For all dental emergencies in Dunstable

Dental emergencies are classed as anything that causes you pain or bleeding from the mouth or gums.

If you think you are suffering from a dental emergency, it is important that you call for an appointment as quickly as you can as this means you have more chance of seeing an emergency dentist on the same day and resolving the problem.


What is classified as a dental emergency?

If you suffer with any of the following, you should call the dental surgery in Dunstable for an emergency dentist appointment.

  • A knocked-out tooth
  • Severe and persistent toothache
  • A broken tooth
  • A lost filling or crown causing pain
  • Trauma to the mouth, teeth or gums
  • Bleeding from the mouth or gums
  • Painful swelling to the teeth, gums or face

If you have a dental emergency, you should call us as soon as possible on 01582 664315. The earlier you call us, the more likely we can arrange a same day appointment.

We see new and existing patients from Dunstable, Houghton Regis, Sewell, Totternhoe and throughout Bedfordshire. You do not have to be an existing patient for us to treat your dental emergency.

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What is the process for a dental emergency in Dunstable?

Please call us on 01582 664315 as soon as possible so that we can book you in to see the emergency dentist. On most occasions, we arrange an emergency dental appointment for the same day.

We are open 9am to 6pm Monday to Thursday and 9am to 5pm on Friday.

If a dental emergency occurs outside of these opening hours, please call 111 who are available every day until 9.30pm and will give you advice about what to do next.

Only go to Accident and Emergency if you are in serious pain, have facial injuries, swelling or heavy bleeding. If you’re not sure if you should go to A&E, please call 111 who will advise you.

Advice for common dental emergencies in Dunstable

If you experience a sudden dental emergency, it can be frightening.

Here are some common dental emergencies and tips on what to do whilst waiting to see the emergency dentist.

Knocked-out tooth

You should call the emergency dentist immediately as time is of the essence with this type of dental emergency and may mean the difference between saving your knocked-out tooth.

If you have found the tooth, either attempt to re-insert it into your gum and hold it with a clean cloth or keep it in a container of milk. Do not hold the roots of the tooth, only handle by the crown.

Chipped or broken tooth

If you experience a broken tooth due to a trauma, you may need an emergency filling, crown or even an extraction. Take paracetamol for any pain whilst you wait to see the emergency dentist.

If you have a chipped tooth, your dentist may be able to smooth out any uneven edges and use bonding or a filling for any missing parts.

Painful swelling

If you experience painful swelling to the teeth, gums or face, you should not ignore it. Swelling may be caused by an infection or a tooth abscess which need immediate treatment.

You should call the dental surgery in Dunstable and take paracetamol for any pain. Drink plenty of fluids and do not lie down.

FAQ's for Emergency Dentist

I have terrible toothache, does this count as a dental emergency?

If your toothache is persistent and has lasted for more than two days or if the pain is intensifying, then this counts as a dental emergency. You should call immediately for an appointment. Take paracetamol for your pain, rinse your mouth with salt water and avoid eating very cold or hot foods.

Do I have to pay for an emergency dental appointment?

If you are an NHS dental patient, you will have to pay under band 1 charge. Your dentist will try to carry out all the treatment you need in your emergency appointment, but bear in mind that if you need any follow up appointments, you will have to pay for this separately. If you are a private dental patient, the price will vary but is generally slightly more expensive than a check-up appointment.

I’m scared of the dentist, will seeing the emergency dentist be traumatic?

We are trained to deal with nervous patients and will take good care of you. Should any invasive procedure be needed, we will give you a local anaesthetic so that you cannot feel any pain. Seeing the emergency dentist should alleviate any pain that you are feeling rather than add to it.

