To many dental patients, there are fewer experiences more worrying than waking up in the middle of the night with a throbbing pain under one of their teeth.

While dental emergencies are extremely common, many patients are uninformed as to what situations actually require a same day trip to see their dental practitioner. Of course, while discomfort is an obvious indicator that something is amiss, there are many other conditions and presentations that should be seen immediately by a dental team.

But how exactly do you identify a dental emergency if there is no discomfort?

At Byfleet Dental Boutique, if you are concerned that you have a dental emergency, contact our dentist in West Byfleet as soon as you can. Our surgery sets aside appointments each day to deal with dental emergencies and so, the sooner you contact us, the sooner you can get on with your day without worrying about a recurring toothache!

So, what are some of the other indicators that you require a same-day appointment with our dentist in West Byfleet? Here are the top five dental emergencies that our team handles day to day.


Most people have seen someone who has a toothache and also has a swollen face.

While this is an obvious sign that there is an underlying issue with the jaw or teeth, any minor swellings should also prompt you to seek out an urgent appointment with our dentist in West Byfleet. Swelling could indicate anything from injury or inflammation, to a dental abscess, so it is best to have any swelling examined.

Chips and cracks

Cracks in the tooth and chips are common in dentistry and are usually the result of being involved in contact sports like rugby or football.

While they can seem pretty innocuous in themselves, any chip or crack should be examined by a dental professional as soon as possible, to fix the damage with composite, and prevent bacteria from gaining access to the pulp of the tooth.

Lost filling or crown

Lost fillings are treated daily in dental surgeries and, while you may not notice any discomfort, if you notice either of these issues, you should see a dental team at your earliest convenience. Once again, this is due to bacteria now having access to a sensitive and usually inaccessible part of your tooth, which can lead to dental abscesses or decay.


Most people have bitten their tongue at one time or another, but if you have a dental bleed that is not stopping, you need an emergency appointment.

Our team will assess the cause of your bleed, and may apply stitches or glues to temporarily seal the cut while it heals.

Lumps and bumps

Nothing is scarier than finding a lump in your mouth.

While an internet search will typically scare you into thinking you have cancer, rest assured that most oral lumps are benign but just to be safe, you should contact our team as soon as you discover any odd lumps, bumps or lesions.

It is said that it is better to avoid a problem altogether than try to fix one, and this is never more true than in dentistry. No one wants to go for a root canal or have to have a tooth pulled and practicing good oral hygiene is a great way to prevent this. Keeping your teeth healthy helps avoid gum disease, cavities, enamel wear and a host of other problems you may encounter due to a lack of care, but is brushing and flossing at home really enough? Is there more you can do to ensure a clean mouth and teeth? We at Byfleet Dental Boutique, your local dentist in West Byfleet have some services and solutions for you to look into when it comes to the practice of good oral hygiene.

Start them young

It is best to get into good oral health habits when young and for those of our patients with children, we would encourage you to bring them in for regular check-ups in a safe and friendly environment that gets them used to being at the dentist without fear. We also offer a number of services for children with preventive dentistry in mind.

Creating a positive experience - our dentist will aim to create a great first impression with your little one and studies have shown that this may ensure that children grow up unafraid of the dentist.

Spotting future problems - having your child receive treatment at the dentist in West Byfleet can help us catch problems like underbites, overbites, and crossbites from an early age, allowing us to treat them sooner and more easily than if they had to wait until adulthood.

Sealants - fissure sealants are applied to the biting area of children’s teeth to help prevent decay, this is a tooth coloured substance and a completely pain-free procedure.

Preventive treatments for all

Going that extra mile for your teeth is a great idea and at the dentist in West Byfleet, we offer hygiene appointments for anyone looking to get that extra clean.

Your appointment will be undertaken by a specially trained dental hygienist who will take care of any plaque that’s built up over time in hard to reach places that you may have missed. The hygienist’s role is to show you how to properly take care of your teeth, they will assess your teeth and gums to determine the level of cleaning treatment you need and will professionally clean your teeth with special equipment and pastes in a technique known as scaling and polishing.

Cancer screening

Checking for mouth cancer - a type of cancer that is currently on the rise according to some studies - is a prevention that is far better than finding a cure. It is recommended that you have a screening on a yearly basis, however, if you have sores, lumps or ulcers that won’t go away it is important that you come in to have them checked out and further treatment can be discussed.

The ravages of time do not discriminate, they come for us all and while some of us may accept the changes we see in our bodies, particularly our face, we all have the options available to us to fool the eye and turn back the clock on our appearance.

At Byfleet Dental Boutique, a dentist in West Byfleet, we aim to provide you with options to achieve desirable facial aesthetics, giving you the opportunity to look your best, all with the ease of a simple trip to the dentist.

What we offer

At your local dentist in West Byfleet, we have two services for you to choose from when it comes to beauty and preserving youthfulness. Whether you are looking to reverse the signs of ageing or prevent further manifestations of age, you will be in good hands from the start.

Our first anti-wrinkle treatment is the famous Botox; approved by the FDA in 2002 for its use as a cosmetic facial treatment, used by celebrities and everyone else who has concerns about looking younger quickly and safely, that doesn’t interfere with their daily lives.

The procedure lasts only 5-10 minutes and consists of a series of injections that relax small facial muscles and blocks the nerve impulses to them, leaving the skin looking smoother and younger.

There are several areas on the face that can be treated, depending on which ones you struggle with the most. These can include frown lines which are the vertical lines between the eyebrows and treating them can create a softer more gentle appearance to your expression. Other areas we can treat are the eyebrows, forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet and lines around the mouth and top lip, known as ‘smoker’s lines’. Results aren’t immediate, sometimes taking 4-7 days to take effect and they are not permanent. We advise a top-up of Botox every three months to keep up your desired facial aesthetics.

Dermal fillers - these have been around since the 1970s, but there has been much change and improvement to the procedure since then. In the past, the use of bovine collagen was the go-to for fillers, but an adverse reaction to the product was experienced by many individuals who were discovered to be allergic to the substance, as it did not work well in the human body.

Since then, hyaluronic acid and some other semi-synthetic fillers have been introduced and used with widespread success. Fillers are used to plump up lines and wrinkles making the skin look more youthful. As we age, our bodies lose hyaluronic acid so this procedure simply puts it back, fighting the ageing process naturally without the use of animal-based products. Fillers can also be used to plump the lips and even shape the face, neck contours and hands.

The procedure at your local dentist in West Byfleet will begin with a local anaesthetic to the area that needs to be filled, it then only takes a few minutes to inject the filler and its effect is visible immediately. Fillers can last from 6 to 12 months and require follow up treatments to maintain your youthful look.

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