When to see a dentist
See a dentist if you or your child has:
- chipped, cracked or broken a tooth
If a piece of tooth has broken off, put it in milk or saliva (by spitting into a container if it's your tooth, or having your child spit into a container if it's theirs) and take it to the dentist.
Don't go to your GP. They won't be able to give you dental treatment.
How to see a dentist in an emergency or out of hours:
- call your dentist – if they're closed, their answerphone may say what to do
If you don't have a dentist or can't get an emergency appointment:
- call 111 – they can advise you what to do
- find a dentist near you – ask for an emergency appointment
You may have to pay for your appointment. Read more about NHS dental charges.