Can I Get an Emergency Dentist Appointment if I’m Not Registered?
Dental emergencies can occur at any given moment. It could be untreated dental decay, which has developed into gum disease. Maybe a wisdom tooth got infected because bacteria became trapped in the area. Or, perhaps you have a throbbing toothache, which has not gone away after a whole week.
Whatever your tooth emergency, we would always advise you to book an emergency dentist appointment as early as possible, to resolve the problem, ease uncomfortable symptoms, and minimise any long-term complications.
You may be wondering, can I get an emergency dentist appointment if I’m not registered at a dental practice?
We will answer this question in this article, which we hope you find informative.
What counts as a dental emergency?
You should visit a dental professional as soon as possible if you have:
- uncontrollable dental haemorrhage following tooth extraction.
- rapidly increasing swelling around the throat or eye.
- excessive bleeding in the mouth.
- severe swelling of the gums, cheek, or face.
- an excruciating toothache, especially when eating or drinking, which does not go away after taking painkillers.
- had a tooth knocked out, due to a blow to the face.
- constant aching in your jaw, ears, neck or head.
- an abscess (build-up of pus that forms in the teeth or gums, caused by an infection).
- foul-smelling breath or an unpleasant taste in your mouth.
- pain or sensitivity to very hot or very cold foods.
- broken a crown.
You should call 999 or visit a walk-in Accident & Emergency centre if your toothache is accompanied by:
- difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, or chest pain.
- a fever (this could be a sign of infection spreading in your body).
- difficulty swallowing or speaking.
- blurry vision.
- nausea or vomiting.
- swollen neck glands.
Here at Didsbury Dental Practice, we frequently have people phoning our practice to ask us, ‘can I get an emergency dentist appointment if I’m not registered?’
Well, good news for those who are not currently registered at our practice!
To book an emergency appointment with us, it is not necessary for you to be an existing patient at our practice.
Didsbury Dental Practice has got you covered, at any time of day or night. Dental emergencies can be very painful, so we offer out-of-hours treatment because we know that dental problems don’t always stick to 9.00 am to 12.00 am.
Our emergency dental care service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including on Bank Holidays and Christmas Day.
We routinely receive calls from Manchester hotels to provide emergency dental care for their tourist guests
Whether you have a broken tooth, gum inflammation, or a tooth infection, our expert team of dental professionals can provide treatment for any type of dental emergency.
If you experience a dental emergency, simply call our dental emergency helpline on 0161 413 2509, or walk into our dental practice, and we will aim to see you as soon as possible.
What should I do if the dental practices near me don’t offer emergency appointments because I am not registered there?
Don’t just ignore your dental emergency. Seeking medical attention is always the right thing to do, as it is better to be safe, than sorry.
If you are experiencing a dental emergency out-of-hours, then you should call the NHS 111 service, or use their online service. The telephone operator will point you to the appropriate care. You may need a face-to-face appointment or further treatment, so you will be directed to the right course of action.
What does NOT count as a dental emergency?
These situations are not urgent, so you could potentially treat the problem by yourself, or book a routine check-up appointment with your dentist.
- Minor toothache.
- Small cavity.
- Dislodged crowns and bridges.
- Losing a filling.
- Broken dentures, braces, or orthodontic appliances.
- If you require surgical extractions (wisdom teeth) but are not in pain.
- Sensitive or bleeding gums.
- Mouth ulcers that have existed for less than 10 days.
- If you want a second opinion.
- If you want a cosmetic dentistry service, such as teeth whitening, teeth straightening, dental bonding or veneers.
What can I do if my child has a dental emergency?
As a parent, it can be distressing when your child experiences a tooth emergency. They may cry, become very upset, or constantly complain of pain and discomfort.
Follow these steps if your child has a tooth emergency:
- Stay calm. Your child may be irritable and upset if they have hurt themselves or lost a tooth. Be patient and speak to them in soothing, reassuring tones. Let them know that they are being really brave and they will feel better soon, after a visit to the dentist.
- Assess the situation and examine your child thoroughly. Look out for any facial swelling or bleeding. Take note of their symptoms, how they happened, and what makes them worse or better.
- Remove any objects from the child’s mouth, such as food, a dummy or a bottle.
- If your child is bleeding from the mouth, grab a clean gauze or paper towel and ask your child to bite down on it. You can also apply a cold compress to your child’s face.
- Make an emergency dental appointment for your child as soon as possible. The dentist will carry out a thorough examination and provide the necessary advice and treatment.
- If your child has lost a tooth, try to find the tooth and bring it with you to the emergency dental appointment. As you handle the tooth, do not touch the root, as this may contaminate it. Place the tooth in a container of milk to preserve it.
- If the problem is more serious, call 111, or take your child to A&E as soon as you can.
Read more articles like this
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- What Is Classified as Dental Emergency?
- Are Dental Emergencies Covered by the NHS?
- Why You Should Deal With a Dental Emergency Quickly
- How Quickly Can You Get Emergency Dental Treatment?
- What Treatments Can Emergency Dentists Do?
- Will Emergency Dentist Take Tooth Out?
- Can Emergency Dentist Prescribe Antibiotics?
- How Much is an Emergency Dentist?
- Is It Better to Go Private or NHS?
About Didsbury Dental Practice
We are a 24-hour emergency dentist in South Manchester. Our team is highly experienced, and we deliver a level of patient comfort like no other dental practice. Every patient is treated with the most sophisticated care in a truly relaxed atmosphere.
In addition, all our staff are multi-lingual. Languages spoken at our dental practice include German, French, Polish, Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi.
If you need an emergency appointment, call our dental emergency helpline on 0161 413 2835, or walk into our practice and we will aim to see you as soon as possible.
To learn more about Didsbury Dental Practice, visit our website here.
Check out our blog to read more articles on all things dental health.
We hope this article has provided the answer to the question, ‘can I get an emergency dentist appointment if I’m not registered?’