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Dental Emergencies

Your dentist will display their emergency contact number within the practice, on their website and with their telephone answering service.  As a DenPlan dentist, your dentist is required to provide reasonable access to out-of-hours emergency dental treatment.  Your Ongoing Care Plan  and Children’s Plan covers call out fees.  The Preventive Plan does not cover call out fees.


Please remember that treatment by another dentist is not covered by your Denplan contract, so always see your own DenPlan dentist in the first instance.


Emergency First Aid


If a permanent tooth is knocked out: 

Wash it carefully without touching the root surface and if possible push it back gently. Use some silver paper to splint it in place.   If you need force or its not possible, put the tooth in milk or saliva and go to a casualty or dentist as soon as possible.


If a baby tooth is knocked out: 

Put it in milk and see your dentist as soon as possible.  Don’t try to re-insert it as it might damage the forming permanent tooth under the baby tooth.


If you have a swollen face:

Swollen faces are caused by infections so see a dentist as soon as possible.  If the swelling extends under your jaw or is making breathing difficult get to a casualty department as quickly as you can.


If your have sore gums or erupting tooth discomfort

Warm salty mouth washes (not scalding hot) are great for providing temporary gum and erupting tooth discomfort but organise to see a dentist soon.



What should I do to cure a toothache?

If you are suffering from a painful toothache, something is wrong that requires attention. Contact us immediately to organize an appointment as quickly and conveniently as possible for you. Painkillers such as Ibuprofen or Paracetamol are recommended; do not exceed the maximum dose.


What should I do if I have fractured my tooth?

Fractured teeth can usually be restored so there is no need to panic. If the tooth is painful, avoid hot or cold and avoid eating or biting on that side i.e. relieve the tooth from extremes of temperature and pressure. Painkillers such as Ibuprofen or Paracetamol may help. Pain-free treatment is usually available by contacting us quickly.


What if I have lost a crown?

Keep your crown safe so it can be re-cemented as soon as possible to avoid damage or the need for root canal treatment. Contact us immediately.


What if I have broken my denture?

Broken dentures can usually be repaired relatively easily. Please resist the temptation to glue them together your self as this often makes a repair very difficult. Contact us to organise the repair.


Please don’t use commercial glues!

As tempting as it might seem, please don’t use commercial glues to re-cement loose crowns.  These glues contain volatile elements that may kill the nerve which then may result in a Root Canal Treatment.  Also a poorly placed crown may trap food that causes further decay in the root.