A children’s dental emergency is the last thing any parent wants, and while general bumps and scrapes are all a part of growing up, serious children’s dental emergencies can be avoided with the right care from both you and your child. 

What can cause a children’s dental emergency?

There are a number of factors that can contribute to a children’s dental emergency; looking out for these and knowing how to appropriately intervene will help to prevent serious issues from childhood through to adulthood!

Read our tips and tricks on protecting your child’s teeth…

Dental Hygiene

As always, a good hygiene routine is the best way to avoid damage and decay – this should start as soon as your child gets their first tooth, and be monitored up until they are old enough to care for their teeth by themselves. Remember to floss and brush with a fluoride toothpaste for 2 minutes twice a day, morning and at bedtime – teaching your child this habit from a young age will help to prevent a world of issues as they get older!

Dummies and Pacifiers

Did you know that dummies can increase the risk of misaligned teeth and a children’s dental emergency? Of course, we don’t recommend never using them, however it’s important to use ones with an orthodontic shape to minimise damage and protect your child’s teeth as they grow.

Food and Drinks

A children’s dental emergency may be caused by too many sweets and treats, which results in tooth decay and cavities needing a filling to resolve. By limiting sweets and chocolates, and swapping acidic juices or fizzy drinks for milk or water is always a good idea! The increased calcium can help to strengthen your growing child’s bones and teeth. 

During the times that your little ones do enjoy a nice treat, it’s best to encourage the use of a straw for all fizzy and acidic drinks. 

What to do for your children’s dental emergency?

If you notice your child is experiencing unusual dental pain or trauma to the mouth it is essential you book an emergency dental appointment to get it checked out by an expert. Leaving decay can result in further damage and infection in your little one’s teeth and mouth.


Also known as “holes in the teeth” cavities are a common children’s dental emergency. If you notice cavities, or your child is mentioning sensitivity or pain in their teeth, it is best to get it checked out by an emergency dentist. 

While they are small, dental cavities are an easy children’s dental emergency to fix. However, if left untreated they can result in serious damage to your child’s teeth and mouth. Treatment typically includes a small filling to restore the shape, and function of the teeth, keeping them healthy through adulthood (or, if the primary teeth have been treated, keeping them healthy until the secondary/adult teeth come through).

Broken or Lost Teeth

With all the bumps and scrapes that come with growing up, a children’s dental emergency may not always be avoidable! If your children experience dental trauma, broken, or lost teeth (that aren’t baby teeth falling out) then it is crucial you visit an emergency dentist as soon as possible. The longer it is left the harder it may be to resolve the issue.

With emergency dentists located across the UK, find your nearest and book an immediate appointment.

Misaligned Teeth

While misaligned teeth are not necessarily a dental emergency, they can result in plaque build up or damage, depending on the severity of your child’s misalignment  If you are concerned about the alignment of your children’s teeth, you can book with a general dentist to discuss orthodontics such as braces or Invisalign treatment to get them resolved before they reach their adult years.

Speak with our team to discuss general dentistry by The 247 Dentist near you.

A tooth extraction is a dental procedure that involves removing the tooth completely from its socket. This treatment is typically undertaken in the case of a dental emergency where damage or decay is past the point of repair and a complete extraction is required. Although quite a significant treatment, the tooth extraction recovery process is quite simple, and if you follow the advice provided by your emergency dentist, further complications post-extraction are rare! 

What happens during a tooth extraction?

Once your emergency dentist has confirmed that a tooth extraction is required to treat your dental pain, a local anesthetic will be used to numb the area and surrounding tissue. 

Following this, your dentist will use a device called forceps to gently wiggle the tooth loose and pull it from the socket.

In cases where your tooth is particularly damaged, broken or decayed, your dentist may need to make small incisions in your gums to allow for the extraction to take place. 

Once the tooth has been successfully removed,  the socket is cleaned and stiched to ensure a safe tooth extraction recovery where further infection is prevented.

