Have an emergency? Call us on 0121 357 5000 to make an appointment.
If you need an emergency dentist in Birmingham, our helpline is open 365 days a year until 11 pm on weekdays and 24 hours at weekends.
We deal with all kinds of dental emergencies, including knocked-out teeth, chipped teeth, toothache, lost fillings, lost crowns, broken braces, oral infections, denture problems, and bleeding.
Call us on 0121 357 5000. Our practice is open every day from 8:30 am to 11:00 pm and is located in Great Barr, half a mile from junction 7 M6.
Outside of working hours
Outside of our working hours, call the NHS helpline on 111. An adviser will be able to tell you if need an emergency dentist, a late-night pharmacy, a walk-in centre, or A&E.
What to do in dental emergencies
Click or tap on the relevant option to find out what to do in your dental emergency.
Make an appointment to see one of our emergency dentists in Birmingham as soon as possible by calling 0121 357 5000. In the meantime, thoroughly rinse your mouth with warm water. Use dental floss to remove any lodged food. If your mouth is swollen, apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth or cheek. Never put aspirin or any other painkiller against the gums near the aching tooth because it may burn the gum tissue.
See our toothache page for more information.
- a chipped tooth
Make an appointment to see one of our emergency dentists in Birmingham as soon as possible by calling 0121 357 5000. Save any pieces of the chipped tooth. Rinse the mouth using warm water; rinse any broken pieces. If there’s bleeding, apply a piece of gauze to the area for about 10 minutes or until the bleeding stops. Apply a cold compress to the outside of the mouth, cheek, or lip near the broken/chipped tooth to keep any swelling down and relieve pain.
See our chipped or broken teeth page for more information.
- a knocked-out tooth
Come see us right away. Knocked out teeth with the highest chances of being saved are those seen by the dentist and returned to their socket within 1 hour of being knocked out.
In the meantime, retrieve the tooth, hold it by the crown (the part that is usually exposed in the mouth), and rinse off the tooth root with water if it’s dirty. Do not scrub it or remove any attached tissue fragments. If possible, try to put the tooth back in place. Make sure it’s facing the right way. Never force it into the socket. If it’s not possible to reinsert the tooth in the socket, put the tooth in a small container of milk (or cup of water that contains a pinch of table salt, if milk is not available) or a product containing cell growth medium, such as Save-a-Tooth.
See our knocked-out tooth page for more information.
- a tooth that’s partially dislodged
Come see us right away. To relieve pain, apply a cold compress to the outside of the mouth or cheek in the affected area. Take an over-the-counter pain reliever (such as Tylenol or Advil) if needed.
- something caught between my teeth
Try using dental floss to very gently and carefully remove the object. If you can’t get the object out, come see us. Never use a pin or other sharp object to poke at the stuck object. These instruments can cut your gums or scratch your tooth surface.
- a filling that’s fallen out
Make an appointment with us as soon as possible by calling 0121 357 5000. As a temporary measure, stick a piece of sugarless gum into the cavity (sugar-filled gum will cause pain) or use an over-the-counter dental cement.
- a crown that’s fallen out
If the crown falls off, make an appointment to see one of our emergency dentists in Birmingham as soon as possible by calling 0121 357 5000. Bring the crown with you to your appointment. If you can’t get to us right away and the tooth is causing pain, use a cotton swab to apply a little clove oil to the sensitive area (clove oil can be purchased at your local drug store or in the spice aisle of your grocery store). If possible, slip the crown back over the tooth. Before doing so, coat the inner surface with an over-the-counter dental cement, toothpaste, or denture adhesive, to help hold the crown in place. Do not use super glue!
See our lost crowns page for more information.
- broken wires on my braces
If a wire breaks or sticks out of a bracket or band and is poking your cheek, tongue, or gum, try using the eraser end of a pencil to push the wire into a more comfortable position. If you can’t reposition the wire, cover the end with orthodontic wax, a small cotton ball, or piece of gauze until you can get to your orthodontist’s office. Never cut the wire, as you could end up swallowing it or breathing it into your lungs.
See our broken braces wires for more information.
- loose brackets or bands on my braces
Make an appointment with us as soon as possible by calling 0121 357 5000.
You can temporarily reattach loose braces with a small piece of orthodontic wax. Alternatively, place the wax over the braces to provide a cushion.
If the problem is a loose band, save the band and call us for an appointment to have it recemented or replaced (and to have missing spacers replaced).
- an abscess
Abscesses are infections that occur around the root of a tooth or in the space between the teeth and gums. Abscesses are a serious condition that can damage tissue and surrounding teeth, with the infection possibly spreading to other parts of the body if left untreated.
Because of the serious oral health and general health problems that can result from an abscess, see your dentist as soon as possible if you discover a pimple-like swelling on your gum that usually is painful. In the meantime, to ease the pain and draw the pus toward the surface, try rinsing your mouth with a mild salt water solution (1/2 teaspoon of table salt in 8 ounces of water) several times a day.
- bleeding due to an injury
Injuries to the soft tissues, which include the tongue, cheeks, gums, and lips, can result in bleeding. To control the bleeding, here’s what to do:
- Rinse your mouth with a mild salt-water solution.
- Use a moistened piece of gauze or tea bag to apply pressure to the bleeding site. Hold in place for 15 to 20 minutes.
- To both control bleeding and relieve pain, hold a cold compress to the outside of the mouth or cheek in the affected area for 5 to 10 minutes.
- If the bleeding doesn’t stop, come see us right away or go to a hospital emergency room. Continue to apply pressure on the bleeding site with the gauze until you can be seen and treated.
Please note we have a certain number of NHS dentist appointments available for each session subject to our capacity. We will do our very best to help you with the emergency dental treatment you require.
Birmingham Dental Hospital
The Scott Arms Dental Practice occasionally provides the emergency dental services for the Birmingham Dental Hospital on bank holidays and weekends. For more information visit Birmingham Dental Hospital