Emergency treatment

If you’ve suddenly injured your teeth or have toothache, it’s easy to panic. We’ll fit you in for an emergency dental procedure at one of our emergency dentists in Fleetwood or Cleveleys. If it’s out of hours, you’ll be directed to an emergency dentists’ number and given instructions.

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An abscess is an area of pus that’s formed by an infection. When you get an abscess, your immune system strikes back and sends white blood cells to the area to remove the bacteria. What you’ll notice most is the intense pain. Naturally, emergency dentist procedures are vital. The abscess might drain or the pain go away, but you must visit your emergency dentist, who will deal with the infection in the appropriate way.

Wisdom teeth

Another reason for an emergency dentist procedure is the emergence of wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth usually grow in early adulthood – they’re molars at the very back of your mouth and you could have up to four (one in each corner), although some people never get them.

Wisdom teeth in most cases don’t create many problems and can stay in place. But if you don’t have enough room for your wisdom teeth and they become impacted, an emergency dentist procedure will be required, as they will be painful or infected.

Your emergency dentist will carry out a procedure to surgically remove your wisdom teeth, which should relieve your symptoms.

Root canal treatment

Root canal treatment is an emergency dentist procedure required when the blood or nerve supply of the tooth gets infected. If the nerve of the tooth dies, you’ll need root canal treatment or you could develop an abscess.

Broken teeth

If you have a broken tooth, you’ll need an emergency dentist procedure. Broken teeth can hurt because the nerve can be damaged, which can be painful when it’s exposed to hot or cold drinks. With broken teeth, always book in for an emergency dentist procedure.

Pain Relief

For immediate relief from most facial pain we advise simple over the counter medicines such as paracetamol and ibuprofen, to give some comfort until you can attend you dentist for a full diagnosis and appropriate treatment. These are available from most chemists and supermarkets, always read the manufacturers instructions.If the pain is following a tooth extraction or surgery, aspirin should be avoided as this can encourage bleeding.

Avoid placing a hot water bottle or heat pad onto the face, as although this can alleviate pain, can cause infections to expand leading to increased swelling. Cool drinks or a cold compress can reduce swelling and are advised. For ulcers and burns, warm salt water mouthwashes can heal small lesions quickly. For gum related problems, clean the area thoroughly with simple toothbrushing, interdental aids and use of Chlorhexidine Mouthwash.

An appointment should be made with your dental professional as soon as possible to assess the cause of pain.

Coronavirus and Lockdown:


We are committed to  protecting our staff and patients, and have adapted our existing practices to make it as Covid secure as possible. There has been lots to do, from social distancing measures, to obtaining enhanced PPE, and adapting your patient journey experience.

We’ve now re-opened our practices, giving priority to patients with dental emergencies such as pain, and swelling first, and are now pleased to offer more routine treatments and services. 

We are screening all patients for symptoms of Covid-19 prior to their visit, and are delighted to introduce our online patient portal, so you can access the forms we would routinely update in the comfort of your own home. This helps us reduce the number of patients in the practice and your time during face to face appointments.

For advice and treatment outside of our normal working hours please phone The Lancashire Dental Helpline on 0300 1234 080.

We have provided some emergency care advice for our patients to help:

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