Guidance for healthcare professionals
Most patients with an acute dental problem have one or more of the six symptoms below. Click on the first reported symptom then follow the subsequent questions to find out about any immediate advice or care you can give and whether the patient is likely to require Emergency, Urgent, Non-Urgent or Self Care. For an accessible version of this guidance, visit the SDCEP website.
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This guidance is intended for the management of acute dental problems. If the dental problem is secondary to a more significant problem (e.g. a significant facial injury) or is resulting in severe symptoms (e.g. difficulty breathing, severe dehydration), initial contact should be with appropriate emergency medical services via NHS 24 (Tel: 111).
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