If you do suffer toothache or dental pain it can usually be controlled with over-the-counter pain relief until your dentist is able to see you.
Whilst a crown or bridge falling out can be distressing, it is not a true dental emergency. Sensitivity to temperature and an intermittent dull ache are also signs of a less severe problem. Constant throbbing pain often means an abscess is affecting one or more teeth.
Contact your dentist to arrange an appointment and describe your symptoms so they can prioritise your care. If symptoms worsen, phone NHS 24 for advice (111).
If you have severe pain, bleeding or swelling which is affecting your ability to breathe, seek help immediately by calling 999 or go to your nearest Emergency Department.
Unregistered dental patients can obtain advice and assistance Monday to Friday 8.30am to 6.00pm by contacting the Forth Valley Dental Helpline on 01324 614670.
Emergency Dental Service
- Stirling Health & Care Village – Phone: NHS 24 on 111 (6.00pm – 8.00am and weekends)
- Falkirk Community Hospital – Phone: NHS 24 on 111 (6.00pm – 8.00am and weekends)
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Did You Know?
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