Dental emergencies often happen at the most unexpected times, and can be very troublesome and painful. We are open long hours during the week, and most Saturday mornings, and allow spaces for emergency appointments every day. You can expect to be seen for a dental emergency on the same day or next working day. You can also book an appointment out of hours, using our new online booking system.
For our non-registered patients, we offer emergency appointments for £40.
This includes a full assessment of the problem, If X-rays are required to help diagnose the issue– these are charged separately at a fee of £12 each.
A dental emergency can take many forms:
- Severe toothache
- Broken front tooth affecting your smile
- Broken tooth or lost filling causing sensitivity or a sharp edge
- Swelling and pain
- Broken denture
- Dislodged crown or bridge
- Loose tooth causing pain
- Pain from wisdom tooth
- Severe jaw joint pain and limited mouth opening
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You will then be suggested the most suitable treatment to help you get relief or get you out of trouble in that appointment. We will give you a quote for any treatment options beforehand, as any treatment required is payable. We like to be fully transparent regarding our costs.
In a lot of cases a permanent fix is possible in the appointment. Where a permanent solution is not suitable in that appointment, we will offer a temporary solution, and will advise on the possible options for a more permanent fix.
Our experienced team see many emergency patients from Leighton Buzzard, Dunstable, the surrounding villages and Milton Keynes. We find that many of these patients go on to join our practice, and become regular patients.
We will aim to get you an appointment as soon as possible, however below is a self help list, which may help you until you are able to come in and see us.
Self Help FAQ
I have toothache?
We recommend contacting the practice to arrange to see a dentist as soon as possible. In terms of pain relief in the meantime ibuprofen and paracetamol can be taken alternately – do not exceed the maximum doses and do not take if your GP has advised against this due to medical conditions or if they have any contraindications to medications you may already be taking.
I have broken a tooth or a filling and it has a sharp edge?
We recommend contacting the practice to arrange to see a dentist. A broken tooth can leave a very sharp point, which can traumatise the lip or tongue. You can use an emery board to rub against the sharp edge and this should smooth it over and make bearable until you can come in to the practice. You can also get temporary filling kits from most of the larger chemists, which are easy to mix and apply, in case the tooth is particularly sensitive. These temporary filling materials are easy for us to remove, and may provide relief until you can get in to see us.
I have swelling?
We recommend contacting the practice to arrange to see a dentist as soon as possible. If the swelling is causing you difficulty in breathing then go straight to A&E.
A swelling is a sign of infection. Warm salt water mouth bathes are a fantastic way to encourage the infection to come to the surface and drain. Fill half a cup with hot water (as warm as you can take without burning yourself) and add in a teaspoon of salt. Take a sip of the water and hold it inside your mouth in the swollen area for a minute before spitting out. You can repeat this every half an hour.
My crown has come out?
Keep the crown in a safe place and contact the practice to arrange to see a dentist to see if it can be re-cemented. Chewing gum or tooth paste works as a good temporary cement until you can get to the practice. Keep the tooth underneath as clean as possible.
My denture has broken?
Contact the practice and we will arrange to see you. Usually dentures can be repaired quite easily, and may involve the assistance of a good dental technician. We do not recommend attempting to glue dentures back together yourself as this makes a repair very difficult.