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Man with pain in jawEmergency Dental Care

From severe toothaches to broken teeth; if you have a dental emergency, the caring oral health care professionals at My Dentist are here to help. We have emergency appointments available during our office hours and are on-hand to assist you with any dental concern that arises.

What Should I Do in a Dental Emergency?

There are a number of dental emergencies which may occur, many of which we’ll walk you through below. If in doubt, you should always speak to one of our experienced dental staff by calling 07 3356 3636.

  • Toothache from Abscess: If persistent and throbbing pain in your mouth or jaw is keeping you awake at night (especially if it isn’t relieved by pain medication), then you will need to seek emergency dental assistance. We recommend not applying heat or pressure to the area, but instead, using a cold compress or rinsing your mouth with tepid salt water to ease the discomfort. If possible, have a family member or friend drive you to your emergency dental appointment.
  • Knocked out tooth: If you’ve lost a tooth due to trauma or a sporting injury, and can seek emergency dental treatment within 30 minutes, then it may be saved. If the tooth is accessible, handle it by only touching the crown (not the roots of the tooth). You’ll also want to keep it as clean as possible, either placing the tooth in milk or water. In some cases, you can even suck the tooth clean before placing it back into the socket until you can seek assistance. Alternatively, you can wrap the tooth in clean material or plastic wrap whilst transporting it to the dentist.
  • Broken tooth: If you’re suffering from a broken or chipped tooth, or a lost filling but are only experiencing minimal pain, then it is recommended you see your dentist within about a week from the incident occurring. You can usually relieve this intermittent pain with over-the-counter medication. Additionally, placing a cold compress on the face next to the injured tooth may reduce swelling and discomfort.
  • Wedged objects between teeth: If you’ve got something uncomfortably stuck between your teeth, then we advise you try removing it with dental floss or floss aids. If you’re unable to do so, please make an appointment to see us.
  • Bitten tongue or lip: If you’ve accidentally bitten your tongue or lip and it is bleeding, use a clean cloth to apply direct pressure on the area. If your tongue or lip begins to swell, you can also place a cold compress on it to reduce your symptoms. If the bleeding doesn’t seem to be stopping, schedule an emergency appointment with us straight away or visit the hospital.

Contact Us Today

Are you experiencing any of the dental emergencies listed above, or need to see us for a different, critical situation? Please schedule an emergency dental appointment by calling My Dentist. We’re on-hand to help!


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