Managing dental problems at home

If you can't get to a dentist ,these measures will help you to understand where to access care if you’re in pain, and support you in managing minor symptoms at home. 

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Treat at home, or call usual dental practice for further advice

  • Loose or lost crowns, bridges or veneers.

  • Broken, rubbing or loose dentures

  • Bleeding gums.

  • Broken, lose or lost fillings

  • Chipped teeth with no pain

  • Loose orthodontic wires


Call your usual dental practice for advice first

  • Facial swelling extending to eye or neck.

  • Bleeding following an extraction that does not stop after 20 mins solid pressure with gauze/clean hankie. A small amount of oozing is normal, just like if you had a grazed knee.

  • Bleeding due to trauma.

  • Trauma resulting in a tooth being knocked out of the socket, or a large fracture resulting from trauma and causing severe pain.

  • Significant toothache preventing sleep or eating, associated with significant swelling, or fever that cannot be managed with painkillers.

Straight to A&E

  • Facial swelling affecting vision or breathing preventing mouth opening more than 2 fingers width.

  • Trauma causing loss of consciousness, double vision or vomiting.