How long does tooth extraction recovery take?

The total time it takes for you to recover from a tooth extraction is dependent on the severity of your unique case. Typically, patients can return to normal activities within three days of treatment, however if your dental emergency also involved treatment to the jaw or bones, then it may take weeks to months to fully recover. 

It is important to note that the tooth extraction recovery time may be a shorter or longer process for each individual. During the healing process it is likely that you will experience the following:

Tooth extraction aftercare tips

After the procedure your dentist will provide tooth extraction recovery and aftercare tips to help encourage a speedy healing process. These tips typically include the following, but may differ slightly depending on the severity of your case:

Home remedies are a great way to help ease toothaches and pain, find out more about our top tips for healing toothaches at home. Or, if you’re experiencing complications with your tooth extraction, please do not hesitate to contact us and find your nearest emergency dentist who will be happy to provide the urgent care you need to resolve the problem and heal your smile.

The nerves in your teeth are the sensitive area that lies within the pulp. Sensitivity and tooth nerve pain are a common sign that you may need to book an emergency dentist appointment for the correct tooth pain relief and treatments to rectify the issue at hand.

What Causes Tooth Nerve Pain?

Causes of nerve pain in the teeth are typically the result of exposure; if your tooth is cracked, chipped, or broken, you are likely to experience increased sensitivity and pain. 

This type of dental issue can be separated into two categories: Dentinal Sensitivity and Pulpal Sensitivity. Your emergency dentist will identify what type of issue you are experiencing in order to determine the correct course of action to treat the problem and provide tooth pain relief

Dentinal Sensitivity

Dentinal sensitivity describes widespread nerve pain in the teeth. This is often the result of both external factors and wear and tear to the teeth, including:

These factors can increase your likelihood of experiencing tooth nerve pain. However, there are a number of tooth pain relief options for dentinal sensitivity. 

Pulpal Sensitivity 

Pulpal sensitivity refers to pain that is focused on one individual tooth. If you are experiencing this type of tooth nerve pain then it is likely that your pulp is being affected.

The cause of pulpal sensitivity and nerve pain include:

It is essential that you visit an emergency dentist if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms. If left untreated, exposed damage can worsen and may result in more significant treatments being required.

Treatments for Tooth Sensitivity and Nerve Pain

Fortunately, there are many tooth pain relief options for tooth sensitivity! Depending on the cause of your pain, an emergency dentist will provide suitable treatment; in the interim there are also some home tooth pain relief remedies you can implement until your dental appointment.

Fillings: Dental fillings are the most common treatment for tooth nerve pain. Simply put, if sensitivity is caused by cavities then an emergency dentist will clean any decay and fill the hole to protect your tooth from further damage.

Root Canal: A root canal is another common option. This treatment will be performed if the damaged tooth is severely decaying or infected. The damaged nerve and pulp will be removed from the tooth, then the area will be cleaned and sealed to provide effective tooth pain relief and restore your healthy smile.

Extraction: An emergency dentist will identify if a tooth extraction is required. Typically this treatment is performed when a tooth is extremely damaged, infected or decayed beyond repair. The area will be numbed and the tooth will be removed, with the gum cleaned and sealed so you can safely continue with your day to day life free from dental pain.

Home Remedies: Home tooth pain relief remedies won’t cure the cause of the problem, but can help to relieve sensitivity in the moment! Home remedies for toothache include: salt water rinses, over the counter pain relief (follow care instructions), and ice packs to reduce swelling. Find out more about home remedies for dental pain.

If you have a tooth infection, or are experiencing the symptoms of one, it is absolutely crucial that you book an emergency dentist appointment to get it treated as soon as possible.

When left untreated for a prolonged time, a tooth infection can spread and result in severe sickness, as well as extreme injury to the mouth and in very extreme (and very rare) circumstances, even result in death.

