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!

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.

Some dental concerns may require urgent attention, whereas others may be less pressing. Home remedies can be an effective method to help treat your problem, but it’s essential to understand when emergency dental care is needed. 

When is emergency dental care needed?

There are several signs to look out for that indicate whether you need emergency dental care. When you have an issue with your teeth, especially in the instance of an infection, it’s unlikely it will go away on its own and is often a sign of a larger concern. If left untreated, delaying expert dental care can worsen the issue and become more serious. 

To decide whether the best course of action is to get emergency dental care or rely on home remedies until your next checkup, you must first assess your symptoms to determine the severity of the situation. 

If you’re experiencing any of the below signs, they indicate you require immediate attention and should book an emergency dental care appointment to help you. 

If you’re unsure whether or not your dental concern is something that needs professional care, get in touch. Our expert dentists are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to ensure that your emergency dental care needs are met quickly and safely.

When to use at home dental remedies

At-home dental remedies should be used in instances where your toothaches or dental issues are not so severe that you can’t resume regular activity. These home treatments should help to relieve your pain, reduce swelling and ease other symptoms. 

Some of the most effective ways to help aches and common dental issues are:

With the above being said, you should know that home remedies aren’t purely for curing the issue and should never be a substitute for professional emergency dental care. They are an excellent method of helping to relieve the discomfort of your dental problems while you wait for your appointment. 

Emerging wisdom teeth is a great example of a dental issue that a dentist cannot help until it has broken through the gums. In this case, your best option is to use home treatments to help relieve the discomfort until then.

The best thing you can do at home for your dental health is practice good oral hygiene. This includes brushing and flossing your teeth twice daily, using mouthwash to reduce oral bacteria, and ensuring you get your general dental check-up twice a year. 

Your diet also has a big impact on your teeth’s well-being. Staying hydrated and drinking plenty of water helps flush out bacteria from the teeth and gums. This is especially important if you consume a lot of sugary food and drinks as they often get stuck, promoting bacteria growth. Sugary foods should be avoided if possible to maintain good oral health.

For more information on general dentistry, visit the Smilemakers Dental Practice in Southampton. Don’t worry if you’re not based in the Hampshire area, we have emergency dental practices across the UK – find your nearest clinic to book your appointment.

How to book an emergency dentist appointment

While these home remedies should help you in the meantime, they should only be used as temporary solutions until you can book an emergency dentist appointment to get the help you need.

With emergency dental clinics based throughout the UK, we can provide immediate care for all dental issues. Give us a call on 03301 759995 to ensure that your emergency dental needs are met quickly and safely. Even our virtual dentists can prescribe antibiotics for you to pick up from your local pharmacy immediately. 

Being unable to visit an emergency dental clinic in person shouldn’t stop you from receiving the treatment you need. Book a virtual emergency dentist online to provide you with a more convenient alternative option to the traditional emergency dentist appointment.

Is a virtual emergency dentist appointment right for me?

An emergency online dentist appointment differs from a typical in-person appointment as it’s not something you get on a repeated frequency like your general checkup, but instead just when you need to be seen in an emergency and are unable to get to an emergency dental clinic. This is not to be used for cosmetic treatments but rather to help solve a problem, give home care advice, advise you on the urgency of your situation, or even remotely prescribe antibiotics.

If you have a dental issue and could benefit from speaking to an emergency dentist in a timely manner, booking a video consultation with an emergency dentist from the comfort of your own home can be a great way of assessing the severity of your dental emergency. 

How do I book an online dental consultation?

We are ready to help you 24/7, and it is super easy to book a dentist online. Simply phone our video team on 03301 656566, and they will book a suitable time slot for you. 

After your reservation has been made, you will receive a form to complete regarding your medical history, this ensures the emergency dentist is up to date with all relevant medical information prior to your video appointment. After this has been finished and submitted back, you will be sent a secure link to join The 247 Dentist’s online waiting room and let in at the allotted time.

What happens at the virtual emergency dentist consultation?

After you have booked an online emergency dentist, you will have a private 1:1 consultation with a dentist with years of experience managing dental emergencies. In this secure call, you can describe your dental problem in detail and even be examined by the dentist. They may request that you use some spoons to keep your mouth open, helping them look inside your mouth and identify your symptoms on the screen.

What are the benefits of booking a virtual emergency dentist appointment?


Not everyone has an emergency dentist local to them that they can quickly and easily reach. And even if they do, sometimes the waiting list can be far too long. Virtual emergency dentist appointments give you the ability to be seen from anywhere in the UK when you don’t have a local emergency dentist available quick enough. 

Get rid of the long queues and wait times by picking a time that suits you rather than having to move your day around an available appointment. There is no need to sign up or be a member of our dental clinics. You can simply book an emergency consultation and get our dentists up to speed on your medical history, so they are ready to help you. 

Be seen even while self-isolating

Due to the pandemic and general illness, you can never be sure when you may have to forgo a pre-booked appointment due to being unwell. Virtual emergency dentist appointments give you the ability to be seen if you are in a position of self-isolation without putting yourself or anyone else at risk.

Ability to prescribe

The virtual emergency dentist gives you the ability to remotely provide online prescriptions such as antibiotics that can be ready for you within minutes at your local pharmacy. Being prescribed antibiotics remotely is ideal for helping you receive quick relief in the case of tooth infections, wasting no time doing this yourself.


An emergency appointment out of regular working hours in other dental clinics would typically incur extra charges. This is not the case at The 247 Dentist. It will cost you £85 for a video dentist appointment inclusive of the price for issuing any prescriptions, not to mention the time and money saved on travel and potentially taking time off work. 

Dental emergencies can hit anyone at any time, and often a dentist must assess you promptly to prevent the situation from worsening. With experienced dentists and nurses treating thousands of dental emergencies a year, we’re prepared to help you with your online emergency dental appointment.

Book your emergency dentist appointment today

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