Emergency Dental Appointments

At Sharrow Dental, we are committed to providing a 7-day service for our patients. Emergencies do not always happen between 8am and 5.30pm so our urgent dental care does not end there. Our doors are open for emergency dental appointments on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Please note that we cannot guarantee to provide routine NHS appointments (check-ups and treatments) at weekends.

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The type of conditions that we would consider to be an emergency include:

  • Swelling or abscess;
  • Dental trauma – a blow to the lips, teeth or other orofacial tissues without loss of consciousness or other injuries that go beyond what a dentist can offer;
  • Pain – toothache that keeps you up at night, is spontaneous or is painful when eating;
  • Persistent or intensifying pain, bleeding or swelling following an extraction or other dental procedure;
  • Broken tooth with associated toothache;
  • Lost filling/crown with associated pain or sensitivity (if no pain then perhaps wait until the working week);
  • Lost filling/crown on a front tooth that is visible when you smile;
  • Spontaneous and non-stop bleeding from gums or another part of the mouth;
  • Wisdom tooth pain;
  • Open or closed jaw lock.

If you are in pain while waiting to see a dentist, take painkillers or call NHS 111 for other self-care advice.

Only go to A&E in serious circumstances, such as severe facial swelling, severe bleeding or severe trauma to the facial skeleton.

If your condition does not fall under any of these categories, then please call reception to schedule a check-up or appointment to fix the problem.

Dental Trauma Management and Rehabilitation

1 in 4 people will experience dental trauma at some point over the course of their life. This can include chipped teeth, broken teeth with exposed nerves, split lips or cuts to the tongue and soft tissues, bruised or dislocated teeth, root fractures and loss of teeth. Dental trauma can be very stressful for the individuals involved as well as parents, friends and carers. Swift and expert treatment is critical to assure the long-term health of the teeth and tissues of the lips and mouth.

Dr Clough and his team are extremely knowledgeable in the field of dental trauma and oral rehabilitation with both Dr Tony Clough and Dr Frank Clough having presented internationally on the topic. Close relationships with local schools and sports clubs have established Sharrow Dental Practice as a local hub for immediate management of traumatic injuries and for long-term rehabilitation of these individuals with root canal treatment, bleaching, composite bonding, crowns, bridges, dentures and implants.

Book an Emergency Dental Appointment Today

If you are suffering with one of the above conditions, please call the Sharrow Dental team on 01245 354046 to book an emergency appointment.

Our general dental services include the following services:


What should I do if I knock my tooth out?

If the tooth is clean and if you can, try to put the tooth back in. Hold the tooth by the crown, rinse under cool running water for no more than 5 seconds first if there is any dirt or debris, and place it firmly back into the socket. Bite on a clean handkerchief for 15-20 minutes.

If you cannot get the tooth back in, it has more chance of survival if you can keep the tooth in your cheek until you can get to an emergency dentist. If this is not possible, keep the tooth in some milk.

The tooth needs to be placed back in the mouth ideally within 30 minutes, so seek dental attention promptly.

At your initial visit, your new dentist will take all of your personal details, such as your address and date of birth. They will also take a full medical history to make sure that they are fully aware of any illnesses or medication that you may be taking and they can then treat you safely.

The dentist will then carry out a full check-up and chart all of your teeth and previous treatment, they will also assess the condition of your gums and your general oral hygiene. They may also take diagnostic x-rays.

If you need to have any dental treatment, your dentist will discuss this with you. They may give you a treatment plan and tell you what the cost is going to be.

You can make any further appointments as necessary.

It is important to do your research and familiarise yourself with the process in the country you are looking at having the treatment, as well as speaking about it with your dentist here first. The things you need to think about are:


Many people who are going abroad are looking for more advanced (higher cost) procedures which are more likely to result in complications. No matter how skilled the clinician, there is always a risk of treatment failure. If complications do arise once you are home, it will not always be easy to return to the clinic that provided the treatment, especially if there is an infection. Your insurance may not cover the travel costs involved in returning to the clinic, especially if you wish to return with a partner or friend.


Procedures such as crowns, bridges, veneers and implants are not easily carried out rapidly. Expertise and time are essential to achieving a good outcome. For instance, to achieve a perfect bite, the patient can require repeat visits and a series of adjustments. This may not be possible if the dentist is abroad.

Language barriers

It is always important that your clinician can communicate with you and explain the treatment provided and recommendations for post-surgical care. This is always more difficult when English is not the first language of your practitioner. He or she needs to know exactly what you want and you need to know exactly what you are getting. Problems and complaints often arise from communication issues.

Varying standards and approaches

Different countries have a different concept of aesthetic beauty. For example, in the USA very white and even teeth are thought attractive, whereas in the UK we prefer a more natural smile. There are also varying clinical standards and while in the UK, dentists are more likely to save a tooth, in some countries, dentists may be more ready to extract. Not all countries have the same high standards of cross-infection control, and in developing countries there can be a higher incidence of infectious diseases.

Calculate costs

Many of those considering travelling abroad believe that private dentistry in the UK is not affordable. However, sometimes this is based on an assumption. It is advisable to talk to a number of dental practices, check prices and ascertain if they have a payment plan in place. This can help spread treatment costs, making treatment both affordable and accessible.

We understand that privacy is important. If you would rather give your details to us in confidence, please tell reception. We will arrange to use a side room to deal with anything confidential.

Liv Rutland

Chelmsford, Essex

Sorry it has taken me this long to write a review but I just want to thank Ian so much for my teeth. I had a brace put on and I was quite nervous throughout the whole procedure as I don’t feel totally comfortable whenever I go to the dentist, however Ian was always so professional and confident that I knew I was in safe hands. He is also very honest so you know what result you can achieve and what you can’t which I think is really important. I am so pleased with my teeth now the brace is off and I would 100% recommend!! thank you Ian & Sharrow.

Emini Jaggan

Chelmsford, Essex

Sharrow has been very warm and welcoming – good services all round. Mr Clough has been very meticulous in his treatment – very patient. Taking his time with everything he has done. I have recommended several people to his clinic and I hope they take my advice. Happy and comfortable with the service and my mouth is back to normal! So far so good! Thank you

Roger Watling

Chelmsford, Essex

Truly great dentist, it’s no accident that my family, my daughter’s husband and now his family now go there. Having had bad experiences in my early life , I’m so glad I found them and can only deduce that they only take on dentist who are a. fantastic at their job, b. very empathetic to those who have had bad experiences.

Abbie Crabtree

Chelmsford, Essex

I’m a very nervous patient. I’m absolutely petrified of dentists but this one I feel so comfortable at. They are absolutely amazing with me and I’d recommend to anyone who’s also nervous this is the surgery for you. Everyone is so lovely and welcoming. Thank you so much sharrows. 10/10 x

Bernie Dawson

Chelmsford, Essex

Absolutely wonderful service!

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