For all dental emergencies

A dental emergency is distressing and frightening and often means that you need dental treatment as quickly as possible.

You may need emergency dental treatment in Watford if you have:

  • A broken or knocked-out tooth
  • Ongoing toothache
  • Bleeding or swelling in the gums
  • Broken or damaged dental restoration such as a bridge or crown
  • Dental pain

If you are experiencing a dental emergency, it’s important that you call us on 01923 225437 as soon as possible so that we can try and arrange an appointment on the same day with the emergency dentist.

Our emergency dentist is available to see patients from Moor Park, Rickmansworth, Bushey, Chandler’s Cross, Watford and Hertfordshire.

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What is the process for a dental emergency in Watford?

You or a friend or relative should call us on 01923 225437 as soon as possible for an emergency dental appointment. We are more likely to get you an appointment with the emergency dentist if you call us early in the day.

We appreciate that dental emergencies can happen at any time. If you have a dental emergency outside of our usual opening hours, you should call 111 who are available every day until 9.30pm.

You do not need to be registered at Watford Dental Practice to see the emergency dentist. We will treat new patients for emergency dental treatment.

Advice for common dental emergencies in Watford

Some of the more common dental emergencies are listed here along with tips on how to handle them and help ease any pain whilst waiting to see the emergency dentist.


There are several reasons for toothache including tooth decay, gum disease and dental abscess. You may have pain, swelling and a fever.

If your toothache is persistent and you have any swelling you should call the emergency dentist.

Take paracetamol for the pain and try rinsing your mouth in salty water. Avoid eating or drinking anything that is very hot or cold.

Knocked-out tooth


Caused by trauma or injury, this is a frightening situation. You should call the emergency dentist as soon as possible as time is critical in attempting to save a knocked-out tooth.

Handle the tooth carefully – always by the crown and avoid touching the root. If possible, try to re-insert the tooth into your gum and hold it in place with a tissue or clean cloth.

If it’s not possible to re-insert the tooth, you should keep the tooth in a container of milk.

Broken, chipped or cracked tooth

You may experience a broken, chipped or cracked tooth from weakened enamel, a form of trauma or from biting down hard on an object such as a pen lid.

Take paracetamol for any pain whilst you wait to see the emergency dentist.

It’s important that you get dental treatment quickly to prevent further damage or risk an infection. After stabilising any pain, dental treatment may involve bonding, veneers or a crown depending on the severity of the damage.

FAQ's for Emergency Dentist

Will the emergency dental appointment be uncomfortable?

We aim to alleviate any pain that you are experiencing and so we may numb the area in your mouth using an injection.

Will I need to follow up the emergency dental appointment?

This will depend upon the nature of your dental emergency and the treatment that you receive with the emergency dentist. If you are suffering from a dental abscess, you may well need root canal therapy or an extraction. If you have a chipped or cracked tooth you may need more cosmetic dental treatment. A knocked-out tooth may require a form of restoration.

How can I help to prevent dental emergencies?

Sometimes, dental emergencies happen from a fall or accident and there is nothing you can do about that. Some dental emergencies like a toothache or dental abscess can be prevented from maintaining good oral hygiene and regularly visiting your dentist and hygienist.

