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Dental emergencies

If you are experiencing unusual or excessive bleeding, trauma or swelling, seek help immediately by calling 111.

Emergency dental appointments and advice

Emergency appointments during working hours

01305 761111

Melcombe Avenue Dental Practice 3 Melcombe Avenue Weymouth DT4 7TB

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

Emergency treatment outside working hours


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.

Urgent appointments for non-registered patients

Our ability to offer emergency treatment for non-registered patients will depend on the level of demand from registered patients, who will always be given priority. We make no guarantee that a non-registered patient will be given an appointment. A private charge will apply for this service.

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Dental emergency FAQs

What should I do if I have toothache?

Keep your mouth clean 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 Melcombe Avenue Dental Practice to book your emergency appointment.

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

Hold the tooth by the crown, not the root end, and try and rinse it clean, but don’t scrub it. Do not remove any attached fragments of tissue. If you can, 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. Doing this within five minutes means your tooth is 85% more likely to survive, compared to very few teeth that are stored dry and reimplanted after an hour. 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 team at Melcombe Avenue Dental Practice.

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

Don’t attempt to put the 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. If you can, submerge the knocked-out baby tooth in milk until you can get to your dentist.

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

Ring Melcombe Avenue Dental Practice and we will see you as soon as possible to decide on the best course of emergency action. This could include filing the tooth down so that it is smooth, rebuilding it with a resin material, or removing it. We’ll advise you on your options for tooth restoration if required.

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

If you can’t remove the object yourself using dental floss, contact Melcombe Avenue Dental Practice immediately. Do not attempt to remove the object with anything sharp, like a pin, as you’ll risk hurting your gums or damaging the tooth enamel.

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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 Melcombe Avenue Dental Practice. Never cut the wire, as you could end up swallowing or inhaling it.

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