It happens to us all. At one time or another we will all experience dental pain or have an experience
that requires urgent attention.
At Carton Dental we hold spaces every day for the assessment and treatment of such emergencies. These emergency slots invariably book up as the day progresses but we will always do our best to accommodate you and your family. If you have a dental emergency please contact us as early in the day as possible.
When you attend we may provide definitive treatment, temporary treatment or assessment only depending on the amount of time we have available for your appointment and the nature of your emergency.
When you attend we will do our best for you in the amount of time that we have available.
If you take a cold drink and feel pain that only lasts for a few seconds, your pain may just be temporary sensitivity. This pain may settle down by rubbing a toothpaste for sensitivity (such as Sensodyne or Colgate Sensitive Instant Relief) on the side of the tooth a few times throughout the day.
If you have any pain that is brought on by cold/hot drinks that lasts longer than a few seconds then it is likely you have a problem that is not going to settle on its own. We would advise to contact us to make an appointment.
If you have toothache, the best medication to take is normally ibuprofen. For adults we would advise to take ibuprofen 400-600mg three times a day with food. Ibuprofen works better than paracetamol against dental pain because it is an anti-inflammatory. Not all people can take ibuprofen.
Ibuprofen may initially help with pain relief but it is not going to fix the problem that is causing the pain. Again if you have pain that necessitates taking painkillers we would advise to contact us to make an appointment as soon as possible before you reach the point where painkillers no longer provide any relief.
If you feel that something may be caught under your gum and it is causing pain, try flossing the area and using a mouthwash containing chlorhexidine such as Corsodyl or Kin Perio.
If you have pain on your gums around a wisdom tooth try using a mouthwash containing chlorhexidine such as Corsodyl or Kin Perio.
Contact us immediately to make an appointment.
If you chip a tooth, rubbing a toothpaste for sensitivity (such as Sensodyne or Colgate Sensitive Instant Relief) on the chipped part may provide some relief until we can see you.
If you have a filling that falls out we would suggest to rinse the cavity with water and use a cotton bud to clean/ dry the cavity. Then seal the tooth a piece of sugar-free chewing gum or temporary filling material from a pharmacy.
Contact us immediately to make an appointment. Swelling is normally a sign of infection. Rinse any area of swelling inside the mouth with salt water. Any significant swelling/ infection should be treated promptly to prevent spread of infection and to avoid a trip to A&E for I.V. antibiotics.
You should attend A&E if you have facial swelling affecting your vision, breathing or preventing your mouth from opening more than two finger-widths. In such cases would suggest the emergency services of Dublin Dental University Hospital. Please see below for further details.
If a tooth is knocked out, it is vital to get to the dentist immediately. If you/ your child are a patient of our practice we will see you immediately. If we reimplant a knocked out tooth within 30 minutes, even up to one hour, it may be possible to save the tooth.
If a tooth is pushed in or out, use light finger pressure to move the tooth back to its normal position. Do not force the tooth. Use a moist cloth or gauze to hold the tooth in please. Contact us immediately.
In the case of a suspected broken jaw apply a cold compress to help limit swelling and attend A&E. In such cases would suggest the emergency services of Dublin Dental University Hospital or St. James Hospital. Please see below for further details.
In the case of a suspected displaced jaw, you will likely need to see an oral surgeon. Please contact us for advice.
For tears, cuts or punctures to the cheeks, lips or tongue, clean the wound immediately with warm water and then go to a hospital or emergency centre for treatment.
If your child has a dental emergency we would suggest to also consider the services offered by the HSE clinic in Naas.
Vista Dental Clinic
HSE Dental Office, Ground Floor,
Vista Primary Care,
Naas, Co Kildare,
For further information:
When Carton Dental is not open we always have an answering machine where you can leave a message.
For emergency treatment outside normal opening hours you may consider the services provided by Dublin Dental University Hospital.
Dublin Dental University Hospital provides a walk-in emergency dental service Monday to Friday.
• Screening for morning clinics begins promptly at 8.45 am.
• Screening for afternoon clinics begins promptly at 1.30 pm.
Dublin Dental University Hospital also provide an out-of-hours emergency service from 5pm to 10pm Monday to Friday and on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays from 9am to 10pm for severe dental emergencies only. To access this service you must telephone in advance. Do not turn up as this service is managed by appointment only or advice by telephone only.
Phone (01) 612 7200
Please read more about the services provided on their webpage: https://www.dentalhospital.ie/patient-information/emergency-services
If you have a severe dental emergency outside these hours, you should contact your nearest general hospital.
You need to go straight to A&E if you have:
You need urgent dental treatment and to call your dentist if you have:
Non-urgent dental emergencies include:
Our most up to date hours can be found on our Google page.
There is someone available at reception Mon-Fri 8am- 6pm, Sat 10am-1pm to answer telephone calls. Telephone calls may or may not be answered outside of these times.