How to deal with a dental emergency


Should you have dental emergency in the run up to Christmas, we are open as normal until Thursday 24th December at 1pm. Please ring the surgery before 10am, we have a number of emergency slots available every day, but these are filled on a first come first served basis. By ringing early, we can ensure that you are seen and treated as quickly as possible.

We will then be closed until Monday 4th January when we will reopen at 9am.

Should you have a dental emergency while we are closed please ring the practice on 01255 220322, the answer phone will have details of how to access emergency treatment.


All our Denplan patients will be expected to pay an initial fee of £20 for the call out, but the rest of the service and treatment is covered under their Denplan Supplementary insurance. For Private patients there will be a £150 call out charge and any treatment charged on top of this.

For Denplan patients who are away from home. Please contact the Denplan Emergency line on 0800 844999 if within the UK. Denplan will then help to find you a suitable dentist within the local area to help you. A great reason to join Denplan and ensure that you are covered for dental emergencies across the world.

We hope that your Christmas is trouble free, but in case you do have a problem over the festive period Mrs Robinson has put together some tips to help deal with some common dental emergencies:


Knocked out tooth

For a knocked out permanent tooth, try to replace the tooth straight back in the socket, being careful not to touch the root. If not possible, place in a container of body temperature milk and then get to the dentist straight away. The tooth has the greatest chance of survival if it is replanted within an hour of the accident.

Cracked or broken tooth

For a cracked tooth, rinse your mouth with warm water to remove any tooth particles that may have broken away and place a cold compress on your cheek to reduce any swelling.


For toothaches, rinse your mouth with warm water and then use interdental cleaning aids to remove any food that may have become trapped between your teeth, as this may be making the problem worse. A cold compress and over the counter painkillers can help to alleviate the pain.


Trapped food

If you get something stuck between your teeth, do not try and remove it with a sharp or pointed object as this can cause damage to the teeth and gums. Be sure to use a dedicated interdental cleaning aid such as floss or interdental brushes.

If you have any problems over the festive period do not hesitate to contact the surgery for help and advice.

Mrs Robinson and all the team at Valley Dental Practice would like to take this opportunity to wish all our patients a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We look forward to seeing you all in 2021.

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