Toothache? Emergency Dental Care needed? Please call the practice on 01609 771888.

Please make it clear that the matter is urgent, so we offer you an appointment on a priority basis.

Emergency Dental CareDuring evenings & weekends, if you need Emergency Dental Care, follow our guidance for emergency arrangements. Call & listen to our answerphone instructions.

If you’re not a patient of ours, or don’t have a regular dentist, we will do out best to see you as soon as we can OR contact NHS 111 for advice on where to get urgent care.

Register on one of our Plans and benefit from the Supplementary Insurance. This covers the cost of emergency treatment, when you are away from home.

The ‘Away from home helpline’ is

  • (UK) 0800 525631
  • (Abroad) +44 1747 820841


Emergency Dental Care, Toothache or Trauma, refers to pain in and around the teeth and jaws.

You may feel toothache in many ways. It can come and go or be constant. Eating or drinking can make the pain worse, particularly if the food or drink is hot or cold.

The pain can also be mild or severe. It may feel “sharp” and start suddenly. It can be worse at night, particularly when you’re lying down. A lost filling or broken tooth can sometimes start the pain.

It can also sometimes be difficult to decide whether the pain is in your upper or lower teeth. When a lower molar tooth is affected, the pain often feels like it’s coming from the ear.

Toothache in other upper teeth may feel like it’s coming from the sinuses, the small, air-filled cavities behind your cheekbones and forehead.

The area of your jaw close to the infected tooth may also be sore and tender to touch.

It’s also possible for periodontal disease to give rise to a “dull” pain. Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection that affects the soft and hard structures that support the teeth.

When to see your dentist

If you need Emergency Dental Care or have toothache for more than one or two days, visit your dentist as soon as possible to have it treated. The longer you leave it, the worse it will get.

If toothache isn’t treated, the pulp inside your tooth will eventually become infected. This can usually lead to a dental abscess, with severe and continuous throbbing pain.

Painkillers, such as paracetamol and ibuprofen, may reduce the pain and discomfort while you’re waiting for an appointment. Do not give children under 16 years of age aspirin.

You can also try numbing the pain using an over-the-counter dental gel containing local anaesthetic, although this isn’t suitable for children under 12.

Broken or Knocked out Tooth

If you knock out a tooth, you should:

  • Find the tooth
  • Hold it by the crown (the white bit that sticks out of the gum)
  • Lick the tooth clean if it’s dirty, or rinse it in cold water
  • Put it back into position (adult teeth only); never try to re-insert a baby tooth (see below)
  • Bite on a clean handkerchief or tea-towel to hold the tooth in place
  • See a dentist as an emergency

If you can’t put the tooth back in position, put it in cold milk and see a dentist as soon as possible.

The sooner a knocked-out tooth is re-implanted, the more likely it is to embed itself back into the gum.

If your child knocks out a baby tooth, you shouldn’t try to re-implant it because you may damage the adult tooth growing underneath. Take your child to see a dentist immediately.

For teeth slightly chipped and NOT causing pain or trauma to the mouth, simply ring for a normal appointment for a repair. No great harm is caused to the tooth if it is not repaired straight away. If the break is large and cannot be repaired with a filling, other options are available, e.g. a Crown.