Dental emergencies

Dental emergencies need to be assessed and treated quickly to avoid the risk of permanent damage.

Dental emergencies include:

  • abscesses and swellings in and around the mouth
  • bleeding
  • trauma - for example knocking out a tooth

If you can find the missing tooth, try to reinsert it and see a dentist as soon as possible. Don't try to reinsert a baby tooth. Take your child to see a dentist as soon as possible.

Breaking or chipping a tooth isn't a dental emergency. If you can find the missing part of your tooth store it in milk and see a dentist as soon as you can during normal working hours.

In-hours dental emergencies

In-hours is Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm.

If you're registered with a dentist and think you've a dental emergency during this period, contact your dental practice. They'll be able tell you whether you should:

  • be seen by your dentist
  • go to a local hospital for care

If you're not registered with a dentist, you can get emergency dental care by contacting:

Region Emergency contact
Ayrshire and Arran Ayrshire and Arran Dental Helpline on 01563 507 950 (Open Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 6.00pm)
Borders Borders Dental Helpline on 0845 300 0930 (Open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm)
Dumfries and Galloway Dumfries and Galloway Dental Helpline on 0845 602 6417 (Open Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 6.00pm)
Fife Fife Dental Advice Line on 01592 226555 (Open Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 6.00pm)
Forth Valley Forth Valley Dental Line on 01324 614 670 (Open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm)
Greater Glasgow and Clyde Emergency Dental Treatment Centre on 0141 232 6323 (Open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm)
Holiday weekend: Friday 22nd Sept 6:00pm – Tuesday 26th Sept 8:00am
Grampian Dental Information and Advice Line on 0345 4565 990 (Open Monday to Friday, 8.15am to 5.45pm)
Highland Argyll and Bute - Dental Advice Line on 08458 332 310 (Open Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 4.00pm)
All other Highland areas - Dental Advice Line on 08456 442 271 (Open Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 4.00pm)
Lanarkshire Lanarkshire General Enquiry Line on 0300 30 30 243 (Open Monday to Thursday, 9.00am to 5.00pm and Friday 9.00am to 4.30pm) Holiday weekend: Friday 22nd Sept 6:00pm – Tuesday 26th Sept 8:00am
Edinburgh City, East, West and Mid Lothian Over 16 years old - Chalmers Street Dental Clinic on 0131 536 4800. Chalmers Street also has a walk-in clinic (Available Monday to Thursday, 9.00am to 4.45pm and Friday 9.00am to 4.15pm)

Under 16 years old - Edinburgh Dental Institute on 0131 536 1129 (Open Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 11.00am and 2.00pm to 3.00pm)
Orkney Earl's Palace Dental Practice on 01856 872 958, or the Orkney Dental Clinic on 01856 872 030 (Open Monday to Friday, 8.45am to 5.00pm)
Shetland Contact a local dentist to arrange to be seen
Tayside Perth and Kinross - Broxden Dental Centre on 01738 450 550 (Open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.00pm)
Dundee - Tayside Dental Advice Line on 01382 596 990 (Open Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 5.30pm)
Arbroath and Angus - Dental Advice Line on 01241 432 481 (Open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.00pm)
Western Isles Western Isles Dental Helpline on 01851 707 500 (Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9.00am to 3.30pm and Wednesday 9.00am to 1.00pm)

Out-of-hours dental emergencies

Out-of-hours is:

  • Monday to Thursday, 6.00pm to 8.00am
  • 6.00pm on Friday to 8.00am on Monday

If you think you've a dental emergency during this period, contact the 111 service.

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