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Emergency Dentist in Portishead

Needing emergency treatment

We aim to see all registered patients in pain on the same day, during working hours, please contact us as early as possible to arrange for us to see you.

If you have severe pain, uncontrolled bleeding or swelling and it is out of working hours, please call the practice number 01275 842 550 and listen to the instructions.

There is a £200 call out charge to see a dentist and this includes basic treatment. Members of the practice do not pay this fee.

Knocked out tooth - Avulsed Tooth

An avulsed tooth is a tooth that has been knocked out of its socket, this means it is either totally out and lying on the floor, or is hanging in the mouth by the nerve or thinly attached piece of tissue. If the tooth is still in place but loose or dislodged then this is not totally avulsed and the treatment is slightly different.

It is also worth noting that the information below is for an adult tooth, children’s teeth (deciduous) teeth are often knocked out much more easily but the implications are far less sever as they will have their adult teeth underneath. We’d still recommend visiting a dentist, but it is not normally an emergency and applying pressure to the bleeding socket will normally be sufficient along with some pain killers appropriate to the child age.

Replacing a knocked out or avulsed tooth

The first thing to assess is the tooth itself, if it is shattered then replacing it will be difficult. However if it is in one piece it is often possible to replace it.

If the tooth has shattered, then try to gather together all the pieces together and keep them in water to prevent them drying out. Then call us for an emergency appointment. We may be able to replant the tooth, but worst case is that the pieces can be used to help us as a guide when making a replacement tooth for you.


  • What do I do if my tooth has been knocked out?

    If the tooth is in one piece pick it up by the crown, avoiding the root as this can easily be damaged. Make sure it is oriented the correct way round, then try to place it back in to the patients mouth in the correct place. This is often difficult due to bleeding, swelling or other facial injuries… but it is the ideal option.

    Once the tooth is back in place, make a pad of gauze and ask the patient to gently bite together, this will keep the tooth in place. You now need to get to a dentist straight away for treatment.

    If the tooth can’t be replanted then you have 2 options:

    1. Keep the tooth in your mouth and store it between your teeth and cheek, this is the best place as it is bathed in the patient’s own saliva
    2. Place it in a cup of milk for transport Then make an appointment with an emergency dentist as soon as possible.

    Please don’t try to clean the tooth with antiseptic or other cleansing agent as this can damage the tooth making an future implanting by us impossible.

  • How do I stop the gum socket from bleeding?

    Your teeth and gums have a healthy supply of blood, so it is normal for the socket to bleed quite a lot after a tooth has been knocked out or avulsed.

    To control this bleeding simply place a pad of gauze over the socket and ask the patient to bite down on it. You will need to keep this in position for around 10 minutes in order to allow the blood to clot and the bleeding to stop.

    Once the bleeding is controlled you can replant the tooth if the swelling and other possible facial injuries allow.