Do You Have a Dental Emergency?

Dental pain can be very distressing, not least because you are often worried about what is causing the discomfort.  Whether it is your teeth, gums, jaws or mouth, there are many different issues which can cause you pain, but how do you know you are having a dental emergency?

As with any pain, you are the best judge of what does and doesn’t feel right, so if you are at all concerned we implore you to get in touch with an emergency dentist as soon as possible. Luckily, here at Riverside Dental Spa we offer an emergency dental service, helping you to deal with sudden pain and discomfort as quickly as possible.

What is Considered a Dental Emergency?

To help you manage your dental issues and decide whether you need a trip to the dentist as soon as possible, here are a few examples of dental emergencies where we would advise you to contact us without delay:

  • Pain in your teeth, gums or mouth that is stopping you from sleeping or carrying out your daily activities.
  • Swelling of your gum, cheek or face which is spreading
  • Bleeding following a tooth extraction that won’t stop when biting down into a tissue or hankie
  • Dental pain which is not getting better despite you following self care instructions at home
  • Knocked out tooth
  • Broken tooth which is causing pain or damage to your cheek or tongue

If you are experiencing any of the above problems please call us on 020 7091 0677 to book an emergency appointment or listen to the out-of-hours instructions on our answer phone.

Now for the extremely important bit, if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms we advise you to go straight to your local A&E:

! Rapid or uncontrollable bleeding from your mouth

! Pain or trauma which is causing vomiting, unconsciousness or double vision

! Swelling which is affecting your ability to breathe or swallow

Dental Pain Self Care Tips

If you are suffering from toothache, mouth pain, bleeding gums or mouth ulcers you can follow these self care tips at home.


  • Avoid very hot or cold foods and drinks
  • Take over the counter painkillers such as paracetamol
  • Avoid sugary or acidic foods and drinks
  • Brush your teeth and floss as thoroughly as you can
  • Keep your head elevated at night
  • Apply a cold compress to your cheek on the affected side

Bleeding gums:

  • Clean thoroughly in between your teeth with floss or interdental brushes
  • Brush the teeth twice a day
  • Remember to attend your regular dental appointments

Wisdom tooth pain:

  • Rinse the affected area regularly with hot salt water
  • Use over the counter mouthwash such as Corsodyl
  • Take over the counter painkillers such as paracetamol
  • Brush your teeth and floss as thoroughly as you can

Pain when biting:

  • Avoid hard and chewy foods such as nuts, popcorn, sweets, crunchy bread and meat
  • Use the other side of your mouth for chewing
  • Take over the counter painkillers such as paracetamol

If the problems persist or worsen please contact us.

We’re open for all emergency dental appointments

If you think you have a dental emergency, call Riverside Dental Spa today on 020 7091 0677. Don’t suffer at home, speak to our dental team today and we can arrange to see you as soon as possible to help relieve your pain and make you feel more comfortable again.