Dental Emergency?

What Is A Dental Emergency?


If you’re concerned about whether a dental problem is an emergency, or you want to find out more about what counts as a dental emergency, then this blog post is for you.

Here at Saving Smiles, our top dentists are always on hand to help if an emergency strikes.

Is it an emergency?

It’s essentially when you need immediate care because of pain, bleeding, trauma and damage to the mouth, teeth or gums.

What are some common dental emergencies?

  • Pain: Whether in a tooth or more widely in the jaw, caused by either accident or concern like an abscess or infection. There may also be evidence of swelling, fever or even problems with swallowing.
  • Bleeding: This might be due to something like periodontitis (excessive bleeding and aching of the gums, or gum disease) or an injury to the soft tissues of the mouth.
  • Trauma: This covers things like cuts and bites on areas ranging from the lips to the tongue.
  • Damage: You might have a cracked or broken tooth or even a missing tooth. If you have a veneer or crown that’s damaged and causing pain or bleeding, this would also count.

Bear in mind that in severe cases of injury or infection, you may need to be referred to a medical expert (for example, if you break your jaw).

What do I do in a dental emergency?

Talk to our team in Saving Smiles as soon as possible. We offer emergency appointment availability within 24 hours of you contacting us and often the same day.

We will aim to get the problem under control as quickly as possible and ensure you’re comfortable, though for some treatments we may need to book follow-ups.

What treatments can you do?

X-rays, extractions, tooth repairs, general advice and even prescribing medicines if needed.

How do I book an emergency dental appointment?

Call us immediately on 01327 342 412 for Weedon, or 01933 312 992 for Rushden.