Emergency Dental Care
Emergency dentist appointments
Whether you are in pain because you have a broken or cracked a tooth, are in pain from a wisdom tooth or have toothache, we offer emergency apponitments Monday - Friday.
As a private practice we do not cover treatment on the NHS but are happy to see patients on a private basis. The cost of an emergency consultation is normally £59 plus x-rays (normally £14) and any treatment done at the time. (this will be discussed with you before treatment is started) Up to 15% discount is available for patients on our membership plans, feel free to ask for more information.
For an emergency appointment call
We are open:
- Mon: 8am - 7pm
- Tues: 8am – 5:30pm
- Weds: 8am – 5:30pm
- Thurs:10am – 7pm
- Fri: 8am – 5:30pm
Out of Hours Emergency appointments (existing patients only)
Please call the number given on the voicemail and follow the instructions. Making sure to leave your name, number and reason for the emergency in order for the emergency service to contact you with where and when to go for your out of hours emergence appointment. Please note emergency appointments may not be held at Watercress Dental in Alton.
What causes toothache?
Toothache is usually caused by the inner part of the tooth (pulp) becoming inflamed. The inner pulp is made of sensitive nerves and blood vessels.
- Inflamed pulp can be the result of:
- Loose or broken fillings – exposing the sensitive areas of the tooth
- Tooth decay – holes or cavities in the hard outer surface of the tooth
- Broken tooth – leaving the sensitive inner area exposed
- Cracked tooth – cracks can be very small and not easily visible
- Abscess – a bacterial infection causing pus to gather at the end of the tooth often leading to a lump on the gum.
- Receding gums – Shrinking gums can sometimes expose the sensitive root areas of your tooth
- Wisdom tooth pain – Wisdom teeth coming through can be uncomfortable if coming through normally or can be painful if it is impacting other teeth.
Treating toothache with painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen (also helps to reduce swelling) can help short term while you are waiting to see your dentist. You could swish your mouth with warm salty water to help clean the mouth from infection while you see the dentist. The longer you leave toothache the worse the problem is likely to get. Call us on 01420 544408 for an appointment as soon as possible, emergency appointments are available every day if the pain is severe, although you may not see your regular dentist. We will likely need to take an x-ray of the area to check for infection, cracks etc.
Possible treatment for Broken tooth
A broken tooth may need to be filled with a filling if there is some decay, an x-ray will help to see the extent of the damage or decay. Not all broken teeth care caused by decay so may not need a filling. The tooth can be made to look whole and natural again with a crown, depending on the size of the break. More information on Crowns http://www.watercressdental.co.uk/crown.html
Possible treatment for an Abscess
The abscess may need to be treated with antibiotics to help reduce infection and swelling. A filling or root canal filling may be required to remove the decayed part of the tooth. Root canal treatment is usually done over two or sometimes three appointments depending on the complexity of the tooth roots and extent of decay. Between appointments your tooth will be secured with a temporary filling to keep the sensitive area covered and clean so you can carry on as normal between appointments. Root canal treatment can costs around £ (up to 15% off available on our plans)
Possible treatment for Wisdom tooth pain
Wisdom tooth coming through can be uncomfortable and cause tender or swollen gums. This isn’t normally a problem and can be easily eased. Wisdom tooth discomfort is normally treated initially with pain killers and/ or antibiotics and a warm salty mouthwash can help with sore or swollen gums. More painful or on-going pain may need to be further investigated to see if the tooth is growing at an angle into other teeth (we call this impacted), which could be quite painful and the tooth may need to be removed. Depending on the complexity of the wisdom tooth extraction, this can be done by your regular dentist or our specialist oral Surgeon at our surgery.
Possible treatment for Chipped tooth
If the inner part of the tooth is exposed, this will need to be filled with a filling. If the chip is minor you may not need any treatment or any sharp edges could be removed. Minor chips in your tooth are unlikely to be causing you any pain because the sensitive core is not exposed. Possible treatment for cracked tooth A cracked tooth may need to be filled if there is any decay. Often placing a crown on the top of the tooth is enough to hold the tooth together securely.
What if I need a tooth extracted
In some cases where the tooth is beyond repair, we may need to have the tooth extracted. Depending on the complexity of the extraction (based on the tooth, it’s condition and the shape/position of the roots) depends on how long and how much it will cost. We do have a specialist oral surgeon at Watercress Dental.
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