Our Reviews

Richard K.
Rani and her assistant very kind and very professionalThank youRichard Kent
Vivek M.
The appointment is required to see a dentist. Overall, you are looked after from the beginning to end. Until you get the bill 😃
Very impressed....very professional...very modern clean environment.... dentist was excellent...will stay with practice...
R Hirani is an excellent dentist who makes me feel at ease….I would highly recommend her and this dental practice
This practice and the staff were a complete life saver! I was suffering from impacted wisdom tooth pain, and unable to get an appointment at my usual dentist any sooner than 5 days time. I was referred here by NHS 111, and the staff couldn't have been more helpful. The receptionist was lovely, very empathetic and was able to get me an emergency appointment two hours later. My appointment was with Mr. Aftab Hussain, and he was superb! Diagnosed the issue speedily, provided me with the treatment, discussed preventative measures and how the issue would be treated if it occured again, and made me laugh. Excellent all around! Thank you so much!
lillianne B.
had a wonderful experience with watford dental all pleasantly delightful and friendly. Made me feel so at ease as I am a nervous patient and guided me through all my treatment in such detail. Reception team were lovely. Spoke with the manager too who was a delight and very helpful, when i needed a refund for cancellation of a hygiene, as I was moving out of the area she explained in such detail of how the process worked. Thank you to everyone at watford dental.
Asha P.
Been a patient of Watford Dental since I was a child. Dr Abhay Shah is just incredible. So patient, reassuring and brilliant. Wouldn’t go anywhere else. 5 stars
Krishan P.
Fantastic practice. Wonderfully clean and professional environment. Team from reception to dentists and nurses are friendly, welcoming and know how to put your mind at ease. Thank you!
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Albert S.
After experiencing serious toothache for days the receptionist was more than helpful and happy to try and get me a same-day emergency appointment can't speak highly enough
Nishma S.
Had a really nice experience today at Watford Dental Practice. I am always anxious to visit the dentist and I was on this occasion too. However from the moment I was called in I was made to feel relaxed. The dentist explained everything to me and made sure I understood what was going on. The dentist was very gentle and I can honestly say the whole appointment was much better than I anticipated. I have recently changed to this dental practice and whole heartedly recommend them.
Kirsty P.
Always a wonderful experience with Watford dental practice. The receptionist staff are always helpful and friendly. I’ve just finished Invisalign treatment with Roshni who has been incredible. I’ll almost be sad to not be going back aside from for check ups! Very happy with everything from start to finish and would always recommend.
letitia J.
Visiting Watford Dental practice was a great experience for me and my sister, we travelled 2hours to been seen at this dentist and it did not disappoint.I was called in early for my appointment as I arrived early. To my delight the staff were very pleasant and helpful.I had a fantastic clean and check up and some brilliant advice was given. Sapphire and Roshni were particularly helpful and I would like to thank them for their amazing service.
Sushila S.
Excellent service from Priya and her team at Watford Dental Practice.
Willow H.
Feel so lucky to have this as my local dentist. The staff there are always so lovely and helpful. A special thank you to Roshni who is always such a joy to see and is so attentive, professional and caring!
I’ve been coming to this Practice for over 20 years and have had the same Dentist all this time Mr Shah is fantastic always puts me at ease due to my health there has been times I’ve had to cancel at the last minute once the receptionist has spoken to Mr Shah who is very understanding a new appointment is made so I’m sure they don’t strike you off for medical reasons more like not turning up without an explanation I would always recommend this practice and of course Mr Shah
Céline F.
I would highly recommend Watford Dental Practice. I have seen most of the dentists here and they are all amazing and all go out of their way to make sure you get the best care possible. I would like to especially thank Aftab and Zara who have both recently done treatment on my teeth. You cannot tell that my teeth have been restored they all look completely natural and white.Aftab and Zara were able to fit me in quickly at fairly short notice so that I could start my ortho treatment. Thanks for always being amazing 🙂
Kennan N.
I can only say that this was absolutely fantastic. The surgeon Zara was great and very gentle with my sensitive teeth and gums. Very easy to get an appointment and did not have to wait upon arrival.
Rabah D.
Excellent customer services, and good Dr 👍 experience,,,I'm highly recommend this practice.
Shahzad S.
A great practice to be associated with. Genuinely care about you and go out of the way to arrange consultations where necessary by the most appropriate doctor in the field . Special mention to Dr Roshni Hirani and Adrian Mullish .Cannot thank you both enough !
Jay R.
Roshni, Alisha and Nikki have been nothing but amazing with the treatment of my wisdom tooth managed to give great advice to ease the pain while I await for it to be removed, all this while keeping the cost to a minimum. Highly recommend and couldn't stress to get yourself booked in to see these absolute legends
adrian I.
dantastic service here today loverly staff best dentists going thank you to all loverly staff
michael S.
Been going there for a few months now, and I cannot recommend it highly.My,dentist, Roshhni,was amazing and so highly recommended 👌👏🙌😍They are a busy practice, but it's worth the Wait.
Joe M.
The experience I had here today was fantastic! My appointment was with Zara and she is first class. As soon as I arrived I felt incredibly comfortable and like I was being looked after by a true professional. Zara’s knowledge, passion and interpersonal skills truly make her one of the best in her field. I couldn’t recommend her enough. I left with a big smile on my face and that’s how you should feel after the dentist. Ready to show of those teeth 😀
Barbara M.
I highly recommend this practice. It was my first choice when I moved to Watford as it came recommended from friends, and they have not let me down. I’ve been a patient for over 2 years and they have never failed to see me when needed. I recently had a crown fit, by Zara, who is an incredible dentist and a credit to the practice. The reception team have always been efficient and polite too!
Candice D.
I wouldn't go anywhere else than seeing Zara at this dental practice. She and the team were very professional, I felt that I was in good hands. Zara was very gentle and kind to me, explaining what was going on. Having a phobia of dentists and not returning to one in over 10 years I will quite happily return to see her again and not avoid a visit for another decade
Jean-michel R.
Watford dental practice have been our family dentist since it started. The service i get everytime I attend is second to none both from the customer facing staff to the clinical staff. Even with the very difficult challenges they face with Covid-19 protocols, We have always been dealt with professionally so I can only commend them to any prospective clients.
Deborah W.
I have been at dentist many years I've had many teeth problems all the staff are so always luckey to get appointment. Receptionist her name is Carole.. fill like I've known her for ever so so helpful such a kind manner. She is so right for that job she takes my pain away talking to daughter comes to dentist to she is so happy there I must say thank you Carole
Nicholas H.
Watford Dental Practice have always provided a very good service
Stuart B.
Absolutely fantastic treatment at Watford dental practice, suffer with very bad anxiety and was treated fantastically by the dentist and reception team. Will be recommending them to my friends.Massive thank you to all at Watford Dental Service especially Carol and all the reception team for making me feel so welcome and settled. Will definitely be back keep up the great work. 👍👍👍👍👍
Nabil I.
Amazing sevice all the staff are very welcoming and nice