Advice for dental swelling
If you have dental swelling that is spreading and is compromising your breathing, swallowing or is causing your eye to close or and visual changes please contact 111 or 999 as this is a dental emergency.
SWELLING ON THE INSIDE OR THE OUTSIDE OF YOUR MOUTH
If you are experiencing swelling please get in touch with your practice and speak to your dentist. As dentists we are able to offer prescriptions for pain relief and antibiotics if appropriate and ways of getting the prescriptions to you.
If your dentists feels that it is appropriate he/she will refer you to your local emergency dental hub to be treated under strict procedures to keep you safe.
You will need to chat the specifics of this through with your dentist when you speak to them.
If the swelling worsens after or during taking the antibiotics then ring 111 for further advice and if it starts to affect your breathing then it may be necessary to call 999 but clearly this is a very unusual event.
If you would like to speak to one of our online dentists please contact us through the online advice page.