Our Reviews

Iqbal J.
Heena and Adriana were absolutely fantastico during treatment of my tooth
Julia S.
Been attending for years - lovely staff - brilliant treatment - and especially good at treating my nervousness - well recommended!!
Sal Z.
Very pleased with the service I received. Dr Hussain was very helpful and patient with me as I worry alot. Also Elaine was very kind and got me an urgent appointment which was just what l needed.
Carole N.
Very friendly staff Heena & Anais & Adnene.
Paul B.
My dentist Heena and her dental nurse Adriana always give me a professional experience and are pleasant and friendly. I’ve been seeing Heena for a fair number of years now and always feel comfortable and at ease . I’m not a fan of the hygienist cleaning due to sensitivity but let Heena do it and honestly it was quick and without drama. Would recommend her and her work
Ziaur R.
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Ms. Lynne at reception, who was very nice and polite when booking the appointment over the phone. She is very patience and calm to understand both the patients and dentists availability to accommodate. It's a great customer service I experienced and would like to wish her all the very best! Great Job Ms. Lynne! All the very best for your future endeavours!
I hate the dentist. I'm a very nervous patient. But the staff at Dunstable Dental Practice are so lovely it makes it a bearable experience! Reception staff are lovely, friendly & efficient. The Dentists are reassuring and professional as well as friendly.Thoroughly recommend
I went to Dental Practice Dunstable for a check up and needed two fillings. Dr Heena was very kind and gave me an emergency appointment after I've told her that I work in school and the only time I can take an appointment is in holidays.Dr Heena and Adriana were very friendly and talked to me all the time during my procedure.
Katie H.
Embarrassed to admit I don’t know the name of the hygienist I saw today and it’s not on my appointment email reminder, but she was lovely, really professional. I had the scale & polish with a different hygienist a few years ago before teeth whitening & I was honestly dreading going in today but it wasn’t an ordeal at all. She was really helpful & I will definitely not be worried about my next appointment, thanks so much
Richard D.
Excellent and friendly service by the dentist and the reception staff
Christina I.
I have been coming to this Dentist for many years , at the weekend I got a chip in my back tooth , so called on Monday and got an appointment straight away , had it checked and X-rays and booked in again next day to see what treatment needed , lucky for me only a small chip so was able to have a filling . I was so pleased Mr Bukhari and the dental nurse was so calming and made me at ease very quickly as I was very anxious about my tooth and what would happen , the staff friendly and welcoming Great Dentist see you again soon Thank you
Graham R.
I had an appointment with Heena and Anaïs to have a severely broken tooth extracted. I was very wary that this may not be able to be done at the surgery. Heena assured me that she would be able to complete this procedure. Heena managed to get all of the tooth out (in 2 or 3 pieces) successfully and without any excess pain. All throughout I was asked if I was ok and not feeling pain or uncomfort.I would like to recommend this dental surgery and especially Heena and her assistant for a very professional approach.Thank you. You are Great 👍
Lorna F.
Had a few bits of work done today. Was made to feel very welcome and comfortable. Had a full explanation of what was happening every step, and was always asked if I was okay. Fantastic service from Heena and Anais.Thanks ladies
Michelle J.
I’ve always gone to Dunstable Dental Practice and have always found all the staff here very nice , reception staff will always try their best to accommodate you . Have seen a few dentists over many years and have to say all have been really good . My mum own parents have been going there since 1970’s and also think it’s a great practice . My mum is a nervous patient and the dentist is great with her . Absolutely great practice and would highly recommend.
sheila W.
I'm a very scared patient always to the point I'm sick and shakes my dentist Mrs bhunva is the best one so far she's so kind and caring and puts me at ease all the time the staff are loveky to I would defiantly recommend dunstable dental practice I have 100 per cent trust and faith in my dentist she's the best 👌
Bryan I.
Our dentist and hygienist are friendly, considerate and always willing to give advice. They make a visit to the dentist a pleasant experience. We continue to stick with Dunstable Dental Practice even though we’ve moved away from the area.
Jose Luis S.
Amazing dental practice starting from the ladies at the reception who really make you feel welcomed and then every other member of the staff like dental assistants who are very friendly and professional.I have to specially mention Adam who has been amazing from the first day, very professional and very reassuring. Considering that my level of anxiety while at the dentist is very high, every member of the staff has offered reassurance and they always made me feel more calm.Absolutely everything and everyone in this place is outstanding!! As I am leaving the country soon, I wish I could take you all back to Spain with me.Thank you guys. You are amazing!
David F.
I've just had my 6 month check up with Poonam Tanna. My teeth are rubbish but Poonam Tanna makes you feel like a special human being. Always encouraging and friendly. Only see one problem? If she left.
Dawn M.
Had an appointment with the hygienist today. Wow, my teeth feel so clean and they look amazing. I have made another appointment for three months time. I am thrilled!!
jithu K.
Went in to get my cavities sorted out. Got my appointment through Dano, who was very helpful and considarate. Up on my visit, I was greeted and well welcomed by a pleasant and charming reception team. Moreover, the dentist Mrs Prem was very gentle and reassuring, making sure I was comfortable throughout the procedure. I needed some drilling and fillings she did everything thoroughly while ensuring I was calm and comfortable during the whole procedure. In the end, she gave valuable insights on how to take care of dental health. It was really a good experience, I will recommend them to everyone
Allison O.
Poonam is great, explained my procedure in full and always puts you at ease, not a pleasure coming to the dentist but I am glad she is my dentist 😁 !!
Lee M.
Friendly, helpful and great service. Thanks very much.
Fran G.
I recently sadly had to have a tooth extracted after treatment was not successful. The practice was magnificent throughout. I always received a prompt, even same day, appointment and was treated with professionalism and kindness.
kamonporn G.
Excellent service . Very efficient.
John H.
I visited Dunstable dental today for my second part of a course of 4 fillings and 2 composite rebuilds.i cannot thank the dentist for his work awesome is an understatement made me feel a million dollars when I walked out with no chipped teeth anymore.i am a very nervous dental patient but will no longer worry so much thanks to this dentist ...kindest regards.see you in 3 months
Nuz F
Having struggled to find an emergency NHS dental appt I was seen by Dr Tanna several times over the past month. She has been amazing and was able to save my infected tooth.I highly recommend the practice and staff. Thank you once again!
Idris O.
Painless filling & professional handling
Sarah R.
Highly recommend this dentist, I’m a very nervous patient but Poonam & Adriana were fantastic. So kind and caring. Poonam always does a 5* treatment. Thank you so much ladies.
Milky Chu (.
Very good service provided.
Mary S.
Dental practice is amazing they always do their bestDaniel and Adriene were lovely
Alexandra I.
Kind and friendly staff!
michelle J.
Myself and my family have been clients of Mr Abbay Shah for over 20 years, always a great service and looked after well each visit. Todays visit was Abbay and Adriana and again all good, happy and polite visit. Will happily recommend them.
Dawn R.
Been registered here forever, never had an issue. Professionals all the way.
Dave T.
Very polite and friendly, giving lots of information and making you feel at ease, thabkyou Hussain & elaine
Imdad A.
This was my first time that I had to go to a dental, the staff was very helpful and friendly. It was my son’s dental check up and everything was great. Thank you so much
Jacek M.
Very happy with Hygienist
Kevinlaura P.
No problems well organised,welcoming staff,nice friendly helpful dentists(update) Had major issues with teeth, recently,and it was dealt with fantastically by Receptionists and also the dentist, sorted, issues out brilliantly, Kudos all round 👍☺️
sue H.
I’ve been visiting Danielle for over 25 years & she is an amazing dentist. With my very sensitive teeth she is so careful & I cannot praise her work & friendliness enough. Thank you so much
megan I.
Quick and easy. Lovely lady