Dental Emergency? Here’s what to do..


At Smmmile, we understand that experiencing a toothache or a dental emergency over the Easter weekend can be particularly worrisome, especially when coupled with the joy of indulging in chocolates. These situations can cause stress, anxiety, and sometimes excessive pain, creating a need for immediate attention. The nature of dental emergencies varies vastly, from infections and abscesses to simpler issues like lost fillings that may not immediately cause pain.

Here are a few tips on what to do if you find yourself facing a dental emergency during the Easter weekend. While enjoying your chocolates, it’s essential to be prepared for any unforeseen dental issues, especially when dental practices may be closed due to the bank holiday. Remember, no two situations are ever the same, and seeking the assistance of a dentist as soon as possible is crucial.

Lost Filling / Fractured Tooth

Whether you’ve lost a filling or fractured a tooth, the experience may or may not come with pain. It’s vital to keep the affected area as clean as possible, especially when enjoying your Easter treats. Trapped food near the nerve can exacerbate pain or lead to further decay. Avoid playing with the area using your tongue, as this can cause ulcers. Consider purchasing an emergency dental kit from a pharmacy or health store to stabilise the situation temporarily until you can see a dentist after the bank holiday weekend. Remember, indulging in too many chocolates without addressing the issue can worsen the pain!

Dental Abscess

Dental abscesses, often originating from the teeth or gums, can be particularly troublesome during holidays when dental practices may be closed. Despite the pain, continue with your brushing and flossing routine to keep the area clean, even amidst your Easter celebrations. Manage pain with recommended over-the-counter medications like paracetamol and ibuprofen, ensuring you don’t exceed the daily dosage. Avoid taking antibiotics unless prescribed by a dentist or doctor. If swelling occurs, monitor it closely and seek emergency dental care or head to the emergency room if it’s impacting your eye or airway.


Accidents resulting in knocked-out teeth can happen at any time, even during holiday festivities. If a baby tooth is lost, there’s no need to panic, but ensure there are no remaining sharp objects in the child’s mouth and schedule a post-holiday dental review. For an adult tooth knocked out, handle it carefully and store it in milk or saline solution until you can see a dentist after the bank holiday. Remember, the longer the tooth remains out of place, the lower the chance of successful treatment. A dental professional can also assess for any additional damage to teeth or facial structures.

Wisdom Tooth Pain

Wisdom tooth pain can sometimes coincide with holiday celebrations, causing discomfort during Easter gatherings. While you enjoy your time with loved ones, manage pain with recommended medications and maintain oral hygiene with gentle brushing and warm salty mouthwashes. If symptoms worsen, such as difficulty swallowing or visible swelling on your face, seek dental attention promptly.

In conclusion, while you indulge in Easter chocolates and festivities, be mindful of your dental health and be prepared for any emergencies, especially when dental practices may be closed over the bank holiday weekend. Remember, prioritizing your dental well-being ensures a happy and healthy holiday season for you and your loved ones.

Enjoy every moment of your bank holiday weekend, and may your smiles remain bright and trouble-free! 

By Dr Shyaam Vallabh