Dental emergencies

If you are in pain during surgery hours, please call our South East London practice where every effort will be made to see you as quickly as possible.

Call 0207 231 2883 from 8.30 am – 5.15 pm Monday to Friday.

MP Dental Practice
186 Jamaica Rd
SE16 4RT

020 7231 2883

Opening Hours

Monday 8.30am – 5.15pm
Tuesday 8.30am – 5.15pm
Wednesday 8.30am – 5.15pm
Thursday 8.30am – 5.15pm
Friday 8.30am – 5.15pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

Advice & Triage Process

Any dental emergency, like an injury to the teeth or gums can be potentially serious and should not be ignored.

Ignoring a dental problem can increase the risk of permanent damage as well as the need for more extensive and expensive treatment later on. Below you will find summary advice of what to do for some common dental problems.

In all cases, please book an emergency appointment or contact us as quickly as possible.

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First, 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 your dentist as soon as possible.

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Chipped or broken teeth

First, attempt to save any pieces of the tooth that you can and rinse your mouth with warm water together with any broken pieces.

If there's bleeding, apply a piece of gauze to the area until the bleeding stops. This can take around 10 minutes. 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.

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Patient Finance

Here at MP Dental, we very much appreciate that investing in your dental well-being is an important decision and we would like to highlight some very special payment facilities that are available here. We understand that the financial considerations can sometimes be an obstacle to you having the treatment you want, which is why we offer a range of finance options including interest-free plans.

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Knocked-out tooth

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. 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.

Knocked out teeth with the highest chances of being saved are those seen by the dentist and returned to their socket within one hour of being knocked out.

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Extruded or partially dislodged tooth

Contact us right away. Until you can get to the practice, 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 relief if needed.

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Lost fillings or crown

If you lose a crown, make an appointment to see us as soon as possible making sure to bring the crown with you. If the tooth is causing pain and you are unable to get to us right away, use a cotton swab to apply a small amount of clove oil to the sensitive area (clove oil can be purchased at your local chemist or in the spice aisle of your supermarket).

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. Never use super glue!

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One Visit Dentistry

The fastest way to a beautiful smile. MP Dental are proud to offer One Visit Dentistry. The one-stop complete treatment for crowns and restoring implants. After your initial consultation, your permanent replacement tooth can be designed, manufactured and placed in your mouth in one visit, reducing travelling and waiting times and letting you get on with your life.

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Invisalign Teeth Straightening

The Invisalign aligner system straightens teeth using a series of nearly invisible, removable aligners that are custom-made specifically for your teeth. As you replace each aligner approximately every week, your teeth will move – little by little, week by week, gradually moving towards the projected final position.

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Dental Implants

Dental implants are a safe and reliable solution to permanently replace one or more missing teeth. Looking, feeling and functioning like a natural tooth, a dental implant is a small screw made from surgical grade titanium that replaces the root portion of a missing tooth. This becomes the foundation for new replacement teeth, crown, or dental bridge.

Dental implants give you the freedom to eat, laugh and talk with confidence — knowing that your new teeth are securely held in place..

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Abcesses are infections that occur around the root of a tooth or in the space between the teeth and gums. They 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 abcess, please contact us 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.

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Soft tissue injuries

Injuries to the soft tissues, which include the tongue, cheeks, gums, and lips, can result in bleeding. Here's some advice to help control the bleeding: Rinse your mouth with a mild salt-water solution. Use a wet piece of gauze or tea bag to apply pressure to the bleeding site. Hold for 15 to 20 minutes. To both control the bleeding and relieve any 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 will not stop, contact us right away or go to a hospital emergency department. Continue to apply pressure on the bleeding site with the gauze until you can be seen and treated.

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