Antrim Road Dental Clinic

Emergency Dental Care

If you’ve chipped or broken a tooth as a result of an accident or an injury, it can be a traumatic experience.

It’s very important that you see a dentist immediately, even if the tooth is just slightly chipped. And if you have knocked out a tooth or several teeth, the sooner you are seen by a dental professional the better because there is a chance that the teeth could be re-implanted, depending on the severity of your injury.

If an adult tooth is knocked out it is important to reimplant it immediately or as soon as possible. Try not to let the tooth dry out either by placing it in some milk or getting the patient to hold it inside their own mouth where the natural saliva will keep it moist. Hold the tooth by the crown not the root. Attend your dentist or hospital emergency department immediately.

If you have a chipped tooth then your dentist may be able to smooth down the uneven edge and replace the missing part with a tooth-coloured filling. If you break a back molar then this may have to be replaced with a crown.

If you require an emergency dental treatment, you should ask to see a dentist as soon as possible. At our practice we offer a same day service for all dental emergencies involving toothaches, abscesses, trauma, swelling or uncontrolled bleeding. We can take care of your injuries to ensure you heal quicker and more effectively, so you avoid additional dental problems in the future.

In an emergency, outside of normal surgery opening hours, patients should go to the Relief of Dental Pain Clinic at Belfast City Hospital. The Relief of Dental Pain Clinic is based in Wing F, Outpatients Department on the Ground Floor of the Belfast City Hospital. This clinic is strictly for dental emergencies such as:

  • Uncontrolled bleeding,
  • Trauma,
  • Swelling, and
  • Severe dental pain.

The Clinic Intake Times are:

Monday to Friday (1 session per day): 7.00pm to 9.15pm;

Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays (2 sessions per day): 10.00am to 12.15pm and 7.00pm to 9.15pm.

Patients are reminded that NHS Charges apply to this service (unless you are exempt). The clinic operates a system of prioritisation based on clinical necessity, and so patients are advised to attend early.