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

Our emergency dentists are available across the UK and via video consultations at a time that suits you.

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