Help with your dental emergency

Unfortunately, dental emergencies don't always coincide with your next check-up, or occur at a convenient time. If you are suffering from dental pain and discomfort, Dr Rez Dental in Liverpool can help, with an on-call emergency service available 7 days a week.

Easy to find, even in an emergency

Recently relocated to 24 Dale Street in Liverpool, our dental practice address is The Temple, 24 Dale Street, Liverpool L2 5RL. We’re close to Liverpool City Centre and only a short walk from both major train stations (Moorfields & Lime Street).

We're in excellent company alongside the UK’s brightest and best doctors and practitioners. Our patients' positive reviews describe us as ‘helpful, friendly and professional’ and ‘one of the best dentists’ in Liverpool. It’s a reputation to be proud of and we work hard every day on improving our skills, experience and service to try and be even better!

Such a calming environment

Amazing place. Such a calming environment. And Dr Rez fit me in last minute for an emergency appointment to replace a temporary veneer on my front tooth from another dentist which had fallen out. The young lady who answered the phone was very kind and understanding about my concerns and the urgency as I was heading to London for the weekend. I will definitely be looking to you for any future treatments. Thank you all.

Natasha Thornton

I have a dental emergency, what should I do?

Any dental emergency, like an injury to the teeth or gums can be potentially serious and should not be ignored.

Ignoring a dental problem can increase the risk of permanent damage as well as the need for more extensive and expensive treatment later on. On this page, we’ve set out some summary advice on what to do for some common dental problems.

In all cases, contact Dr Rez Dental as quickly as possible to book an emergency appointment on 0151 722 0618​.

Common dental problems

  • Toothache

    First, thoroughly rinse your mouth with warm water. Use dental floss to remove any lodged food. If your mouth is swollen, apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth or cheek. Never put aspirin or any other painkiller against the gums near the aching tooth because it may burn the gum tissue. See your Liverpool dentist as soon as possible.

  • Extruded (partially dislodged) tooth

    Contact us right away on 0151 722 0618​. Until you can get to the practice, to relieve pain, apply a cold compress to the outside of the mouth or cheek in the affected area. Take over-the-counter pain relief if needed.

  • Objects caught between the teeth

    First, try using dental floss to very gently and carefully remove the object. If you can't get the object out, see your dentist. Never use a pin or other sharp object to poke at the stuck object. These instruments can cut your gums or scratch your tooth surface.

  • Broken braces and wires

    If a wire on your brace breaks, cover the end with orthodontic wax, a small cotton ball, or piece of gauze until you can get to the Practice. Never cut the wire, as you could end up swallowing it or breathing it into your lungs.

    If a bracket comes away from your tooth during treatment, please contact the practice. Usually, the bracket will stay attached to the wire and can be left until your next appointment unless causing irritation. If the bracket does come away from the wire, please keep it safe and bring it with you to your next appointment.

  • Abscess

    Abscesses are infections that occur around the root of a tooth or in the space between the teeth and gums. Abscesses are a serious condition that can damage the tissue and surrounding teeth, with the infection possibly spreading to other parts of the body if left untreated. Because of the serious oral health and general health problems that can result from an abscess, please contact us at our Liverpool practice as soon as possible on 0151 722 0618 ​if you discover a pimple-like swelling on your gum that is usually painful.

    In the meantime, to ease the pain and draw the pus toward the surface, try rinsing your mouth with a mild saltwater solution (1/2 teaspoon of table salt in 8 ounces of water) several times a day.

  • Chipped or broken teeth

    Save any pieces of your teeth that you can find. Rinse your mouth, and any broken pieces of tooth using warm water. If there's bleeding, apply a piece of gauze to the area for about 10 minutes or until the bleeding stops. Apply a cold compress to the outside of the mouth, cheek, or lip near the broken/chipped tooth to keep any swelling down and relieve pain.

  • Knocked-out tooth

    Retrieve the tooth, hold it by the crown (the part that is usually exposed in the mouth) and rinse off the tooth root with water if it's dirty. Do not scrub it or remove any attached tissue fragments. If possible, try to put the tooth back in place. Make sure it's facing the right way. Never force it into the socket. If it's not possible to reinsert the tooth in the socket, put the tooth in a small container of milk (or cup of water that contains a pinch of table salt, if milk is not available) or a product containing cell growth medium, such as Save-a-Tooth.

    Knocked-out teeth with the highest chances of being saved are those seen by the dentist and returned to their socket within one hour of being knocked out.

  • Lost fillings or crowns

    As a temporary measure, stick a piece of sugarless gum into the cavity (sugar-filled gum will cause pain) or use an over-the-counter dental cement.

    If a crown falls off, make an appointment to see us as soon as possible and bring the crown with you. If you can't get to us right away and the tooth is causing pain, use a cotton swab to apply a little clove oil to the sensitive area (this can be purchased at your local chemist or in the spice aisle of your supermarket).

    If possible, slip the crown back over the tooth. Before doing so, coat the inner surface with an over-the-counter dental cement, toothpaste, or denture adhesive, to help hold the crown in place. Do not use super glue!

  • Soft tissue injuries

    Injuries to the soft tissues in your mouth, which include the tongue, cheeks, gums, and lips, can result in bleeding. Here’s what to do to control this:

    • Rinse your mouth with a mild salt-water solution

    • Use a moistened piece of gauze or tea bag to apply pressure to the bleeding site. Hold in place for 15 to 20 minutes

    • To both control bleeding and relieve pain, hold a cold compress to the outside of the mouth or cheek in the affected area for 5 to 10 minutes

    • If the bleeding doesn't stop, contact us right away or go to a hospital emergency department

    • Continue to apply pressure on the bleeding site with the gauze until you can be seen and treated

What if I am a nervous patient?

If you are anxious about visiting the dentist and receiving treatment we are here to help.

As a ‘dental phobia’ certified practice, our dentists have undergone extensive training in helping patients overcome their dental fears and are able to offer advanced solutions for nervous patients, including the latest techniques and treatments to ensure patient comfort and relaxation.

Our modern practice has been purpose-designed to be a home-from-home, with patient comfort prioritised. We combine this luxurious, calming environment with the clinically expertise of our team who are experienced not only in the latest dental techniques but in helping put our patients at ease. Talk to us about your concerns and we’ll take the time to help.

Book an emergency appointment today

Don’t suffer in silence - if you have a dental emergency call Dr Rez Dental as soon as you can. We allocate appointments every day for dental emergencies. Call us on 0151 722 0618​ as early as possible so we can try to see you on the same day.