We have daily emergency slots available for registered and non-registered patients. To book in for your emergency appointment call 01202 443882.

How do I know if I need to see an emergency dentist?

When experiencing oral discomfort it is often a difficult judgement call to make whether you need to pick up the phone and call for an emergency dental appointment.

There are different types of dental pain. Some are likely to ease on their own in time, and others need the urgent attention of a professional.

Here are some key signs and symptoms that would indicate the need to see a dentist:

  1. Swelling
  2. Ulcers, lumps or unusual patches that do not clear up after a few weeks
  3. Severe pain that keeps you awake at night, especially painful after a hot stimulus or extreme tenderness on biting
  4. Fever or dizziness associated with pain in the mouth
  5. Difficulty swallowing or opening the mouth
  6. Soreness to the soft tissues from a sharp tooth (i.e. ulceration of the side of the tongue rubbing against a broken tooth edge)

Important: If you experience swelling that extends to the neck and that feels it is constricting your airway, making it difficult to breathe or swallow, or are experiencing fever and weakness then you should seek attention at your nearest accident and emergency department.

If you are experiencing mild tenderness or just sensitivity to cold and have recently had some dental treatment, then it is likely that these symptoms are just slight irritation that will settle in time, a common experience after having a routine dental treatment. It is recommended to try taking over the counter pain killers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen. If you are taking the maximum advised dosage of both these painkillers over 24 hours and are still in pain then you may need to see a dentist.

Another common cause of pain can be caused by tooth grinding/clenching at night associated with stress. This can cause tooth tenderness, temperature sensitivity, jaw pain and even ear and headaches. If you have a mouth guard to wear at night it is worth wearing this for a few nights to see if the symptoms ease. Even a sports mouth guard would suffice or your dentist can make you a more comfortable one!

At Shelley Manor Dental we treat unregistered patients who need to see an emergency dentist in Bournemouth. The emergency appointment fee is £55, plus an additional fee for any treatment needed to get you ‘out of pain’, such as an emergency filling, root canal treatment or an extraction.

Address: Shelley Manor Medical Centre, Beechwood Avenue, Boscombe Manor, Bournemouth BH5 1LX. We are located on the 1st floor above the late night pharmacy. Tel: 01202 443882.

A pleasure!

If you want to make a trip to the dentist a pleasure, come here for first class professional treatment at Shelley Manor

Mrs I. Bowden

November 2017

“Must be the gentlest hygiene session I’ve ever experienced”

"Must be the gentlest hygiene session I've ever experienced, whether due to new technology or care of the hygienist I'm not sure but my teeth feel/look great now. I've booked my next session already. Old mansion house, first floor and renovation work in progress and new equipment getting fitted as I write this. Parking also available "

David Fraser, July 2017


I highly recommend the practice

Shelley Manor Dental provide a personal patient-centred approach to their treatment plans accommodating individual preferences and budgets! I came to see Tim after years of extensive dental work and implants. Tim has restored my teeth to a natural looking smile, whilst also considering the longevity of his treatment, my "bite", and overall what I wanted as a final outcome. The team have been friendly and approachable and I highly recommend the practice.

Anita (a nurse-teacher)

I was happy to find Tim Doyle

After trying many different dental practices I was happy to find Tim Doyle. His work is excellent and he has done a lot of work on my teeth to make them look better. I would be happy to recommend him and regularly do.

Miss S. Hendy

Thanks so much for your great work

Dear Shelley Manor Team,

Thanks so much for your great work.

After avoiding dentists for most of my adult life due to 'dental phobia' brought on by extensive treatment in childhood, I finally researched 'dentists' on the internet. The Shelley Manor website sounded perfect with the link to the lovely Debbie at Bournemouth Cognitive Behaviour. After emailing her and a short series of meetings she 'held my hand' and introduced me to Tim and the dental team. I have now had a course of treatment in a wonderfully calm, friendly environment free from pain or stress. I can recommend their services to anyone.

Richard R.

October 2016

Scared of the dentist? Visit Mr Tim Doyle at Shelley Manor Dental

As someone who had struggled with an irrational fear of the dentist since childhood, I was delighted to discover Shelley Manor Dental, a private dental practice owned and run by Mr Tim Doyle and his wife, Nuala.

Based in Shelley Manor Medical Centre, with easy parking and modern consulting rooms, this practice offers a range of services including those provided by a wonderfully sensitive hygienist named Eddie.

On every visit, I have been made to feel at ease. I am rarely kept waiting for more than a minute or two (important when your instinct is to run away!), and I'm always greeted with a warm welcome. Especially from Natalie, the lovely Dental Nurse.

Tim's calm, open and friendly approach makes it easy to relax once 'in the chair'. He knows his stuff, explains everything clearly and his obvious enthusiasm for his subject is infectious. Who knew that photos of an 'upper right 7' could be so interesting?

I will shortly be moving to Bath but, having found this gem of a dentist after ten years of searching for someone who did not make me feel foolish, I fully intend to remain a patient of Shelley Manor Dental for a long time to come.

Thank you Tim, Nuala, Natalie and Eddie for a first-class service.

W. Michie, October 2015

I will be forever grateful

I moved from the Midlands and first used Shelly Manor Dentist in 2011. I wanted to make my teeth more aesthetically pleasing as I have knocked my front teeth out after a cycling accident and the old caps were looking sad.
Tim was fantastic and between us we worked out a cost effective way of making my smile much nicer. I had veneers on all my upper teeth to match up the colour and was thrilled! Thank you Tim and Nuala, I will be forever grateful.

Samantha J Hudson

This is a really good dental practice…

...and I thoroughly recommend it. Tim Doyle is not only first class in what he does, he is a good communicator and is especially concerned about the needs and feelings of his patients.
Also the support staff are friendly and supportive, including Sharon who runs the office.
I have come to Tim from an NHS dental practice, but have not found much difference in charges. His practice is modern and very well equipped. I really like being able to see any x-ray details, immediately available and while you sit in the chair.
It is all extremely good and highly professional.

M.Jay   November 2014


Apart from the injection, I actually enjoyed the rest. I nearly fell asleep!! Thank you to the team.

Mrs M. D., July 2014

No need for improvements!

Lovely and friendly with a fantastic result. Can't thank the team enough!
Niamh K.F. June 2014

Other dentists could not get to the bottom of my problem

I suffered pain in my jaw for many years and I had worn down my lower teeth. I also suffered from related headaches. Other dentists could not get to the bottom of my problem. I was referred to an NHS dental specialist but I was told it was not possible to do anything for me.

Tim Doyle was the first person to tell me he was able to help. He diagnosed a temporomandibular joint disorder. To start with he referred me for physiotherapy on my head, jaw and face over the course of several months. Then in stages he replaced my lower teeth with crowns and bridges. I am very pleased with my end result and I have teeth that I can eat with. Aesthetically my teeth look better, and my headaches are much less frequent.

Margit M. (March 2014)

Cosy and homely, which makes me feel comfortable and at ease

I sought refuge three years ago at Shelley Manor Dental practice after many traumatic experiences at other dentists. I instantly felt listened to and all my needs were met in a warm and caring way. The environment is cosy and homely, which makes me feel comfortable and at ease. My experience of attending dental appointments and having dental treatment has completely changed since I came to the practice. I am not fearful anymore and have total trust in the team at Shelley Manor. I have been treated with respect and dignity each time and all my dental treatments have been outstanding.

Garance D. (February 14)