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Emergency Dental Care

If you've chipped or broken a tooth as a result of an accident or an injury, it can be a traumatic experience. It's very important that you see a dentist immediately, even if the tooth is just slightly chipped. And if you have knocked out a tooth or several teeth, the sooner you are seen by a dental professional the better because there is a chance that the teeth could be re-implanted, depending on the severity of your injury.

It's very important that you keep the knocked out tooth clean and avoid handling the root. In some cases you may be able to put the tooth back into the socket by biting down on a clean paper towel for around 15-20 minutes.

Emergency Dental Care

If you have a chipped tooth then your dentist may be able to smooth down the uneven edge and replace the missing part with a tooth-coloured filling. If you break a back molar then this may have to be replaced with a crown.

If you require an emergency dental treatment, you should ask to see a dentist as soon as possible. At our practice we offer a same day service for all dental emergencies from toothache to lost or broken crowns, chipped teeth and fillings to abscesses, trauma, avulsed teeth and a swollen face. We can take care of your injuries to ensure you heal quicker and more effectively, so you avoid additional dental problems in the future.


we understand that having toothache is a very unpleasant experience and that our patients need access to a dentist in the event of an unexpected emergency.

This web page explains our emergency appointment system at Lewisham Dental Practice and what you should do in the event of an emergency.

Step one – telephone lewisham dental practice

Call the practice on this telephone number: 020 8852 3000
Our reception staff will be able to offer you advice. In addition to this we have set aside appointments during each working day specifically for patients with emergency dental pain. At busy times, those appointments may have been taken. You will then be offered the next available emergency appointment. If this is not convenient you will be offered an alternative emergency service.

Step two – new arrangements for out of hours dental services in lambeth, southwark and lewisham

From 1st October 2006, you should telephone the following number for access to Out of Hours dental services: 111. You will then be directed to an appropriate dental service either at Kings or at a dentist near to you.

The service runs as follows:

At King's Dental Institute
Caldecot Road
Denmark Hill SE5
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Telephone 020 7346 3894 Please telephone before using this service.
Times Weekday evenings
Weekends & Bank Holidays
6.00am-11.00pm
9.15am-11.45am
6.00am-11.00pm
Buses 68,468,176,185
Nearest station Denmark Hill
At Guy's Hospital
St Thomas Street
London Bridge SE1
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Telephone 020 7955 5000 X 5603 Please telephone before using this service.
Times Weekends & Bank Holidays 9.00am-6pm

KINDLY NOTE: normal nhs charges will apply to any treatment provided

Step three – aftercare

After your emergency has been attended to, you may need to contact the practice for an appointment to see your own dentist.

If you are unhappy with the emergency care you have received, or any other aspect of the service provided by Lewisham Dental Practice, please write to:

Mrs Sarah Burton
Practice Manager
Lewisham Dental Practice
1st and 2nd Floor
Lee High Road
London
SE13 5LQ
e-mail: sarah.burton@lewishamdental.co.uk

We will respond to your letter within 5 working days.

Our procedure for dealing with complaints is set out in a leaflet. Please ask our reception staff for a 'Code of Practice for Patient Complaints' leaflet.

If you are interested in this treatment, please book an appointment today or alternatively call our Private Treatment Co-ordinator on 020 3817 7001.