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Emergency Dentistry Guide

What is emergency dental care?

Emergency dental care can include advice given over the phone, during a consultation, or prompt medical treatment arranged with an emergency dentist or one who runs an after-hours dental service or a 24-hour service.


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Emergency dental care: treating a dental emergency

Some dental problems need immediate attention by a dentist; they cannot wait, even if the dental emergency arises in the middle of the night or at a weekend. Emergency dental care is vital if you have:

  • Knocked a tooth completely out of its socket in an accident

  • Knocked a tooth out of place, causing bleeding to the gum and a loose tooth

  • A severe tooth abscess or infection that is causing obvious swelling as well as pain