What causes a tooth infection

A tooth infection does not go away on its own. An infection in the teeth is the result of a buildup of bacteria that enters the soft tissue or nerve of the tooth (known as the pulp). This can occur as the result of dental trauma or injury, tooth decay, or from pre-existing dental problems. 

When left untreated, this bacteria and plaque damages the pulp in your tooth which then leads to the infection and abscess to occur in your tooth, gums or jaw. These abscesses fill with bacterial fluids and pus, which will need carefully removing and cleaning during an emergency dentist appointment.

Booking an emergency dentist appointment as soon as you experience dental trauma or symptoms of a dental emergency as soon as they occur, and following a dental hygiene routine can greatly reduce your chance of infection and keep your teeth healthy. However, if left untreated a tooth infection can result in serious damage to your teeth, gums and jaw. 

Symptoms of a tooth infection

There are a few general signs of infection to lookout for with dental infections, if you are experiencing any of the below please book an emergency dentist appointment as soon as possible.

Home remedies for tooth infection

It is important to note that there are no home remedies to cure a tooth infection, this can only be achieved through an emergency dentist appointment where you receive the appropriate treatment and care. However, there are some tips and tricks you can follow to help reduce pain as you wait for your appointment, these include:

Remember, these remedies are only recommended to reduce pain prior to your appointment and should not be used as a method to treat a dental abscess or tooth infection.

Book an emergency dentist appointment near you

If you require urgent dental care, get in touch with the team here at The 247 Dentist. We offer same day, evening, weekend, and bank holiday appointments to ensure you get the critical dental care you need to treat and recover your teeth.

With clinics based across the UK, and online dental consultations available nationally, we’re here to ensure you can be seen at a time and place that suits you. Find your nearest dental centre and book an emergency dentist appointment!

It’s important to identify when to see an emergency dentist, and when your dental trauma is in fact a larger problem that requires immediate medical care. If your issue is extreme, it may be recommended that you visit A&E directly, however, an emergency dentist will help you to identify this during your appointment if you’re unsure.

Discover the difference between dental emergencies, when to see an emergency dentist, and when to seek immediate medical attention from accident and emergency.

The difference between dental emergencies and medical emergencies

Dental emergencies apply to oral health issues that do not pose a direct threat to your medical well-being. Whereas a medical emergency is defined as sudden trauma or symptoms that may be life-threatening and require immediate assessment from a doctor. 

When to see an emergency dentist

It is likely that an emergency dentist can resolve your dental traumas, with A&E only required for the most serious and life-threatening cases. There are a few signs to identify whether you need to see an emergency dentist, if you believe you may be experiencing the following, please do not hesitate to book an emergency dental appointment with us in your nearest clinic!

Common issues that indicate when to see an emergency dentist include:

If you are unable to visit an emergency dentist in person, or if there is not yet an emergency dental clinic near you, you can book a video appointment. Our online dental appointments can be used for emergencies, to help you identify and treat the issue, as well as prescribe the required antibiotics for your unique case.

When to go to A&E

The emergency room should be visited if you are experiencing a serious, life-threatening medical emergency. In most cases it is not necessary that you go to A&E for dental emergencies, however, it is recommended that you seek medical attention for the following:

If you are experiencing any of the above, please seek immediate medical attention from a doctor at your nearest emergency room. If you are still unsure whether you are experiencing a medical emergency or whether you should see an emergency dentist you can call the NHS 111 number for advice. 

Please note the NHS cannot book emergency appointments, if you are directed to see an emergency dentist, you will need to call us directly for an appointment! We are available for same day appointments both during regular hours and evenings, weekends, and bank holidays – to ensure you receive the emergency dental care you need, without disrupting your daily schedule, or leave you in pain.

We’re proud to welcome Reading to our list of emergency dental clinics. From July 4th 2022, our team will be available to provide high quality care to resolve your dental needs with same day, evening, bank holiday and out of hours appointments. This emergency dental clinic is available to all who require immediate or urgent dental care in Reading and the surrounding areas.

