Emergency Dental Appointments, IOW
If you have severe toothache, call us on 01983 759567.
Many of our patients contact us for the first time due to a dental emergency.
This could be:
We want to help you as quickly as possible. If you are experiencing severe toothache this will generally be the same day that you call.
At your emergency appointment we will assess your problem and provide treatments to give you rapid relief. These may include:
Or of course come in and arrange an appointment with the receptionist.
When we see you for an emergency appointment we will need to gather some information about you so that we can provide the most appropriate care. As well as contact details we’ll ask you to fill in a medical history form. We may take photographs of your teeth and x-rays and look at the rest of your mouth to check there is nothing else that may be involved with your problem. All this takes time and you should expect to be at the practice for up to two hours.
At the end of your appointment we will advise you what action you should take next. If, for example, you are on holiday we will prepare a letter for your own dentist explaining what has been done at the emergency appointment and include copies of any x-rays we may have taken. If you do not have a regular dentist we will invite you to make an appointment for a thorough examination in order to reduce the risk of further dental emergencies arising in the future.
Fees For Emergency Appointments for patients of other practices or patients without regular dentists:
Same Day Emergency Appointment including any treatments necessary to relieve pain and any other temporary treatments provided: £200.00
Emergency Appointment Within 5 Days: £45.00+cost of treatments provided (A full estimate of treatment costs will be given in advance of treatment being carried out)
Patients with non-urgent problems wishing to join the practice who have booked a Full New Patient Examination will generally not be charged extra for investigation of the problem or temporary treatments necessary to allay it.
If you are concerned about changes to the soft tissues of your mouth (lips, cheeks, tongue etc including red or white patches, ulcers that have not healed within 3 weeks, lumps of no obvious cause or changes of texture of the skin inside your mouth) we will be happy to carry out an examination at NO CHARGE.
It always seems to come at the worst time. On holiday, during a special occasion, even, heaven forbid, at Christmas! Sometimes dental emergencies are unavoidable, but very often they can be prevented simply by ensuring our mouths stay healthy. The best way of ensuring this is to make sure our dentist regularly carries out a full and thorough examination. A full examination takes a bit of time. It can’t be completed in a minute or two.
Typically a full examination consists of:
Mouth cancer screening. Mouth cancer is the most rapidly-increasing form of the disease in the UK. Patients over 18 benefit from being screened at least once each year. Early detection saves lives! Mouth cancer identified early can be treated much more simply than when it is discovered late, and early treatment carries a far better chance of survival.
Soft Tissue Screening. It isn’t only mouth cancer that causes problems. The skin of the mouth can suffer from a variety of other conditions that may need attention to stop them getting worse.
Gum Screening. More teeth are extracted in the UK because of gum disease than because of any other cause. Gum disease takes years to develop but can eventually end with pain, abscesses and swelling.
Examination of the Teeth. Each tooth has 5 surfaces where decay can start. That’s up to 140 surfaces for the dentist to look at in the average patient!
X-Ray Examination. X-rays show the areas you can’t see with the naked eye. They can identify small problems before they become big ones!
Other Tests. Is that discoloured tooth still alive? Might it be developing an abscess? Does that crown look tight or is it on the point of falling off? Is that just staining or is it tooth decay? These and other issues are considered at a full exam.
Clinical Photographs. To help you see any problems with your teeth and to act as a record for comparison in the future.
A modern dental examination is much more than ‘just a check-up’. It can make the difference between a lifetime of dental health or continual problems and unexpected emergencies.
Prevention really is better than cure and prevention starts with a full examination.
A full new patient consultation at Avenue Road Dental Practice costs £55.00 and includes all the things listed above. In addition we look at your general health and tailor your treatments with your well-being in mind. We try to get to know you and listen to your concerns.
Our aim is to provide you with a service which is comfortable, convenient and designed to keep you healthy. Everybody has enough worries; don’t let unexpected toothache be one of them!