Dental Emergencies

Urgent and Emergency Care Guidance

If you need urgent advice or treatment outside our opening hours, please follow the guide below.


For patients who are under 18 years of age, please telephone NHS Direct on 111


For adult patients who have attended this practice within the last two years for examination or treatment, the South Notts Emergency Dental Rota operates between 6pm and 8pm on weekdays and between 9am and 6pm at weekends and on Bank Holidays. There is a call out charge of £90 for this service and treatment is chargeable. Patients who are members of our Dental Care Plan can reclaim this charge less a £25 excess. If you require this service, please telephone 01845 469299.

If at night, you have a severe problem such as uncontrollable bleeding or swelling affecting your breathing, please report to your nearest Accident and Emergency Department.

Self-Help Guide for Out of Hours Problems

We have created a list of questions and answers, which may help and give you reassurance. However, we would advise you to contact the practice as soon as possible for further advice.

Q. I am having pain from a wisdom tooth, what can I do?

A. Clean the area gently with your toothbrush. Use an antiseptic mouthwash to rinse around the area, tilting your head over towards the affected side. Rinsing with a warm salt-water solution particularly after eating, may also help to alleviate the problem.tooth ache

Q. My gums are sore and bleed when I brush, what can I do?

A. Brush gently 3-4 times a day. Use an antiseptic or warm salt-water mouthwash to rinse. Do not avoid brushing, as this will aggravate the problem.

Q. I have recently had a tooth extracted and it is still bleeding, what can I do?

A. 1 - Wrap some cotton wool in either clean linen, gauze or kitchen towel to make a firm pad 2 - Place the pad across the socket from the tongue/palate to the cheek 3 - Bite firmly to compress the pad onto the bleeding socket for at least 15 minutes. If the bleeding continues for more than an hour, contact the emergency on-call dentist.

Q. I have fallen over and knocked my front tooth out, what can I do?

A. Follow this advice immediately. Make sure it is a permanent tooth as baby teeth should not be replanted:

Pick the tooth up by the crown (the white part) avoiding touching the root

If dirty, wash the tooth under cold running water for 10 seconds.

Carefully reposition the tooth in the socket ensuring it is the correct way round.

Bite carefully on a clean handkerchief to hold the tooth in place.

If it is not possible to replant the tooth, place it in a container of milk. Alternatively place the tooth in the mouth between the back molar teeth and the cheek. Take care not to swallow or inhale the tooth. Avoid placing the tooth in water.

Seek emergency treatment immediately