Emergencies

Emergency advice and urgent appointments in LS18

Dental emergencies

If you are experiencing unusual or excessive bleeding, trauma or swelling, seek help immediately. Important – If you suspect a dental infection and are experiencing symptoms of nausea or fever please call 111 or your local A&E department immediately. Sepsis resulting from a dental infection can be life threatening and urgent treatment is required.

Call us during working hours and we will do everything we can to see you as soon as possible.

Call the NHS out of hours – their 111 service is staffed by experienced advisers and healthcare professionals who will be able to direct you towards the best course of action. This could be an emergency dentist, a late-night pharmacy, a walk-in centre or even A&E.

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Non-emergency urgent appointments

Common problems that may require urgent attention include toothache, lost fillings, broken crowns and issues with dentures. Please call us for availability and we do our best to see you as soon as possible.

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FAQs

What should I do if I have swollen gums and a fever?

If you’re experiencing swollen gum accompanied by fever, please call us immediately as this is the sign of an infection. Your mouth is the portal to the rest of your body, an oral infection can potentially lead to sepsis – a life-threatening condition.
If you are unable to contact the surgery then please phone 111 or your local A&E department immediately.

What should I do if I have toothache?

Clean your mouth by rinsing it with warm water. If it is swollen, place a cold compress on your cheek. Take paracetamol or ibuprofen for the pain. NEVER put aspirin or any other painkiller directly on the gum – this will actually cause burns. Then call Horsforth Dental to arrange an appointment as soon as possible.

What do I do if a permanent tooth has been knocked out?

Speed is of the essence here – your adult tooth will be 85 percent more likely to survive if you can carefully place it back in the socket, compared to very few teeth that are stored dry and reimplanted after an hour. Find the tooth, and clean it by holding it at the crown end – don’t touch the root end. Rinse it clean, but don’t scrub it. Do not remove any attached fragments of tissue. Try and put the tooth back in its place, ensuring it is facing the right way, and bite on a clean towel to hold it there. If you can’t put the tooth back in place, submerge it in a cup of milk. If you don’t have milk, salty water is also effective. You’ll be seen as soon as possible by the Horsforth team.

What do I do if my child’s milk tooth has been knocked out?

Do not try and put a milk tooth back in its socket, as this could risk damaging the permanent tooth underneath. Instead, try and stop the bleeding by applying gentle pressure with gauze or a muslin for around 10 minutes. Give your child paracetamol or ibuprofen for the pain, but never place aspirin or any other painkiller directly on the gums, as this can cause them to burn. Call Horsforth Dental in office hours, or 111 out of hours, if you need further advice on what to do.

What do I do if I have broken or chipped a tooth?

We will see you as soon as possible to decide on the best course of action. This could include smoothing the tooth down, rebuilding it with composite, or extracting it.

What do I do if something is stuck between my teeth?

Have a go at removing the object yourself using dental floss, and if this doesn’t work, give the practice call. Do not attempt to remove the object with anything sharp, like a pin, as you’ll risk damaging your tooth enamel or injuring your gums.

What do I do if my braces have broken?

If a brace wire has come loose, try using the rubber end of a pencil to push it into a more comfortable position. If this isn’t possible, try covering the wire with dental wax, a small cotton ball or a piece of gauze until you can get to the practice. Don’t be tempted to cut the wire – you’ll risk inhaling or swallowing it.

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