Where is The 247 Dentist Reading?

Based at the Caversham Heights Dental Practice (our host dental clinic), this emergency dental clinic is close to all main motorways and train routes from London and The Midlands, as well as the North, South, East and West of Britain. Providing you with easy access to an appointment, at a time that best suits your schedule.

To book an appointment with our emergency dentists in Reading, give us a call on 03301 79995. Our team will be happy to assist you in receiving the right urgent dental care for your needs.

What are the benefits of an emergency dental clinic in Reading?

At The 247 dentist, everyone is a priority. This emergency dental service is available to all adults and children – including those who are not patients at the host practice.

An emergency dental clinic means you don’t have to worry about extended waiting times, lack of appointments available, or major disruptions to your daily schedule. Our team is available around the clock to provide safe and effective dental treatments to remedy your problem, as well as provide advice on recovery if necessary.

The difference between general and emergency dental appointments

Emergency dental appointments should be used in instances where immediate treatment is necessary. Typically this can be obvious, however, issues that have been left untreated for long periods of time may worsen and then require emergency treatment ro rectify and recover the issue from damaging your teeth and gums further.

In contrast, general dentist appointments should be used for regularly scheduled checkups and resolving issues while they are minor and do not cause severe pain or immediate concern.

What counts as a dental emergency?

Dental emergencies typically result in immediate or severe and prolonged pain that will not subside, extreme discomfort, or dental trauma that requires immediate attention. This can include, but is not limited to:

For more information, read our article on the five telltale signs you may require an emergency dental appointment. Or alternatively, discover when you can use at-home remedies to resolve dental issues and when a trip to an emergency dental clinic is necessary.

Visit our emergency dental clinic in Reading

If you are experiencing ongoing dental pain, trauma or believe you require urgent care, please do not hesitate to visit our emergency dental clinic!

We have a host of dentists based across the UK – so you can find the best treatment closest to you for unmatched convenience and care. View our full list of emergency dental clinics, and get in touch with us today to book your urgent appointment.

Orthodontic emergency care is rarely required, however if you’re having an issue with your orthodontic needs (whether that means your braces, retainers, Invisalign or any other form of orthodontics) it’s important to know how to resolve the issue, and when to see an emergency dentist.

What is considered an orthodontic emergency?

In some cases, your orthodontics may result in a dental emergency. In which case emergency orthodontic care may be required from an emergency dentist (if you need urgent treatment). 

Orthodontic emergencies can include:

If you are experiencing any of the above, you may require emergency orthodontic care. Contact your nearest 247 Dentist to discuss your dental emergency and we will schedule in for an urgent appointment.

In extreme cases, it is recommended that you visit A&E for immediate support. These emergencies include:

These symptoms require immediate care as they may indicate additional issues to your dental emergency. If you are experiencing any of the above please visit your nearest A&E centre for support.

What issues do not require emergency orthodontic care?

There are a few issues you may face with your orthodontic treatment that cause some discomfort, but are not considered a dental emergency and do not require emergency dental care. In these cases it’s best that you contact your orthodontist and schedule a regular dental appointment to resolve the problem at hand, or try safe at-home remedies. 

These “non-emergencies” include:

Can dentists do online consultations? Yes, absolutely! At The 247 Dentist, we can provide online dental consultations for emergency needs when you’re unable to visit a dentist for an in-person appointment. Online dentist UK appointments are available throughout the day at a time best suited to your calendar, before booking a video dentist appointment there are a few things you’ll need to consider!

When to book an online dentist appointment

An online dentist appointment should be used for emergencies only. If you are unable to receive the support you need for a dental problem in person, or are shielding/self-isolating then speaking with an online dentist is the perfect solution to improve your condition and give you the necessary help to recover!

