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Emergency dental treatments

Find out what to do if you need emergency treatment for your teeth or mouth.

Contact your dentist for emergency treatment

If you have a dentist or you've been seen in a general dental practice within the last 2 months, you must contact them directly for an emergency appointment.

Urgent dental care if you don't have a dentist

If you don't have a dentist, you can follow these steps to access urgent dental care.

  1. If it's between 8am-10pm, ring 0333 332 3800.
  2. If it's between 10pm-8am, ring 111 instead.
  3. You'll receive advice over the phone and if needed, you'll be offered a same day or next day appointment.
  4. If you're offered an appointment:
    • You can choose from one of 10 locations across Greater Manchester.
    • The appointment will be 20 minutes long.
    • It will be between 9am-9pm Mondays-Fridays or 9am-1pm on weekends and bank holidays.

Swelling near your mouth or throat

If you're under a course of treatment at a dentist which has caused swelling, contact your dentist as soon as possible.

In severe cases, you must attend your nearest Accident and Emergency department or Urgent Care Centre.

Severe cases include when the swelling is around your throat and airway, when you find breathing and swallowing difficult or when you've received a major trauma.

What to do if a tooth is knocked out

There are things you can do if you've had your tooth knocked out:

  • If your tooth is in one piece, it may be possible to save it. Only hold the tooth by the crown (the part you see in your mouth) and do not touch the root.
  • If you feel confident, gently rinse the tooth in cool water but do not scrub it. Then place back in the socket in your mouth and seek advice from your dentist.
  • Alternatively place the tooth in milk, contact lens solution or normal saline and seek dental advice as soon as possible.
  • If your tooth was knocked out playing sports, ask your dentist about custom-made sports mouth guards to minimise the risk of sports injuries.

Bleeding after having a tooth removed

Sometimes when you've had an extraction, although it may have stopped bleeding in the surgery, it can start again later on. If this happens, roll up a clean cotton handkerchief (not a tissue) and bite on the area for 15-20 minutes while sitting in an upright position. Avoid exercise and alcohol.

If the bleeding continues:

  • During normal working hours, ring the dentist where the extraction was performed.
  • Outside of normal working hours, ring the emergency dental service on 111.
  • Go to your local Accident and Emergency department only if the bleeding is severe.