Unsure if you need an emergency dental appointment? Five dental issues that require urgent treatment

When you hear the word ‘emergency’, images of ambulances, A&E departments, and coffee machines probably spring to mind. If you hear the words ‘dental emergency’, images of someone holding an ice pack up their swollen cheek is a common thing to visualise. Of course, while it is normal to associate emergencies with discomfort (especially dental ones), it is not always the case that a dental emergency is going to cause discomfort. Yet, many dental patients only attend their dental surgery for emergency appointments if they are in pain.


While it can be hard to successfully identify a dental emergency, we can help. Our team at Harrow Weald Dental Practice knows all about things dental emergency-related, and can help you identify an urgent issue from home!

At Harrow Weald Dental Practice, our dentist in Middlesex is able to offer same-day appointments if you have an emergency, meaning that you can get rid of any associated discomfort and get back to your day. We will aim to treat your emergency quickly and effectively, ensuring that you are comfortable at every stage of treatment.

So, what conditions constitute a same day trip to our dentist in Middlesex? Read on to find out.


While dental swelling is often associated with discomfort due to an abscess, in some instances it can be due to another issue, such as an impacted tooth. If you notice any swelling in your jaw, face, or upper neck, come and see our dentist in Middlesex for prompt treatment.


If you play sports or have had a recent facial trauma that has caused a consistent bleed (lasting more than an hour), you need urgent dental treatment. Our team will aim to identify the issue causing the bleed and may recommend stitches or closure with surgical glue. If you have recently had a tooth removed and you notice a persistent bleed, call our team for an appointment.

Lost filling or crown

A nuisance and an often overlooked dental emergency, losing a crown or filling does require a same-day appointment. Not only will a same-day appointment stop any potential discomfort from arising, but our team will clean the tooth to ensure that the pulp or exposed area is free from bacteria. Bacteria in the pulp of a tooth can cause abscesses, which is something that we are sure you will want to avoid!

Cracks and chips

Again, if you play sports, chips, and cracks to the teeth are more common. As soon as you notice a crack or chip, call our team for an appointment. Similar to a lost filling, cracks and chips can act as access points for bacteria to get into the pulp of the tooth even if you have no pain, so it is best to get them filled quickly.

Lumps and bumps

The sudden appearance of a lump in your mouth is another reason to visit our emergency team.

Even if you do not smoke, our team will assess the growth for signs of oral cancer, though oral bumps are often benign.