We allocate time every day for treating dental emergencies. If you have a problem, please don’t leave it… call our practice in Leamington Spa on 01926 339993 as early as possible in the day and we will do all we can to see you on the same day.
If you require emergency care outside of our opening hours, please listen to the recorded message for details of our on-call dentist.
During an emergency appointment, we would normally provide a temporary measure until a diagnosis is made, options have been assessed and more time can be scheduled to carry out a definitive treatment.
Out of hours advice
During weekend and holiday periods when the practice is closed, please use the following advice to help reduce your discomfort until you are able to see us.
I am suffering from toothache
If you can’t get in to see us right away, try to get comfortable with over-the-counter painkillers. Take whichever analgesic you prefer according to your medical history and follow the manufacturer’s recommended maximum dose. Taking a maximum dose is fine in healthy patients for 48 hours. Taking two different types of painkiller (e.g. Brufen & Paracetamol or Paracetamol and Ibuprofen) alternately, to their maximum dosages will give you the best effects.
Ensure no food debris is packed between the teeth by flossing, and avoid very hot and cold food. You might also sleep better if you have a few extra pillows propping you up to a more upright position as this helps to reduce the blood pressure within the inflamed pulp tissue of the tooth.
I have pain in my wisdom teeth.
This problem generally affects people in their late teens or 20s. Wisdom teeth can cause pain as they push through the gum - the same process as a baby teething. Take painkillers as necessary. Infected wisdom teeth may require antibiotics but some relief can be gained by using salty mouth baths. Mix these as warm and as salty as you can comfortably cope with as this will help kill some of the bacteria causing the infection.
I think I have a dental abscess
Abscesses are caused by infections from gum disease or nerves dying inside teeth. Antibiotics can help in the short term but ultimately you will need to make an appointment with us to resolve it.
I have fractured my tooth
If the tooth is not painful or rough to your tongue, it can wait a day or two before it gets fixed properly. If the tooth is sensitive try rubbing Colgate Pro Relief toothpaste onto the exposed area for 60 seconds and repeat daily until you can come in and see us. We might need to smooth off sharp corners on the fracture to stop your tongue or cheek getting sore.
I have a loose or lost crown
Temporary cements are available at some chemists, which can be used without risk of harm. However, these cements are weak and will not provided a long-term solution to the problem. Clarendon House Dental Centre is able to use much stronger cements and we will check the state of the tooth at the same time.
I have broken my denture
Don’t use Super Glue! Keep the pieces together and search Yellow Pages or the internet for a dental technician. If you can go straight to them, they might be able to help fix the denture as you wait.
I have knocked my tooth out
Accidents happen, especially while playing sports (a properly fitted mouth guard will help to minimise accidental damage to the teeth). If a tooth is knocked out following an accident there is a chance it can be put back in by a dentist. So, first of all, try not to panic. Call us as soon as you can to book an appointment and take the following advice:
If the tooth has come out whole you could try to put the tooth back into place:
- Hold the tooth by the crown (the white part usually visible in the mouth) not by the root.
- If the tooth is clean, gently push it back into its socket, making sure that the front surface is facing the right way. If the tooth is dirty, rinse it in milk before gently pushing it back into place.
- Apply pressure to the tooth, eg. by biting onto a folded handkerchief.
- Telephone the practice immediately on 01926 339993 to make an emergency appointment. If you are calling out of hours use the emergency numbers supplied on the practice answer machine or go to the nearest accident and emergency department.
If you are unable to put the tooth back in:
- Place it in a cup of milk or, if not available, keep the tooth in your mouth between your cheek and gum taking care not to swallow it.
- Telephone our Leamington Spa practice on 01926 339993 to make an emergency appointment. If you are calling out of hours use the emergency numbers supplied on the practice answer machine or go to the nearest accident and emergency department. Then make an appointment with us as soon as you can.