Dental emergencies

Managing a dental emergency during COVID-19

Read information and advice about what to do if you have a dental emergency during the coronavirus pandemic.

We understand that there are times when you need to see a dentist as quickly as possible. Debilitating toothache, an infection, or a damaged tooth can all require immediate dental attention.

The majority of Bupa Dental Care practices offer emergency appointments and will do their best to arrange last-minute appointments for you. Many of our practices reserve same-day appointments for emergency cases, so please phone as early in the day as possible.

Find an emergency dentist

Find a practice near you that accepts emergency appointments.

How soon a practice is able to see you will depend on a number of things, such as how many bookings it has and your type of emergency. The practice will try to get you an appointment within 24 hours if they can. For more information, speak with your practice directly.

If your usual dental practice has no emergency appointments available, they may be able to refer you to another dentist that can help. Alternatively, do ring around your nearby practices, because some of our dentists accept emergency appointments from non-patients.

Some dentists have a specific out-of-hours emergency number, so if your emergency happens outside of normal working hours, check the website to see if there is a specific number you can call.

What if my dental emergency is outside of service hours?

If you can’t get through to a dentist, call the 24-hour 111 service for help and advice.

Managing a dental emergency during COVID-19

We understand you might need further guidance on what to do in a dental emergency during the coronavirus pandemic. So, we’ve put together some helpful advice, including what’s considered a dental emergency during COVID-19 and how to manage common dental pain at home.

Find a dental practice near you in an emergency

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