Patient Care In Dental Emergencies

Patient Care In Dental Emergencies

Prompt and effective treatment for Bedford emergency patients

A dental emergency can strike at any time, and quite often occurs when we least expect it. Whilst some dental problems, such as tooth decay, can largely be avoided with good cleaning and regular dental checks at our Bedford practice, other emergencies, such as a broken tooth, can happen at any time.

At The Dental Centre Bedford, we will always try to treat patients as promptly as we can and minimise any discomfort they may be feeling. Our team will also offer advice on how to stay comfortable until your emergency dental appointment arrives.

Pick up the phone

In the event that you break a tooth or have any other dental problem which needs treating quickly, please do call us straight away. There may be a limited number of available dental appointments, and the sooner that you call us, the sooner we are likely to be able to see you. For the most urgent situations, we will always try to see patients on the same day, where possible.


The treatment provided at The Dental Centre Bedford will depend on the nature of the problem. A small breakage may be restored using a filling, including the use of our popular mercury free fillings. As part of the procedure, you will likely be given a local anaesthetic to minimise any discomfort that would otherwise be felt.

A broken tooth may require more than a filling, depending on the extent and nature of the breakage and in some cases, the addition of a dental crown will be used to restore your tooth. At many practices, this would require a temporary crown to be fitted to the prepared tooth to protect it whilst the final crown was made at a laboratory. However, at our modern Bedford clinic, we can produce your new crown while you wait, using the ‘in-house’ Cerec milling system. A crown can be produced in this way in between one and two hours, and then attached. This avoids the need for a second, potentially inconvenient appointment.

Detached veneers and crowns

In the unlikely event that a crown or veneer becomes detached, please do not attempt to re-attach it yourself as you may cause further, significant damage. In the unlikely event that this happens to you, please call us straight away and we will re-attach it using the correct adhesive and alignment.

The important thing is not to put off arranging an appointment. A damaged tooth is more prone to infection, and delaying treatment may simply result in further damage and potentially pain. To make an appointment to see an emergency dentist at our local surgery, please call The Dental Centre Bedford on 01234 819868.