken or chipped tooth, an abscess, or a knocked-out tooth. If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s important that you seek help as soon as possible.

Emergency and Out-of-hours Care at Chelwood Dental Care

If you have a dental emergency, telephone reception on 0113 266 8459, where possible, during opening hours. You will then be given an appointment in a time frame that is appropriate to your needs. If you require emergency care, you will be seen the same day. If you require urgent care, you will be given advice to help manage the symptoms and seen within 24 hours. If you have a dental emergency when the practice is not open, call NHS 111 (open 24/7) or go to their website

Do not attend accident and emergency because you find getting a dental appointment difficult.

When Should I Go To A&E For A Dental Emergency? In most cases, it’s best to go directly to your local dentist for treatment. However, there are a few circumstances when it may be necessary to go to A&E instead. These include: - If you have suffered trauma to the face or mouth; - If you have lost consciousness due to the injury; - If you have difficulty breathing due to swelling in the mouth or throat; and - If your jaw has been dislocated or fractured due to trauma. If any of these apply, then it is advisable that you go straight to your nearest Accident & Emergency department for treatment. What Will Happen At A&E? If you do decide to go to A&E for a dental emergency, then certain steps will take place during your visit: 1. You will be assessed by medical staff who will determine whether your condition is serious enough for hospital treatment; 2. You may receive pain relief and antibiotics if necessary; and 3. You may also receive advice on managing your condition until you can see a dentist. What Should I Do After Visiting A&E? Once your condition has been assessed at A&E, it is important that you follow up with your local dentist as soon as possible. Your dentist will be able to provide more detailed advice on how best to manage your condition and provide any necessary treatments, such as fillings or root canal work. You must also attend regular check-ups with your dentist so they can monitor the health of your teeth and gums and spot any potential problems before they become serious emergencies. Conclusion It is not always necessary – or even advisable –to go straight to A&E for a dental emergency. In most cases, it is better for patients suffering from dental emergencies such as toothache or broken teeth seek help from their local dentist instead. However, there are certain circumstances when going straight to Accident & Emergency may be necessary – such as if there has been trauma involving the face or mouth or if there is difficulty breathing due to swelling in the mouth or throat – so it’s important that patients are aware of these situations and act accordingly if they arise.

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