Mint Dental SE1

Dental Abscess

Emergency appointment fees for a dental abscess:

  • Swelling or a bump under the gum that feels firm?
  • Intense toothache or pain in your gums?
  • High temperature and difficulty opening your mouth?
  • Do all of these symptoms feel worse when you lie down?

You likely have a dental abscess, which is a build-up of pus in the teeth and gums most caused by an infection. 

As an abscess will not go away independently, it requires urgent treatment by a dentist. It is essential to treat the infection before it becomes chronic. Visit our practice in London, SE1, today.

Dental abscess FAQs

What is a dental abscess?

A dental abscess is a build-up of pus typically on the gums as a result of an infection. The abscess either forms under the tooth, or in the supporting gum and bone (gingival, periodontal or periapical). 

How to tell if an abscess is spreading?

It might be rare for a tooth infection to spread to other areas of the body, however, as this does happen, you should be aware of the symptoms that point to tooth infections spreading.

  • Severe headaches and painful mouth or tongue.
  • Difficulty opening the mouth, swallowing, or breathing.
  • Nausea, vomiting or fever.
  • Double vision or drooping eyelids.
  • Swelling in the neck, cheeks or face.
How we treat dental abscesses

First, we’ll address the abscess by draining the pus.

However, the next steps might change depending on the cause of your dental abscess, which we will uncover during your emergency appointment.

For example, if your abscess was caused by a problem with the tooth or an infection in the root, we might prescribe a root canal (costs £375) as your best next step to save the tooth from extraction.

Dental abscess worst case scenario

In some cases, where the damage is too severe, we might not be able to save your tooth, so we will remove the dead tooth and provide you with some great options to replace it.

A typical tooth extraction will cost from £195.

Sometimes, a dental abscess can be caused by gum disease – and if this is the case, we will create a roadmap to help you manage your gum disease and reduce the chances of bacteria spreading radically through the mouth again.

Same-day appointments for absceses

A severe dental abscess is extremely painful. However, several stages of tooth abscess can be less painful than others and include different symptoms. 

Starting with enamel decay, plaque building up in the mouth leads to the development of pus; when this is not treated fast enough, the bacteria eats its way through the enamel entering the dentin. 

Once the tooth pulp becomes infected, an abscess forms, and ignoring it leads to bone erosion and tooth loss.

Your emergency appointment fee covers:

  • 3D imaging software allows us to see what’s really going on.
  • Appointments are faster, and diagnoses are more accurate.
  • Treatment is completed on the day for an additional cost.
  • Prescriptions and X-ray are included.
  • Patients can be seen within 2 hours of their call.


“Excellent clinic, super professional and compliant with COVID rules. They got me a quick appointment for an emergency tooth pain and treated it immediately. Would 100% recommend.” Alexandra, London

Your emergency, our priority

  • Ten emergency appointments are reserved daily.
  • Specialist dentists are on-call to deal with your emergency.
  • Out-of-hours phone line to push you to the top of the queue.
  • On-site CEREC machine to fit, repair or replace modern dental crowns.
  • Sedation dentistry options like IV, inhalation and oral sedation for anxious patients.

Dental tip: Abscesses develop relatively quickly, often within one day after the first sign of infection. As early detection is key, we recommend seeing a dentist regularly with check-ups every six months to spot signs or infections.

Andrew Forysth
Andrew Forysth
4 years a customer and always professional yet friendly service. Corrected my major issues (fillings/caps) and while they're keen to ensure ongoing 'perfect teeth' they don't hard sell peripheral / optional treatments. Highly recommended
Lucy MacCarthy
Lucy MacCarthy
I was looking for somewhere with a personal touch, that I could trust and that’s what I got at Mint. They always remember my name and are so polite. After a year of zoom meetings I really wanted my teeth to be straight and the results completely surpassed my expectations. I now feel comfortable taking photos! The team explained everything clearly (I felt I could ask anything multiple times) appointments were always organised and it was a really easy, worthwhile process. My teeth look like my teeth but are now at their best.
Jack Bell
Jack Bell
The clinic is a really lovely place to visit - it is extremely clean and all of the staff are very friendly. They were kind and reassuring all the way through my Invisalign treatment - as well as having amazing technology at their disposal. Dr Imran is so accommodating and kept everything simple, addressing any concerns straight away. All in all I would definitely recommend Mint Dental Clinic, a lovely experience all round.
Mitos Sangil
Mitos Sangil
Dr Patel has done very good job. He explains the procedure very well. He is very skilled. Staff are very friendly and accommodative. I booked for emergency procedure and the team are so quick to respond. The clinic is also very clean. Over all , I highly recommend Mint Clinic in St Georges road to everyone who gets problem with their teeth. 👏👏👏👍👍👍
Cesar Vicente
Cesar Vicente
Amazing experience at Mint dental clinic. Dr R Patel best dentist that has worked on my teeth.He explained all the treatment and has lots of experience. The staff is very friendly and very welcoming. They make you feel right at home. Assistant is very professional and very personable. Really happy with my Invisalign journey and the result.
Charlotte Fox
Charlotte Fox
Best dentist I’ve ever had! Have completed a year of Invisalign with Dr Patel and he has been so reassuring and kind throughout. From the reception staff to hygenists they really go above and beyond to make you feel looked after and special. I couldn’t recommend them enough!
Thomas Geoffrey
Thomas Geoffrey
Over the past six years Dr Raj and Preanka and all of the team at Mint have been exceptional. Every member of the team is exemplary at their expertise and I've never felt in better hands at the dentist. Affordable and top of the range, I would recommend them to anyone.
Mose Aitch
Mose Aitch
Excellent dental practice. A very smartly turned-out surgery. Staff are polite and very professional. I am impressed with the modern teeth scanning equipment. Dr Raj Patel will put you at ease. He is highly professional dentist. I have no problem in recommending Dr Patel and the rest of the Mint team.

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