Most dental practices are closed over the Christmas holidays. Some practices are even closed between Christmas and New Year. So what do you do if you have a toothache and need an emergency dentist while your dental practice is closed? The first thing to do is to call your normal dental practice. If you do not have a dentist, phone a local dental surgery. You might be surprised and there may be someone there to take your call. If the practice is closed, there will normally be a message telling you what to do in the case of an emergency.
If you are stuck with a toothache, call the NHS 111 service. 111 is a non-emergency number. This service is open every day of the year and there are advisors available who will be able to tell you how to get an appointment with a dentist.
If you have a private dentist, call them. If they aren’t open, there should be information on how you can get a dental appointment out of hours.
If you have toothache, we may be able to help. Our article will help you to work out what might be causing the pain. You can see which symptoms you have and match them to the possible causes.
If you are in pain while waiting to see an emergency dentist, it may help to take pain killers. Take whatever you would normally take for a headache. Only take painkillers that you have taken before and you know suit you. Only take painkillers as instructed on the box. If you are unsure if you can take painkillers, you must consult a doctor.
- If you develop a facial swelling, you may need to visit Accident and Emergency (A and E).
- If you have suffered facial injuries or you are bleeding heavily, you may also need to visit an Accident and Emergency department.
- If you need advice, call the NHS on 111. In the case of an emergency, call 999.
If you need advice while your dentist is closed, please feel free to send us a message through our Facebook page or through the contact form on our website.