Terrible toothache, lost crown, broken tooth, possible abscess? Do you need to see an emergency dentist?
We have daily emergency slots for registered and non-registered patients.
Consultation fee £55, plus the cost of the treatment.
At your appointment our aim is to get rid of your pain and discomfort, or fill the gap should you have broken or lost a front tooth. We will endeavour to diagnose the cause of your pain and in most cases we can provide a provisional restoration, a prescription or an extraction.
In certain instances there may be more complex issues going on with your dental health than you might be aware of. If you would like longer term solutions or advice, we would recommend that you book in for a ‘new patient consultation’ so our dentist can assess your overall dental health, discuss your treatment options with you and provide you with corresponding cost estimates.
Call Shelley Manor Dental on 01202 443882 to book in.
Shelley Manor Dental, Shelley Manor Medical Centre, Beechwood Avenue, Bournemouth BH5 1LX. We are located on the 1st floor above the late night pharmacy. Free parking. Lift access.
How do I know if I need to see an emergency dentist?
When experiencing oral discomfort it is often a difficult judgement call to make whether you need to pick up the phone and call for an emergency dental appointment.
There are different types of dental pain. Some are likely to ease on their own in time, and others need the urgent attention of a professional.
Here are some key signs and symptoms that would indicate the need to see a dentist:
- Ulcers, lumps or unusual patches that do not clear up after a few weeks
- Severe pain that keeps you awake at night, especially painful after a hot stimulus or extreme tenderness on biting
- Fever or dizziness associated with pain in the mouth
- Difficulty swallowing or opening the mouth
- Soreness to the soft tissues from a sharp tooth (i.e. ulceration of the side of the tongue rubbing against a broken tooth edge)
Important: If you experience swelling that extends to the neck and that feels it is constricting your airway, making it difficult to breathe or swallow, or are experiencing fever and weakness then you should seek attention at your nearest accident and emergency department.
If you are experiencing mild tenderness or just sensitivity to cold and have recently had some dental treatment, then it is likely that these symptoms are just slight irritation that will settle in time, a common experience after having a routine dental treatment. It is recommended to try taking over the counter pain killers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen. If you are taking the maximum advised dosage of both these painkillers over 24 hours and are still in pain then you may need to see a dentist.
Another common cause of pain can be caused by tooth grinding/clenching at night associated with stress. This can cause tooth tenderness, temperature sensitivity, jaw pain and even ear and headaches. If you have a mouth guard to wear at night it is worth wearing this for a few nights to see if the symptoms ease. Even a sports mouth guard would suffice or your dentist can make you a more comfortable one!