Dental Problems

For all dental problems, please seek help from a dentist. GPs and nurses are not qualified to diagnose or treat these. For urgent dental problems, please contact your dental practice to request an urgent appointment with them.

To find your nearest dentist, go to or contact NHS 111 for advice

For urgent dental care, with late openings 7 days per week, you could also contact:
Selly Oak Dental Practice
476 Bristol Road
Selly Oak
B29 6BQ
0121 414 1551
Scott Arms Dental Practice
914-916 Walsall Road
Great Barr
B42 1TG
0121 357 5000


Dental abscess

A dental abscess is a collection of pus that can form inside the teeth, in the gums, or in the bone that holds the teeth in place. It’s caused by a bacterial infection.

Dental abscesses are often painful, but aren’t always. In either case, they should be looked at by a dentist.

It’s important to get help as soon as possible, because abscesses don’t go away on their own. They can sometimes spread to other parts of the body and make you ill.

Dental Pain/Toothache

See a dentist if you have toothache that lasts more than 2 days. There are things you can do to ease it while you wait for an appointment.