Emergency dental treatment is provided by our Oral Diagnosis Clinic (which used to be called the Dental A&E department). The clinic offers emergency treatment for patients with acute/serious mouth or dental problems. It is also able to treat a limited number of patients with toothache.
The clinic is open from 8.15am to 5pm (except on public holidays).
Patients we can see at the clinic are:
Patients with mouth or dental problems requiring emergency treatment
The following groups of patients are accepted for emergency dental treatment:
- Patients who have suffered trauma to their teeth/mouth as a result of an accident or injury
- Patients with a swelling of the face/jaws (e.g. due to a dental abscess)
- Patients who have bleeding from their mouth (e.g. following removal of a tooth)
- Patients with toothache who have serious medical conditions or disabilities that prevent them being treated by dentists outside the hospital
- Patients who have severe or persistent ulceration of the mouth.
Patients with toothache or other dental problems
- The Oral Diagnosis Clinic is able to treat a limited number of patients with toothache
- The number of patients seen with toothache depends on the availability of senior students and dentists
- Patients seen in the clinic with toothache are usually given an appointment time for treatment, which may be on another day
- The Oral Diagnosis Clinic is not able to treat patients who have lost fillings, dentures or crowns.
Other emergency options
- If you are currently undergoing treatment with a dentist then please contact your dentist, who is obliged to provide you with access to emergency dental care
- Please contact your local Primary Care Trust (PCT) – it is their responsibility to help you find a dentist who will be able to treat toothache or other dental problems. You can also click to find out about local dentists
- Out of hours emergency cover (for patients already being treated at the Dental Hospital). If you are registered and currently being treated at the Dental Hospital and you subsequently experience any urgent post-operative difficulty after 5pm, an on-call dentist is available to give advice or provide emergency treatment. Please telephone 0151 706 2000 and ask to be put through to the emergency nurse practitioner on ext 2056. You should then state that you have been receiving treatment at the Dental Hospital and need to contact the on-call dentist or urgent advice and/or treatment.