What to do in a dental emergency

What to do in a dental emergency

What should you do in case of a dental emergency?

In the event of an emergency, immediately call Occudental and schedule an appointment. Describe your emergency in detail so you can get instant advice before your scheduled appointment.

What are dental injuries?

Injuries are generally painful and need immediate treatment by a dentist.

Dental injuries include teeth that may be forced out of its position (extruded), broken (fractured) or knocked out. 

In the case of swelling, what should you do?

Usually, a swelling occurs because of an infection.

There might be a slight infection in your teeth or gum tissue, or there might even be large amount of abscess that has to be drained. An infected swelling would usually feel quite tender and warm to the touch. You have to call immediately so you could be accurately diagnosed. After checking your teeth thoroughly, an appropriate treatment would be prescribed, as well as antibiotics. If you have a swelling which is making swallowing or breathing difficult or is expanding quickly you should go to your local hospital accident and emergency department immediately.

What should you do if you crown falls off?

You have to keep your crown secure so you can have it re-cemented as soon as you can to prevent further damage.

Sometimes, a root canal treatment is recommended. Call occudental emergency dental practice immediately in case this happens.

Knocked out teeth

Once a tooth has been knocked out, you should recover it and remove any dirt or debris by washing it.

You should not handle the root so you could protect the fibers in the root surface. But you can try to put the clean tooth back in its socket since it is possible to re-implant the tooth within 30 minutes of injury. Or you could alternatively store the tooth inside a glass of cold milk. Immediately schedule an appointment by calling the dental emergency hotline.

Extruding teeth

Do not force it into its socket.

If the tooth is pushed inward or outward and is out of place, you should apply a light finger pressure to re-position it to its normal alignment. Use a moist tissue or gauze to hold the tooth in its place. Immediately see a dentist.

Suffering from toothache?

Immediately contact a dentist in case you are suffering from a toothache.

Take some recommended painkillers like Paracetamol or Ibuprofen. You should make sure that you read the label first and avoid going over the maximum dose

Fractured teeth

The treatment of a fractured tooth depends on the degree of its injury.

But whatever the degree of damage might be, you should see a dentist to get the appropriate treatment. Do not panic because it is easy to restore a fractured tooth. But if it feels painful, try to avoid biting in that area or eating hot or cold foods for the mean time.

Minor fracture

For a minor fracture, a dentist can smooth it out and minimize the injury or do a composite restoration to it.

Take extra care of your tooth for several days after treatment.

Moderate fracture

You may have a moderate fracture if there is damage to your enamel, dentin or pulp.

A permanent crown may be used if there is no permanent damage to the pulp. But if there were damage to it, then you would need further treatment.

Severe Fracture

Usually, a severe fracture would mean that the tooth is traumatized and there is little chance of recovery.

Dental injuries include puncture wounds, tears and lacerations to the tongue, cheek or lips. In the event of an injury, have the wound cleaned, sutured and repaired. If there is bleeding due to a tongue laceration, then try to pull the tongue forward and use gauze to put some pressure on it.

Broken denture

Usually, a broken denture is relatively easy to repair.

But never attempt to repair it on your own since this could result to further damage. Immediately schedule an appointment for repair.

Emergency dental specialists

The dental clinic has emergency dentists specialising in oral surgery, endodontics, orthodontics, cosmetic dentistry and implantology.

Our dentists are empathetic in the treatment of nervous patients and can provide sedation during normal surgery hours. All the dentists are experienced in the emergency dental treatment and care of children.

Can I get emergency dentistry on the NHS?

We DO NOT provide emergency dental treatment under the NHS all our emergency dentists offer only private dental treatment on a fee per item basis.

If you are looking for treatment under an NHS emergency dentist please contact NHS direct by calling 111, and they may be able to help you find an emergency dentist.

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Emergency numbers

During opening hours

call: 0114 2780110

If you are in need of emergency dentistry in Sheffield, during opening hours you can call us directly.



Out of hours

email: reception.occudental@portmanhealthcare.co.uk

If you are in need of a Sheffield emergency dentist and the practice is closed, you can call our emergency line, or email us with your name, d.o.b. and the details of your dental emergency.

If your emergency can't wait until we are open, call the NHS emergency number 111


Out of the area Denplan Members

Call: 0800 844 999

If you are a Denplan member, signed up for world wide emergency cover and are more than 40 miles away from Sheffield and in need of an emergency dentist, you can call Denplan and they will find the nearest Denplan dentist to you.

Emergency Prices

An approximate guide to emergency treatment costs:

Emergency Appointment

(Existing customer)


Emergency Appointment

(New patient)


Temporary Filling



Crown / veneer / bridge


Drainage of abcess




Temporary Crown

£55 - £75





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Last Updated: 22/09/19