Thursday, 12 March 2015

How to find an emergency dentist

One of my biggest fears is losing all my own teeth.  Why? Because I have an irrational fear of false teeth, something I have previously mentioned on this blog before.  It is a fear that started when I was a child and has stayed with me.  I cannot be in the same room as or see them, I freeze, break out in a sweat and want to vomit.  As part of my beauty regime, one thing I do is look after my teeth.  I have got to my 30 years and have never had a filling or a tooth out, something I am quite proud of.
No-one relishes a trip to the dentist, and when you're going as an emergency case, it's even more traumatic. Help is at hand though, as the smart, efficient and simple booking service available at Toothpick.com will guide you through the process step by step. It's really easy to book a dentist local to you, and, even better, it's completely free.


With 3500 NHS and private dentists throughout the UK listed on the site, you should be able to find an out of hours dentist close to home and book quickly online. The site's reach is expanding all the time, too. Every dentist featured on Toothpick.com has to meet what's known as the "Toothpick Promise", which means that they have the relevant qualifications, independent reviews of their practice are given, and they offer a fair price for treatment.

Toothpick's 100% Best Price Guarantee also promises that the price shown online will match what you pay at the surgery- if it doesn't, Toothpick.com will refund you the difference.


To use the service, simply type in the name of the town or city where you live or work, the postcode, or the name of the practice you wish to book if you have one in mind. Toothpick.com's search function will then bring up all the practices local to you, and from the bar above, you can then select "emergency", and whether or not you're looking for a private or an NHS appointment.

Available dates and times will then appear, and all you have to do is select the one that's best for you. You then type in a few quick details including your name and contact number, and the appointment is arranged. Appointments can be booked 24 hours a day, so there's no hanging around pressing the "call back" button on your phone when surgeries open at 8am.


For emergency NHS dental care, you will be charged a flat rate of £18.50, although you may require a follow up consultation which will incur a separate charge. For emergency dental treatment offered by the NHS, you don't need to bring paperwork or your ID, unless your dentist specifies otherwise.

For private dental care, if you have insurance then it is usually wise to bring a copy of your policy with you if practicable. Depending on the terms and conditions of your private dental insurance, you will usually have to pay for the treatment upfront, and you can claim it back later.


For when you're feeling better, it's also possible to search dental surgeries for specialisms and treatments offered (for example, you can search for dentists who are especially sympathetic to nervous patients, or for dentists who offer Invisalign treatment, or those who treat broken teeth, etc.).




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31 comments:

  1. What a brilliant service idea - which I must pass on to my bestie who was moaning about finding a dentist last week.

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  2. I certainly need to look more at this .. i always struggle and it makes the whole thing worse!

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  3. This is a great idea. We've been to our emergency out of hours dentist a few times over the years!

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  4. Sounds like a handy service. I worry about my teeth too, but like you I have no fillings either, but if something did go wrong, you'd want to have a dentist on hand.

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  5. Thank god I have never needed a emergency dentist, but its always good to be prepared :)

    Laura
    Pink Frenzy

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  6. I have been with my dentist since I was a child and he's great but will need to find a new one when we move so I will certainly use this service. Thanks for sharing x

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  7. For those that know me, they will know the awful time i have had facing the dentist. My fears are completely irrational and i hadn't been for 18 years. Unfortunately due to an abscess last year i had no choice to go and have found the most wonderful dentist. This is a great service and I will be looking into it some more xxx

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  8. This is a really good idea, my tooth broke last year and I panicked so much, luckily my dentist could get me in otherwise I don't know what I'd have done! xx

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  9. What a great service. My son just had 3 wisdom teeth out which was his first anaesthetic and first dental intervention havng had no fillings yet. Dentists seem to be figuring large in our lives at the moment.

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  10. This sounds like a great site. Thankfully I have never needed an emergency dentist but my hubby is always having problems with his teeth!

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  11. oh i do hate the dentist the really do scare the living day lights out of me x

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  12. ANd the worst dream is losing your teeth! What a great site, handy to know about

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  13. I'm lucky I have a good dentist, but I have been through this with a friend before, it's good to know there is such a service.

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  14. I always go to dentist, hopefully Ill never need an emergency one x

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  15. Very informative post, I have a private dentist and they have an emergency service which is really handy! xxx

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  16. That's pretty impressive that you've never needed a filling. I've never needed an emergency dentist before thankfully.

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  17. I've come across Toothpick before - they do sound like a good service. Teeth are incredibly important, it's true!

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  18. Sounds like a great service, I hate dentists they scare me so much.

    Sophie
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    www.pocockins.co.uk

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  19. I have never heard of this, so it is great to know for the future

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  20. This is very good price for an emergency care. I've never heard of this service before, so thank you so much for sharing.

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  21. Dentists really scare me. I don't have any fillings either but am so scared of the day I might need one!!

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  22. Thanks for the information, I'm not a huge fan of the dentist (even though I've never needed any treatment) and even reading The Demon Dentist to my son makes my teeth go on edge ;)

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  23. What a helpful post, it's so important to look after your teeth. I fear losing mine like you

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  24. I used to have a massive phobia of dentures as well, but since working as a carer I've kind of got over it! It has made me even more keen on looking after my own teeth though :)

    Jess xo
    http://just-jesss.blogspot.co.uk

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  25. I do not like visiting the dentist, but given the state of my teeth, that is impossible. Informative post.

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  26. Fingers crossed I'll never need an emergency when it comes to teeth. I cringe at the though of it and literally I bit my lip whilst reading this. Eeeeeek. It's good to know this country is well organised though.

    Creepers & Cupcakes

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  27. That's a very handy idea. It can be hard finding an emergency dentist sometimes.

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  28. Always useful to have a back up.
    What a fab idea

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  29. I needed an emergency dentist over xmas......don't think I have ever waited so long to be seen

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  30. really handy to know about this, thanks!

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  31. Good to know about this! I hate the dentist, such a scary place!

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