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Emergency and out-of-Hours Care

If you have a dental emergency, telephone reception, where possible, during opening hours.

We advise you are seen by a dentist as soon as you can.

If you require urgent care, and you are a registered patient, you will be given advice to help manage the symptoms and seen within 24 hours.

If you have a dental emergency when the practice is not open, please phone NHS 24 on 111.

If your mouth is bleeding or if you suffered a traumatic injury to your mouth/face please contact your nearest accident & emergency department to have it assessed without delay. When the practice re-opens please contact us for further assessment.

Advise for the following problems:

Mild toothache / temperature sensitivity

Keep extremes of temperature away from your affected teeth. Consider taking paracetamol or ibuprofen, as long as you have no medical conditions contradicting use.

Try to make an appointment with a dentist within a week of problem starting.

Severe Toothache

We appreciate it is very distressing and unpleasant. Consider taking paracetamol or ibuprofen, as long as you have no medical conditions contradicting use. 

Contact the practice as soon as possible and we will try to see you as soon as possible.

Crown out

We appreciate this can be embarrassing if it is a front tooth. Please contact the practice as soon as you can and we will try to recement it back in if possible. Out with our open hours you can try using dental denture fixative or over the counter temporary dental cement to keep it in until you can make an appointment with us. Do not use superglue or other non-dental cement as you can cause a lot of damage to your mouth and they are also toxic to use.

Trauma to teeth

Do not panic. If your tooth is knocked out

  1. Find the tooth. If it is a baby tooth do not re-insert. Do not touch the root of the tooth if possible.
  2. Lick the adult tooth clean or rinse in milk.
  3. Push the tooth back into position.
  4. Bite on a handkerchief to hold it into place.
  5. Go straight to a dentist if within office hours, ring ahead if possible. If out with office hours please phone NHS 24 on 111.

If it is not possible to put the tooth back into position please do the following:

  1. Store the tooth in milk or inside the cheek of the child beside their back teeth.
  2. Go straight to a dentist if within office hours, ring ahead if possible. If out with office hours please phone NHS 24 on 111.

The more quickly the tooth is replaced the more chance it has of surviving. Teeth that have been knocked out of their normal position also require urgent attention. Please also refer to the below websites for advice:

If your tooth is chipped please find the fragment and take it to your dentist. It can sometimes be recemented. If not, the tooth can often be rebuilt with a tooth coloured filling.

CALL US, in Lesmahagow, South Lanarkshire, to enquire further about our dentists.