If you are in serious, ongoing pain, have broken or lost a tooth, have excessive bleeding, or believe you may be suffering from an abscess, we highly recommend booking an emergency dental appointment in a clinic as soon as possible. Find your nearest dental centre and we will aim to provide a same-day appointment to resolve your needs

If you’re looking for a regular dental appointment in your area give us a call – or contact our host clinics directly for a general check up.

What online dentists can help with 

An online dentist (UK) can help with a range of issues regarding your dental emergency. 

These video consultations allow you to discuss your problem directly with a professional, who will assess your teeth via webcam and provide the necessary advice and steps you should take to improve your condition. They will also alert you on the severity of your case, and if needed, advise on whether you should visit a dentist in person for treatment.

How our video dentist appointments work

When booking an online dentist UK appointment, it really is as simple as 1,2,3! Our video dentist process ensures you have an appointment at a time that best suits you and all the information you need to be prepared for your consultation:

  1. Call 03301 656566 to book an online dental appointment. Our team will provide a time slot and send you a secure link for you to complete a medical history form, as well as send you access to our online waiting room.
  2. Your video appointment will be scheduled to last 20-minutes, where you’ll be able to safely speak one to one with a fully qualified dentist who will provide safe solutions for your case. We recommend entering the online dentist UK waiting room around 10-minutes before your appointment to ensure you have enough time to discuss your concerns.
  3. If required, your dentist will prescribe antibiotics online, you can then collect your medication from the nearest pharmacy within minutes after your call.

This online dentist UK service costs £85, which includes the cost of issuing a prescription should this be required (please note, you will still need to pay for your prescribed medication at the pharmacy on collection). 

Our video dentist appointments use secure encrypted technology to ensure your safety and privacy, and can be conducted via laptop, tablet, or mobile phone without the need to download additional apps on your device.

How to prepare for your online dental consultation

In preparation for your online dentist appointment, you’ll need to ensure the following:

Online dentist UK providing a video dentist appointment online via video call

Dental emergencies can present themselves in many forms, and being assessed by a dentist promptly can often prevent the situation from worsening. But first, it’s essential to understand what type of dentist appointment is best for you and how you can book it. 

Different methods for booking

Unlike your typical routine dentist visit, at The 247 Dentist, we have a wide range of different options for booking an emergency dentist appointment, including face-to-face appointments and even online dental consultations. Meaning you can find the one that suits you and your situation. 

Call freephone for an appointment

It can be difficult to find the time to arrange an emergency dentist appointment in your busy life, especially without needing to book time off work.

Our emergency dentist clinics are available out-of-hours and on weekends, including Bank Holidays. Because a dental emergency typically won’t strike at a convenient time, having a dentist with out-of-hours service ensures that you receive quick and effective help.

All you need to do is contact our emergency dentists on 03301 759995 to book an out of hours face-to-face dental appointment. We have a growing network of clinics with highly qualified dentists ready to provide you with speedy, expert treatment. 

Walk into the nearest clinic and book

If you’re happy to be seen during regular hours, we also work with a considerable number of partner practices across the UK, helping patients find emergency appointments at normal times.

We have locations in; Southampton, Brighton, Poole, Sutton, Gloucester, and Essex, with plans for more. Find the nearest emergency clinic and plot your route to it. 

Walk into whichever clinic best suits you, and a member of the team will be able to book you in at a convenient time. Our team are equipped to provide you with urgent dental service safely and efficiently.

Book a Video Dentist Appointment

If you’re not sure whether you have a dental emergency and think you would benefit from speaking to an experienced specialist to find out, an online dental consultation might be the solution for you. 

Online dental consultations are a great option if you can’t find a listed emergency dentist near you. Our expert dentists are available via video for online dental consultations at a time that suits you, right from the comfort of your own home. 

Our expert dentists are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to assess your dental issue and ascertain its urgency. They can even help treat it with home care suggestions or by prescribing antibiotics that you can pick up within minutes from your local pharmacy. 

