During practice hours (Mon-Fri, 8.30am-5pm), please ring the surgery on 01943 461 501 as early in the day as possible. We operate an emergency appointment system every day and will endeavour to see patients who are in pain during these times.
For emergencies that are out of our opening hours, please listen to the message on our practice telephone number for instructions.
You may wish to call the NHS emergency number on 111.
In some cases of emergency, you may need to go to your nearest hospital Accident and Emergency department.
If you are registered under a Manor Square dental plan
If you are registered under a Manor Square Care Plan or Maintenance Plan and have a severe dental emergency out of our practice hours, you can speak to a dentist on the dental emergency helpline. Call the practice number on 01943 461 501 for more details.
What to do if a tooth gets knocked out
Accidents happen, especially if you're playing contact sports. If your tooth gets knocked out, there is a chance that it can be put back in by a dentist. Simply follow these steps:
- Place the tooth in a cup of milk or, if not available, keep the tooth in your mouth between the cheeks and gums.
- Don't let the tooth become dry and don't put it in disinfectant.
- Go to your dentist immediately. If this isn't possible, contact NHS Direct (0845 4647) to find out your nearest Accident & Emergency department that has a dentist on call.
What to do after a tooth extraction
Having a tooth out is the same as having an operation and, because of this, you must look after the area to speed healing and to reduce the risk of infection. Here are some pointers:
- For the first 24 hours, try to avoid eating hot food, don't smoke, don't drink any alcohol and try not to disturb any blood clot which might have formed.
- Don't rinse your mouth for six hours after extraction. After that, rinse gently with warm salty water - half a teaspoon of salt in a glass of water is enough.
- Brush your teeth as normal to keep your mouth as clean as possible.
- You may feel some small pieces of bone work their way out of the socket - don't worry, this is perfectly normal.
- There may be some swelling and a bit of discomfort in the first two to three days. If you need to, take some ordinary painkillers such as aspirin, ibuprofen or paracetomol.
- If you feel pain immediately after the tooth has been removed, it might be where the blood clot has broken down leaving an empty hole in the gum. This is called a 'dry socket' and will need to be looked at by your dentist. Simply go back and the dentist will pack the wound to ease your discomfort.