We aim to see all registered patients in pain on the same day, during working hours, please contact us as early as possible to arrange for us to see you.
If you have severe pain, uncontrolled bleeding or swelling and it is out of working hours, please call the practice number 01275 842 550 and listen to the instructions.
There is a £200 call out charge to see a dentist and this includes basic treatment. Members of the practice do not pay this fee.
For specific first aid dental advice please click on the 'Read
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Knocked out tooth - Avulsed Tooth
An avulsed tooth is a tooth that has been knocked out of its socket,
this means it is either totally out and lying on the floor, or is
hanging in the mouth by the nerve or thinly attached piece of tissue.
If the tooth is still in place but loose or dislodged then this is not
totally avulsed and the treatment is slightly different.
It is also worth noting that the information below is for an adult
tooth, children's teeth (deciduous) teeth are often knocked out much
more easily but the implications are far less sever as they will have
their adult teeth underneath. We'd still recommend visiting a dentist,
but it is not normally an emergency and applying pressure to the
bleeding socket will normally be sufficient along with some pain killers
appropriate to the child age.
Replacing a knocked out or avulsed tooth
The first thing to assess is the tooth itself, if it is shattered
then replacing it will be difficult. However if it is in one piece it is
often possible to replace it.
If the tooth has shattered, then try to gather together all the
pieces together and keep them in water to prevent them drying out. Then
call us for an emergency appointment. We may be able to replant the
tooth, but worst case is that the pieces can be used to help us as a
guide when making a replacement tooth for you.
So what do you do?
If the tooth is in one piece pick it up by the crown, avoiding the
root as this can easily be damaged. Make sure it is oriented the correct
way round, then try to place it back in to the patients mouth in the
correct place. This is often difficult due to bleeding, swelling or other
facial injuries... but it is the ideal option.
Once the tooth is back in place, make a pad of gauze and ask the
patient to gently bite together, this will keep the tooth in place. You
now need to get to a dentist straight away for treatment.
If the tooth can't be replanted then you have 2 options:
- Keep the tooth in your mouth and store it between your teeth and
cheek, this is the best place as it is bathed in the patient's own
- Place it in a cup of milk for transport
Then make an appointment with an emergency dentist as soon as
Please don't try to clean the tooth with antiseptic or other
cleansing agent as this can damage the tooth making an future implanting
by us impossible.
How do I stop the gum socket from bleeding?
Your teeth and gums have a healthy supply of blood, so it is normal for
the socket to bleed quite a lot after a tooth has been knocked out or
To control this bleeding simply place a pad of gauze over the socket
and ask the patient to bite down on it. You will need to keep this in
position for around 10 minutes in order to allow the blood to clot and
the bleeding to stop.
Once the bleeding is controlled you can replant the tooth if the
swelling and other possible facial injuries allow.