Dental Emergency

Having a dental emergency is a nightmare.

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Dental Emergency Overview

Since you are already in pain and under stress, when you contact Dame Street Dental with an urgent dental
problem we will always prioritise finding you the soonest, most convenient opening in our schedule, so you
can get back to feeling like yourself in no time! From the moment you contact us regarding any dental
emergency, our knowledgeable reception team can confirm a speedy emergency appointment for you
directly, and our expert clinical team - who are trained and extensively experienced in emergency dentistry
- will provide you with the first class treatment that you need.

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What are Dental Emergencies?

Anything including a dental injury or trauma, a fractured tooth, a toothache, or a dental infection is rightly considered an emergency - and they all require timely and immediate action.

Common emergency situations include:

  • Sudden or persistent toothache, especially if combined with swelling or fever
  • Chipped or fractured teeth
  • Uncontrolled bleeding following an extraction, or bleeding following dental trauma
  • Dental or jaw trauma; a tooth being knocked out or loosened
  • Infections or abscesses (a painful, swollen pocket of pus on the gums or felt below the gumline)

If you are experiencing a dental emergency, please call our dedicated reception team today on 01 525 2670 for advice and to be offered the soonest available urgent care appointment.


Our Advice In-Surgery Consultation

Your dentist will first prioritise reducing your pain, often through the application
of local dental anaesthetic. Once you are comfortable, they will carry out a full
examination of your area of concern, and advise you of the best course of
treatment that can be carried out there and then. With your consent your
dentist will then proceed with this emergency treatment right away. Our goal
is not just to resolve your immediate symptoms and get you out of pain. We
prioritise treating and resolving as much of your underlying dental issue as
possible during your emergency appointment, not later.

Your emergency treatment also includes any prescription - for example for an
antibiotic or pain relief - that is required as part of your treatment.


Next Steps

Following your urgent care and the beginning or resolution of your treatment,
your dentist will assess your overall oral health situation, identifying any factors
which contributed to your dental emergency. This allows them to prepare a full
treatment plan for any further treatment or procedures which you require to fully
resolve the issue.

Our dentists always include a full breakdown of total costs in your individual
treatment plan. We believe in making quality dental care accessible to all, so
we provide a number of payment plan options. You can choose to spread the
cost of treatment out over time, and easily incorporate your dental plan into a
schedule that best suits your budget, needs, and lifestyle.

Questions? Answers.

How soon can I be seen for Emergency Dentistry?

Call us at Dame Street Dental as soon as your dental problem causes you any pain, trouble, or alarm and we will aim to see you on the same day.

What can I do about my dental pain?

Any dental pain can be extremely debilitating. At Dame Street Dental we recommend calling us to make an emergency appointment as soon as toothache, damage or loosening of a tooth, or insistent jaw or facial pain becomes evident and troubling. We will aim to see you and resolve your problem on the same day.

In the time before your emergency appointment, some patients can find rinsing the mouth with warm, salty water to be soothing for radiating toothache, if easing the discomfort with over-the-counter pain medication is not providing relief. 

Should I attend an emergency dentist or A&E?

If you are experiencing severe dental damage, fracture or trauma, the discomfort of tooth or gum pain, or facial swelling, our specially trained and experienced emergency dental team will be able to resolve this issue for you during an urgent care appointment. 

However, we recommend urgent attendance at your nearest A&E department if you notice any of the following symptoms: 

  • Dental trauma from an injury that is also accompanied by symptoms of severe head injury such as bleeding from the nose or ears, or cuts or lacerations to your tongue, cheek, or jaw
  • Experiencing blackouts, loss of consciousness, double vision, or vomiting following an injury to the face
  • Facial swelling that obstructs or may obstruct the airway, or in any way makes breathing difficult
I knocked out my tooth, what should I do?

In the event of your tooth being knocked out or loosened by dental trauma, damage or injury, it is essential to reimplant the tooth as soon as possible. Call us now and let us know what happened, and you will be booked in for an emergency consultation today. 

While you wait, try your best to locate the tooth, and gently replace it into the socket, being careful to hold the tooth by the crown and avoid touching the root. For an adult tooth that has been knocked out in this way and then stored correctly, there is a chance for the tooth to be successfully replanted into the gum. Bite down on a cotton pad, using pressure to keep the pad and tooth in position. If you don’t feel comfortable reinserting the tooth at home, please place it into a container of milk (not regular tap water or bottled water) before calling our clinic, and we will arrange to see you as soon as possible. 

Is a lost crown or bridge a dental emergency?

A dental crown or bridge becoming lost or loose can indeed be a dental emergency, however you will be relieved to hear, rarely an urgent one. If your crown has shifted or come off, it is best to have it replaced as soon as possible to avoid the risk of fracture of the remaining tooth structure. Call Dame Street Dental today and make an appointment to replace your crown or bridge.

Is a dental abscess an emergency?

Yes, a dental abscess is a true dental emergency. Even an early-stage dental abscess can often be extremely painful, so we always strongly advise that you call us to book an emergency appointment at Dame Street Dental as soon as you notice any kind of dental abscess, to have the problem sorted out sooner rather than later.

An abscess is a localised infection - which looks like a painful, swollen pocket of pus on the gums or felt below the gumline. If left untreated, it has the potential to rapidly spread, causing difficulty with speech and breathing, and even in some cases spreading to other bodily systems via the circulatory system. 

How much does an emergency visit cost?

At Dame Street Dental an Emergency Consultation is charged at €50. 

This includes the exam; any same day pain relief that is needed; and the issuing of any prescriptions you may need as part of your treatment. The additional cost of your total treatment will depend on the problem that you have presented with, and what treatment or procedures you will need to have carried out. Your dentist will always discuss everything with you first. 

You can also find further information regarding our general and specialist fees on our website. One of our available plans allows you to pay for your treatment monthly, with absolutely no down payment required and at 0% interest! Our clinical and front of house teams will be happy to go through the available payment plan options which we offer to suit all treatment needs, lifestyles, and budgets. 

Why should I choose Dame Street Dental for my emergency appointment?

At Dame Street Dental we understand the alarm that comes with a dental emergency, whether you’ve had a sudden tooth breakage at the worst possible moment, or a loved one is suffering from an all-encompassing toothache.

Our industry-leading clinic has been there for patients 7 days a week, 365 days a year, and has treated thousands of patients suffering from all kinds of dental emergencies. Our same day emergency appointments allow you to get out of pain today, while our expert and friendly staff have an eye on your ongoing and overall oral healthcare needs.