Emergency Dentistry

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

During the COVID-19 pandemic we are maintaining our usual high infection control protocols and adding extra precautions like additional cleaning after each patient in our reception area and commonly touched items like door knobs, chair arms, pens and EFTPOS machine.  We will also check that you are fit and healthy and COVID-19 symptom free and will get you to sanitise your hands on entry to the practice and give you a pre-procedural mouth rinse to minimise the viruses and bacteria in your saliva.  Taking these steps, along with social distancing will help to ensure that your visit to us is as safe as possible (and certainly much safer than a trip to the supermarket!).

Dental emergencies are an unfortunate interruption. You’re eating something crunchy and suddenly a tooth cracks or you wake up in the morning with swelling and pain in your jaw. Suddenly, a necessary shift in your routine is required.

If you experience a toothache, lost filling or crown or if you experience pain or discomfort, contact our clinic as soon as possible. We can help.

We’ll treat you quickly, relieve your pain and organise a treatment plan to solve your condition. Of course, if you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, please go to your local emergency department.

Common Dental Emergencies

What are the most common reasons that people need emergency dental care?

Facial Swelling – A facial swelling is the most serious dental emergency and can be life threatening if left untreated.  Contact us immediately if you are experiencing a facial and we will prioritise seeing you.

Sudden Tooth Pain – Significant tooth pain with no apparent cause results in many an emergency dental visit. Tooth pain should never be ignored. Many serious conditions can cause tooth pain including:

  • Cavities that have penetrated deep into the tooth
  • Advanced gum disease
  • An abscessed tooth
  • Exposed tooth roots
  • An impacted tooth

These conditions should be treated promptly to prevent further damage to the tooth or spreading of the infection.

Chipped or Fractured Teeth – Chipped or broken teeth can be caused by sudden trauma to the mouth or by simply biting down on a hard object. Sometimes this happens because you had a cavity and didn’t know it, and the internal structure has been weakened. If possible, keep the chip or piece that broke off of the tooth and bring it with you to your appointment.

Lost Teeth – Whether your tooth was knocked out due to an injury or you lost a tooth for no apparent reason, losing a tooth is a dental emergency. In some cases, we can replace the tooth if we can get to it fast enough, but sometimes a lost tooth will have to be replaced with a dental implant or a bridge.

Our chances of saving the tooth are best if you retrieve the tooth and quickly rinse it with cool water, avoiding the root area. Try to replace the tooth back in the socket, but don’t force it. If the tooth can’t be replaced in the socket, keep it in a glass of milk. 

Other Dental Emergencies

Some of the other reasons we would need to see you quickly include:

  • A tooth has become dislodged (but not fully knocked out).
  • An object is stuck between your teeth that can’t be removed with brushing or dental floss.
  • A filling or crown has fallen out.
  • You are experiencing a dental abscess (infection).
  • You have injured your gums or palate.

Call our surgery to book an appointment for any dental emergency. Even during the COVID-19 pandemic we will be providing emergency dental treatment. We welcome new patients on an emergency basis and will help restore your oral health and your smile.