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What will a dentist do in an emergency?

Our Principal Dentist at Chelwood Dental Care, Dr Debbie Bennett, talks you through dental emergencies. If you are not a registered practice patient, we can still help you. Please call us to discuss your problem.


Dental Emergencies explained


You might need to see a dentist in an emergency for several reasons. These include toothache, swelling, broken teeth, trauma to front teeth or lost fillings & crowns.


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What will happen at your emergency appointment will depend on why you need to come in. The most common reason for an emergency dental appointment is a toothache. Toothache can be caused by many factors, ranging from decay to gum disease and everything in between. At an emergency appointment, we will always aim to identify the cause of the pain by close examination, tests and x-rays. We will then provide treatment to relieve this and get you comfortable again. This may be a long-term fix such as an extraction or a temporary treatment like a dressing that needs to be replaced with something more permanent.


All treatment options and costs will be discussed with you at this appointment. The wide variety of dental emergencies means we need to book you in to assess your treatment needs, and you may need to return for further treatment.


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If you have a toothache that doesn’t settle with painkillers or keeps you awake at night, swelling around a tooth or on the outside of your face, or you have injured a front tooth, contact reception on 01132668459, and our friendly team will help you promptly. Outside of practice opening hours, contact NHS 111, who will be able to direct you to the nearest out-of-hours dental service.

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