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Emergency Dentist

Emergency dentist
Appointments available every weekday

Dental emergencies can happen to anyone, at anytime. Although we hope you never experience a dental emergency, at The Essex Smile Centre we do keep emergency times set aside every day to accommodate these cases.

If you have toothache and need emergency dental treatment, we would love to help you, you don’t need to be registered with us to book.  There aren’t many dental situations we haven’t seen, and everything can be gently resolved as pain free as possible.

We understand that if you or a member of your family is experiencing a dental emergency, it can be frightening and sometimes painful. We are committed to ensuring all our patients always feel comfortable and supported, and this is the same for dental emergency appointments too, and we’ll try to help you as quickly as possible.

If you need an emergency appointment please contact us now (we allocate appointments on a first come, first served basis).

What is a Dental Emergency?

The following qualify as Emergency appointments:

  • Severe toothache with pain radiating to eye, ear and / or throat
  • Kept awake at nights and uncontrollable with painkillers
  • Pain with Swelling and Temperature
  • Trauma to the face resulting in broken teeth

These do not qualify as emergency appointments, but will be treated as urgent appointments:

  • Lost or loose Crowns
  • Broken Dentures
  • Broken fillings or teeth with some or little sensitivity
  • Bleeding from the gums

What do I do on a weekday, weekend or public holiday?

Week Days

Please ring the practice as soon as possible. We allocate these on a first come first serve basis

Weekends & Holidays

We offer an on call system for all our Private and Denplan patients. We are open on a Saturday till 12.30pm. On Sundays / bank holidays the messages will be checked at mid-day and returned at the dentist earliest convenience. Any messages left after this time will not be heard. You must therefore wait until the following day.

What if I am an NHS patient?

NHS patients will need to ring NHS Services on 111 (dial 111 from your hand set) They will then assess you to see if you need to see a Dentist. If this is the case then you will be given a number to ring. You can opt to ring our private helpline and pay for any advice, treatment or medicine on a private basis.



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“I just wanted to send a quick email to thank all of the staff for assisting me with booking an appointment for my daughter who suffered a dental trauma and broken tooth. The care from the time I telephoned at 8.30 am and spoke to Sue to my further calls with Karen who managed to secure an appointment for me yesterday was absolutely wonderful – so compassionate and understanding, I cannot tell you how much that meant to me when both myself and my daughter were in a state of shock and my current dentist could not help.

I cannot put into words my gratitude to Nicola and Danielle who treated my daughter – the entire appointment was calm, clear and designed to put Alice at ease. I am astounded at the results achieved and this has meant my daughter could do her show today and finish her dance college summer school.

You should all be really proud about the work you do – it may have just been a normal appointment but it made a huge impact on us. Well done, thanks again and have a wonderful summer.” – Maggie