Our online dental consultations start at just £85. To book a slot, call our video team on 03301 656566, and they will book you in at a suitable time.

What to expect in your emergency appointment?

Now you know the three best methods to get your dental emergency seen as soon as possible, what can you expect when you arrive for your appointment. 

At The 247 Dentist, we treat thousands of dental emergencies every year, which means we have a lot of knowledge in understanding what dental problems can arise and how to best treat them. 

Our experienced dental team have access to the latest, high-end equipment, which allows our dentists to provide quick but effective treatment for any dental emergency. Once you have been comprehensively checked and given a diagnosis, you will receive a bespoke treatment plan. This plan will clearly outline the costs of your emergency dental treatment to ensure you are happy before undergoing any procedures.

You have broken or cracked a tooth

A chipped or broken tooth is the most common cause of needing emergency dental treatment. If you have a cracked or broken tooth, it is essential to visit an emergency dental clinic, as, in the case of major tooth breakage, it can result in intense pain and bleeding. 

If the chipped tooth is left untreated, it could result in further complications such as cutting your tongue on the sharp or jagged break. Similarly, some dangers of leaving a chipped tooth are that the root and nerve of your tooth can be left exposed, resulting in infections. 

You can break your teeth in countless ways, but it will never be at a convenient time. Whether it’s in the middle of the night, over the weekend or during the holidays, we are available for out of hours dental appointments across the UK to ensure you receive emergency dental treatment quickly and safely. Call us on 03301 759995 for face-to-face appointments or find your nearest dental clinic today!

Your pain is severe enough to stop you from continuing everyday activities

If you are experiencing extreme pain associated with your teeth or gums that prevents you from continuing everyday activities, it is not something to be taken lightly and can indicate a larger issue.

It’s especially important to get emergency dental treatment if you have a toothache that lasts more than two days and painkillers are not helping to subside the pain. Seeking immediate emergency dental care can help assess the cause of the pain and help remedy it.

Excessive bleeding or aching gums 

While some blood when brushing or flossing can be considered normal, you should seek emergency dental treatment if your gums bleed excessively and are aching for no apparent reason.  

Bleeding gums are a telltale sign of poor dental hygiene but can also be a sign of underlying health issues that require immediate attention. An emergency dentist appointment can perform an expert examination to determine the cause and then help treat the problem. 

Facial or gum swelling

If your cheek, jaw or gums are swollen, making it difficult to eat or speak, it is a sign that you may have an abscess caused by an infection. These need to be treated by removing the source of the infection and draining the abscess. 

A dentist can treat you in a number of ways, but all require immediate emergency dental care to prevent the infection from spreading. Our online dental consultations can help solve this issue with home care advice or even remotely prescribed antibiotics ready to be collected at your local pharmacy in just minutes.

Missing filling or crown

A crown or filling works to cover damage in your teeth, and losing them is not something to ignore. While you might only experience an odd taste in your mouth and some discomfort, waiting too long before getting your tooth refilled or another crown fitted could result in facing a much more serious procedure such as a root canal. 

You are more susceptible to infection with no protection as your tooth’s sensitive tissue is now exposed. This is the ideal breeding ground for bacterial infection, and you should receive emergency dental treatment as soon as possible. 

What To Do If You Need Emergency Dental Care

If you are experiencing any of the signs listed above, it’s important to seek emergency dental treatment as quickly as possible to prevent the situation from worsening. 

If your nearest 247 Dentist isn’t local, our emergency dentists are available across the UK via video consultations from the comfort of your own home and at a time that suits you. Book a video consultation by calling 03301 656566 to get your symptoms professionally assessed. 

Unsure whether your symptoms are necessary for an emergency dental treatment? Check out the dental health advice our experts have created and see the list of home dental remedies you can apply yourself while you await your dentist’s diagnosis and treatment.

Book your emergency dentist appointment today

Our emergency dentists are available across the UK at a time that suits you.

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