Need an Emergency Dentist In the UK? – What You Need to Know

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Tooth pain can be overwhelming

When an urgent dental issue arises, time is always of the essence, with emergency dentist services needed to take the panic out of the situation. It’s often not that easy to find a dentist at short notice wherever you might be, which can leave you feeling like you don’t know which way to turn.

At Nutrident, we are committed to helping as many people as we can to enjoy dental health, as you can see for yourself by following this link and here we provide some clarity by looking at exactly how to get the help you get emergency treatment and how to cope with dental pain when there’s an unavoidable wait.

So, if you’re ready, we’ll begin and by reading to the end, you’ll better understand how things work in Britain when you have cracked teeth, broken crowns and other painful tooth issues.

Why Might You Need an Emergency Dentist

There are a variety of reasons you might need the services of an emergency dentist and they typically fall into two distinct groups. Group number one covers those with obvious teeth damage caused by a fall or impact and group number two relates to underlying issues like tooth decay and abscesses.

The various issues that you should absolutely consider emergency dental services for include a wide range of issues. Experience any of the following and you should waste no time in seeking urgent help.

  • Broken teeth because of an accident
  • A crown or filling has been lost
  • Swelling, severe pain or bleeding
  • An abscess or a serious infection
  • Any severe pain emanating from your teeth or gums
  • When pain exists after an impact with no visible damage
  • A lost or misaligned tooth*
  • Wounds to mouth’s soft tissue (even if your teeth are fine)

(*Should you lose a tooth and it's possible to re-insert it yourself, you should. If not, place it in a glass of milk until your treatment as it can improve your chances of it being successfully put back by the dentist).

So, You Need Emergency Dental Care – What Next?

Ok, so you’re pretty sure that you need to see an emergency dentist, you’re in the UK and you’re wondering what step to take next. There are several things you can do.

Call Your Local Dentist

If you’re lucky enough to be registered with a local NHS dentist, then getting an emergency appointment can be pretty straightforward, however, even that has been made a little more complicated because of Covid-19*. When an emergency dental situation arises, you can call them during working hours to see if they have space to fit you in. Most will try to accommodate you, but if it’s super-urgent, i.e. you need help that day – that’s not guaranteed.


Call NHS 111

If you’re not registered with an NHS dentist or you’re unable to get an appointment soon enough, the next step you can take is to call the NHS’s 111 services. The advisor you’ll speak to will tell you about your best and quickest route to the help you need, which often involves telling you which other dental providers are closest to you and the hours they’re open.

The good news is that if you find an NHS dentist that can help, the consultation won’t cost any more than £23.80 – although the required work may cost more*.


Accident & Emergency (A&E)

If it’s the middle of the night and you suddenly require an emergency dentist, your best route will probably be to visit the local A&E, which is usually an annexe off of the main hospital. The chances are that if you’re not in massive pain and you’re not bleeding, you’ll be required to wait until your local UK dental practice is open at 9 am.

Another option for out-of-hours emergency dental treatment is to call your normal dentist, as they’ll typically have a recorded message telling you how to get assistance. If that doesn’t work, it’s another occasion when you should call 111.

How to Cope With Dental Pain

Whether you take the quickest route to emergency dental treatment or not, there’s going to be some kind of wait for the help you need – be it a few hours or a couple of days. This means that a certain amount of dental pain might be unavoidable, but the good news is that you can do one or two things to help ease things for yourself.

One of the most popular options is paracetamol and ibuprofen to help control the pain, but no matter how much you want to, it’s important not to exceed the recommended dosage each day. That’s because it’s possible to cause yourself more serious issues like liver failure – something that’s surprisingly common for people waiting for emergency dental care.

Other over-the-counter solutions for people waiting for an emergency dentist are things like Bonjela and various brands of clove oil that both provide a topical anaesthetic effect.

Get the Help You Need When You Need It

The fact is that should the worst happen and you lose a crown or otherwise need urgent dental help, it’s important to remember not to panic. There is help there – you just need to know how to get to it. The UK is lucky enough to enjoy free or highly subsidised dental care on the NHS, so it’s more accessible than you might think.

If all else fails, call 111 and they’re available 24/7, so at the very least, you’ll get some help with direction and you’ll know where to find an emergency dentist. In the meantime, try to take the urgency out of the situation with painkillers (whilst sticking to recommended dosages) and topical anaesthetic products. It might not be enjoyable short term, but at least you know that help is on the way.

We hope that by reading this far, you’ve got what you came for and you’ll know exactly what to do when unexpected dental issues strike.


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Understanding NHS dental charges- Retrieved from:

See also our post on the best temporary filling kits in the UK

Frequently Asked Questions About Emergency Dentist Care

Q: What’s classified as out of hours with dental care?

A: Usually it’s on the weekends and outside of 6 pm to 9 am Monday to Friday.

Q: What Covid-19 measures do dentists take?

A: All UK dentists are required to wear full PPE during appointments.

Q: Are tooth extractions covered by the NHS?

A: Yes, if it’s the correct treatment, extractions are covered by standard NHS charges.

Q: Do I have to wear a mask myself when visiting a dentist?

A: Yes, you have to by law. However, you will obviously take it off once in the chair.


Author Bio

Gavin Nutrident Writer

Gavin is a writer who specialises in creating informative articles on diet and oral health to help people achieve better all-round health.