Dental Emergencies During Christmas Time

It’s Christmas!

We hope you’ll be finishing up work soon to enjoy the festivities. Your dental practice is likely to be closed over the holidays – dentists need a holiday too! But what should you do if you have a dental emergency over the Christmas holidays?



You Don’t Need to Suffer!

If you do have a dental emergency when your practice is closed, don’t worry, help is available. 111 is the NHS non-emergency number. It’s fast, easy and free. Call 111 and speak to a highly trained adviser, supported by medical and dental professionals. The call handler will ask you a series of questions to assess your symptoms and immediately direct you to the best care for you.

Should you go to A&E?

Some people do panic, and think that they should go to A&E but unless you have severe and unbearable pain, heavy bleeding from your mouth or severe injuries to the face, teeth or mouth. If you do not fall under these categories, its best to dial 111.

Filling fallen out

Filling fallen out

How much will emergency treatment cost?

The emergency dentist will only deal with the problem at hand and provide clinically necessary treatment to stop any pain. An urgent dental treatment will always be charged at Band 1 (£20.60). If the dentist identifies any other problem, you will have to make appointments to get this treated at a later date.

If you are eligible for free NHS dental care, you will be able to claim this cost back at a later date. Simply hold on to your receipt and check out THIS link to find out how you can claim the cost of emergency treatment back.

chipped tooth

chipped tooth

We Can Help You Too!

The Defacto Dentists blogs are a brilliant source of information for those of you who may have encountered a problem with their oral health over the festive period. From implants to toothache, we’ve written about it all. They are full of insights on care and prevention and may be useful for you, or someone you know! You can check out all of the blogs we’ve written here.

Prevention is Better Than Cure.

If you can, see your dentist before the holidays for a check-up. If you haven’t seen your dentist in a while, or you’re putting off going about a current problem you have with your teeth. It’s better to be seen while you can to avoid an emergency appointment.

We always say that prevention is better than cure, but we really do mean it! Christmas time is a time for over-indulging in sweet treats, alcohol, snacks and boxes of chocolates. We want you to have the best time during the festive season, so we’re not saying don’t enjoy the food! We’re just saying to enjoy it in moderation. Alongside this, brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing should hopefully keep you out of the big chair this festive season.

Find a dentist

If you need to find an emergency dentist, NHS or Private, you will be able to find one on Enter your location to get started. Then narrow down your search by choosing a treatment type. Browse the options available to you and then get in touch with the practice that best suits you. Each clinic has a “Book an Appointment” button at the top right of their page. Click on there and request an appointment. Your clinic will come back to you as soon as they can. Start your search by clicking


Emergency dental products

You could also purchase a temporary tooth filling that your dentist can easily replace later. You may also want to buy a clove oil gel which will calm down an inflamed gum and relieve pain. A good quality toothpaste will help with sensitivity and a good mouthwash will help inflamation. Click on the banner below to reach where you can buy some helpful products.


  1. Andy barr on 25 December 2020 at 8:49 pm

    Need a private dentist that is available over Christmas

    • Marcus Macleod on 30 December 2020 at 1:45 pm

      Hi Andy, did you find a dentist ok? If you are not registered with a dentist, the best thing to do is to go to “Book an Appointment on the clinic’s page and they will come back to you as soon as they can.

      Good luck!

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