When to Call the Emergency Dentist, and What She or He Can Do

ToothacheDental emergencies can be both scary and painful. They also don’t keep to any regular schedule, as likely to occur in the middle of the night as they are during the day, so it is important to contact an emergency dentist at the earliest possible opportunity.

The Evergreen Dental Centre in Reading offers same-day emergency dentist appointments whenever possible, both to existing patients of the practice and those who are visiting the area. An emergency dentist’s key priority will always be to get you out of pain, as well as to treat anything that poses a risk of further damage – rough edges on a broken tooth that could cut your tongue or cheeks, for example.

Often, you will need to return to the dental practice at a later date to fully cure a condition, because it is simply not possible to do it all in one appointment. For example, if you have an infected tooth that is causing you pain, your dentist will endeavour to get rid of your pain at the first visit, but you may need to return to complete root canal treatment.

Common dental emergencies

Knocked out teeth

Teeth can be knocked out relatively easily through accidents or injuries involving the head and face. This could be a sporting mishap, a road traffic accident, or a fall. Often, a dentist can reimplant your tooth and temporarily bind it to adjacent teeth for support, so bring your tooth (covered in milk or your own saliva) to your emergency dental appointment if you still have it.

Dentists also have many modern options for tooth replacement, should the tooth be entirely lost. Whilst tooth replacement will take place at a later appointment, your dentist may x-ray your jaw to make sure no root fragments have been left in the gum.


Never ignore a toothache – it won’t get better on its own. When toothache becomes severe, you need an emergency dentist. It is often a sign of infection, but can also be caused by tooth decay.

Your dentist may be able to treat and fill a decayed tooth in a single appointment, whilst infection takes two or more appointments to cure.