The following situations are classed as an emergency which require patients to be seen urgently (within hours):
- Excessive bleeding following an extraction
- A severe swelling which is encroaching on the airway space
- Direct tooth trauma following an accident
In the event of any of these situations please contact the practice immediately on 0191 222 0725 or if it is out of normal surgery hours please call NHS 111 or if you are a Denplan patient please call 0800 844 999.
The following situations are classified as less urgent but it is desirable to be seen within 48 hours:
- Continuous toothache not relieved with regular pain relief medications
- Broken tooth/filling which is sharp and causing tongue ulceration
- Lost crown or temporary crown
- Lost filling at the front of the mouth
Please contact the practice and you will be offered a toothache slot within 48 hours.
The following situations are non urgent but require attention within 7-10 days:
- Lost filling, no pain
- Bleeding gums on brushing
- Sensitivity to hot/cold or sweet stimuli
- Occasional pain on biting
- Lost temporary filling
Please contact the practice and you will be offered the next available appointment.
Most dental pain is inflammatory in nature and can be relieved with the use of paracetamol in conjunction with a Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drug (e.g ibuprofen).
The use of a warm salt and water mouthwash, or Corsodyl mouthwash can help relieve the discomfort of a dental abscess swelling. Avoid extremes of temperature and biting on the affected area.
Newcastle upon Tyne