Birmingham Dental Hospital is a branch of the Birmingham Community Healthcare. It offers both emergency and general dental treatment. Birmingham Dental Hospital is associated with the Birmingham School of Dentistry and is the setting in which undergraduate dentists treat and manage patients under the supervision of qualified and highly respected clinicians.
The hospital is at the forefront of dental research; many of the clinicians and lecturers publish papers, contribute to research and even write dental textbooks.
For booked appointments, the dental hospital is open 9am-5pm on weekdays. You will be sent a letter confirming the time of your appointment, which floor it is on and the name of the student to whom you have been assigned. The dental hospital also deals with referrals from other dental practices and, for example, sees patients with ongoing periodontal (gum) problems, which require specialised care and treatment.
For emergency treatment, a walk-in service is available between the hours of 9am-5pm on weekdays. There is often a queue for emergency treatment, so patients are allowed to register as early as 7:30 to wait. After assessment and preliminary short-term treatment for pain management, a patient who visits the dental hospital as an emergency patient will be advised to make an appointment with their dentist for a more long-term solution to their problem. If a patient does not have a dentist, or would like to have the further treatment completed in the hospital, they can be placed on the waiting list to be assigned a dental student for further management. Sometimes waiting lists can be long as treatment at the hospital is very popular: the dental hospital is in a convenient location in the city centre and the cost of treatment is, in most instances, free of charge. The students work under the newest guidelines of dental care, aided and supervised by successful clinicians.
After 5pm on weekdays, and at the weekend, the dental hospital is closed. If you have a dental emergency in these hours there are other practices operating emergency services in the Birmingham area. Some emergency dentists are ten-minute journey from the dental hospital and offers an emergency service up to 11pm every day of the week, 365 days a year. Some even offer a 24-hour helpline is active over the weekend for dental advice, including pain management. Provided the practice is within its opening hours, you will always be able to have your dental emergency treated on the same day.
During a same-day emergency appointment your emergency dentist should remove pain and restore appearance, even if the solution is only temporary and requires a more permanent solution within the coming weeks. An Birmingham dentist recommends that you book an emergency appointment with them if you have any of the following complaints:
- Chipped or fractured tooth
- A tooth that has been knocked out
- A partially dislodged tooth
- A lost filling or crown
- Broken braces or orthodontic appliances
- Soft-tissue injuries
Along with making an emergency appointment, and ringing an emergency helpline for advice, the relevant dental professionals should have a variety of information online on how to relieve your dental pain.