Emergency Care

What should I do in an event of a dental emergency?

Please call Broadway as early as possible in the morning (phone lines open at 9am) so we can arrange an emergency appointment. We allocate emergency appointment slots each day and they are filled on a first come first serve basis.

Evenings, Weekends and Bank Holidays?

Please call the practice for information regarding out of hours emergencies and follow the message left on the answer machine.

Common Dental Emergencies

I have a tooth ache
If you have a constant pain, this indicates there is something wrong that requires attention. Painkillers are usually necessary a medication that you usually take for headaches will often relieve the symptoms of tooth ache. Contact the practice to arrange an emergency appointment as soon as possible.

I have knocked a tooth out
The tooth needs to be re-implanted as soon as possible. If you can, place the tooth back into the socket. If this is not possible, DO NOT place the tooth in water. DO place it in some cold milk or on one side of your mouth between you teeth and cheeks until you can be seen either by us or a local hospital emergency dental department. Try not to handle the tooth root too much to protect the fibres around the root surface.

I have a swelling
This is usually caused by an infection. Usually treatment and/or antibiotics will be required. You must contact the practice as soon as possible.

I recently had a filling
The tooth can ache for up to forty-eight hours, especially if it was large. In this time it is also possible to have sensitivity from hot and cold. If the tooth feels tender upon biting, it is possible that the filling is proud and needs smoothing down.
If the problems have not settled in forty-eight hours, please contact the practice for advice.

I have fractured a tooth
Please do not panic as these can usually be restored. If the tooth is painful, avoid hot and cold foods. If there is pain try to avoid eating or biting on that side. Painkillers can often help. An early appointment is usually necessary to avoid further damage to the tooth and possibly the nerve inside. We can easily provide a temporary restoration and ensure it is pain free.

I have lost a crown
Please keep the crown safe, so it can be re-cemented for you. If the underlying tooth is painful avoid eating near it and drink tepid drinks only. It is essential that the crown is re-cemented as failure to do so can lead to further damage and the necessity for root canal treatment.

I have broken my denture
Broken dentures can usually be repaired relatively easily. Please resist the temptation to glue them together yourself as this often makes a repair very difficult. Please call the practice to organise the repair.

Orthodontics issues
Call Broadway Dental Surgery as soon as possible if you break or loosen any of your appliances. Even if you have a regular appointment scheduled, call us immediately to notify us if you need an appliance repaired, and the reception team will advise you if you need to be seen prior to your routine appointment. Please DO NOT attempt to adjust or alter the brace as this is likely to damage it.