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Emergency & Night Dentistry

If you have any dental problem that needs immediate treatment to stop the bleeding, get rid of severe pain, or save a tooth - these would be considered dental emergencies. This is also relevant for severe infections that have the potential to be life-threatening. If you experience any such symptoms, you need instant treatment.

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What is a Dental Emergency?


What is a Dental Emergency?

There are a few types of dental emergencies that could happen. These include:


  • Toothaches;
  • Bleeding from cuts to the gums;
  • Traumatic injuries e.g. chipped or broken teeth or jaws;
  • A knocked-out tooth;
  • An abscessed tooth;
  • Lost or broken dentures;
  • Wisdom tooth surgery.

What to Do When You Have a Dental Emergency?

In cases of extreme emergencies like knocked out or an abscessed tooth, you can make an emergency appointment or call us to seek immediate dental services. However, you can do these steps to reduce discomfort before coming in for emergency dental care.


If you are experiencing a persistent toothache, it is usually indicative that your tooth requires attention. If treatment is not sought, the severity of the pain is likely to worsen. When you are suffering from a toothache, you should:


  • Rinse your mouth with salt water to clean and unwanted debris in your mouth;
  • Place an ice pack on your cheeks to reduce swelling and numb the tooth or gums;
  • Avoid putting an aspirin on top of the tooth that can damage the gums.

What to Do When You Have a Dental Emergency?

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Swollen or Bleeding Gums

If you are experiencing swollen gums, you will have pain, inflammation or infection in the gums. If treatment is not sought, this can worsen and may even lead on to gum disease. If you feel such pain, 


  • Rinse the cut and gum tissues with cold water to remove unwanted debris to keep the cut clean;
  • If bleeding continues, apply pressure with a clean cloth or gauze;
  • It would be best if you chewed on an ice cube or something cold to minimise the bleeding and swelling.


Broken Tooth

If you have a broken or chipped tooth, you should seek dental treatment as soon as possible no matter how seemingly minor the chip. This is to prevent further complications such as tooth decay, nerve damage and toothache. As soon as this happens, you should:


  • Rinse your mouth with warm water;
  • Apply a cold compress to the outside of your face to reduce swelling as much as possible;
  • Avoid taking a painkiller or putting numbing gel as they can damage your gums.


Knocked-Out Tooth

If you or your child’s permanent tooth has been knocked out from an injury, you must take the following necessary steps to save the teeth. Before getting to us for an emergency appointment, you should:


  • Carefully pick up the tooth by the crown or the top;
  • Avoid touching the root;
  • Carefully rinse the teeth without scrubbing;
  • If possible, reinsert the tooth back in the socket;
  • If you cannot do that, put the tooth in a small container of milk and get to the dentist’s office quickly to increase the chances of saving your tooth.


Abscessed Tooth

An abscessed tooth is a pocket of pus that could form in various parts of a tooth due to a bacterial infection.


This is usually caused when bacteria invade the innermost part of the tooth that contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue.


A dental abscess is a severe and potentially life-threatening condition that needs to be treated as soon as possible. Having a tooth abscess can cause fever, tooth sensitivity to hot and cold, a persistent toothache, swelling and a pimple-like bump on your gums near the infected tooth.


This condition is an emergency as the infection can spread into your jaw, surrounding tissue, and to other areas of the body. Before you can see the emergency dentist:


  • Rinse your mouth with mild salt water several times to reduce the pain and draw the pus to the surface.    

To treat this, the pus needs to be drained out to allow for a root canal procedure or extraction.  


Lost or Broken Dentures

If you have lost your denture, you must make an appointment to have one remade to restore your chewing ability as soon as possible. 

If your denture has broken, do not try and replace the broken denture in your mouth nor attempt to repair the denture yourself, as this can traumatise and damage your soft tissues and make any repair more difficult. You should:

  • Gently remove the broken denture away from your gums and mouth;
  • Please keep it safe and come to us.


Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Wisdom teeth can sometimes erupt in a way that could affect surrounding teeth, gums or jaws, causing dental problems. If you experience minor pain and swelling from time to time, you should:


  • Clean the area by rinsing periodically with a teaspoonful of salt dissolved in warm water;
  • If the pain persists and increases in severity, a wisdom tooth removal procedure might be required.


What Does the Procedure Involve?


  • Your general health condition, as well as the condition of your teeth and gums, will be thoroughly assessed, which may include having to take some necessary X-rays or scans, to determine your suitable treatment options.
  • Our dentists will then thoroughly explain your dental problem, any procedures that need to be done.


Maintaining Good Oral Hygiene

  • While it is difficult to predict when you will have a dental emergency, there are ways to reduce the chances of it.

  • Having a regular dental regime encourages good oral health. It is crucial to brush and floss your teeth twice a day minimally to get rid of bacterial plaque. However, if a problem arises, call your dentist and try to get the problem fixed immediately to decrease your chances of additional issues. 


  • It is also essential to schedule dental check-ups from time to time for regular dental procedures like scaling and polishing to reduce the chances of unpleasant experiences.

Maintaining Good Oral Hygiene

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Why Choose Nuffield Dental?

Nuffield Dental is a one-stop, multi-disciplinary dental care centre. At Nuffield, we put you first. We believe in providing personalised service for each patient.

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Nuffield Dental is a one-stop, multi-disciplinary dental care centre. Here at Nuffield Dental, we pride ourselves of our personalised oral care for each and every one of our patients. We need to make sure you get all the help you need to make your dental procedures more comfortable, accessible and seamless.

Emergency & Night Dentistry

Our dentists have specialised in emergency & night dentistry for more than 20 years. We have accredited dental specialists who are skilled in the area of dental implant surgery.

Emergency and Night Dentistry Costs in Singapore?

Please call one of our Nuffield Dental clinics in Singapore for pricing details.

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