The gentle dental practice based in Hythe, Kent
COVID-19 UPDATE 08/06/2020
We are opening on the 15th June and our first appointments might be priority appointments.
We will not be able to provide all care from the start but we are working on this.
We will be contacting all patients in turn as and when we can book them in.
For emergencies, please leave a message and we will get back to you.
For out of hours emergencies, please call Dentaline on 01634 890300 or 111.
Our reception will be open mornings Monday to Friday. Out of these hours, please leave a message and we will get back to you the next working day.
If you have:
- Swelling on your face
- Difficulty swallowing
- Severe Pain
- Bleeding after trauma
Please call us on 01303 266657 for advice. We are only able to treat with advice, analgesia and/or antimicrobial means where appropriate.
If your condition cannot be managed by this service, you will be referred to the Local Urgent Dental Care System. These will be managed by local NHSE regions and are currently being established.
NHS DentaLine Emergency Clinic: 01634 890300
To find out more and ask about making an appointment, call 01634 890300 at the times shown below:
Monday to Friday
6.00pm -11.00 pm
Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays
8.30am - 1.30pm and 6.00pm - 11.00 pm
DentaLine is an out-of-hours emergency dental service and is only for dental emergencies and urgent symptoms during evenings, weekends or bank holidays.
The treatment DentaLine provides is temporary in nature and NHS charges apply. Clinics are strictly by appointment only.
DentaLine treats patients who are:
- suffering from a trauma injury
- haemorrhaging (bleeding heavily)
- suffering from severe facial swelling
- suffering from sudden onset of pain which is not controlled by over-the-counter medication
If you need to see a dentist urgently during the day and we are not open, contact NHS 111.
Managing Toothache at Home:
- Sensitivity – rub sensitive toothpaste onto the affected area and leave it on (e.g. Colgate Pro Relief or Sensodyne)
- A combination of ibuprofen and paracetamol can work well. PLEASE NOTE: there have been reports thatIbuprofen may increase the symptoms of COVID-19. If you have symptoms, only use paracetamol. Keep to recommended dose.
- Anaesthetic dental gel can help to numb the pain.
- Holes in teeth - temporary filling kits are available online or from supermarkets or pharmacies.
- Clove oil contains a chemical called eugenol, which acts as an anaesthetic and antibacterial agent. Clove oil is anti-inflammatory and antifungal. To use it for a toothache, dip a clean tissue, cotton swab, or cotton ball into the oil and wipe it over the gums at the point of the pain. People can also use whole cloves. Simply place them on the affected area for several minutes at a time.
- Keep your head elevated at night - when you lie down the blood pressure in the tooth can increase which increases pain.
- Sensitivity – rub sensitive toothpaste on the area
- Sharp edges – use a temporary filling material
Gum swelling or discharging pus:
- Rinse your mouth with warm salty water mouthwash. Dissolve a spoonful of salt in warm water and rinse around your mouth. Hold it in your mouth next to the infected area. Repeat several times a day.
- Never put heat externally on your face as this can draw the infection into the tissues in your face causing external swellings.
- If there is bacteria or food debris trapped between the gum and the tooth, this can cause pain. Thoroughly clean the area with floss or a TePe interdental brush.
- Topical anaesthetic dental gel.
- Any mouth ulcer which does not heal in two weeks should be checked by a dentist. Call us for advice.