What are the most common dental emergencies?
— Unusual or unbearable toothache or gumache
— Broken or fractured teeth
— Unusual amount of bleeding in gums
— Knocked out teeth
What do I do if I have a dental emergency?
Any dental emergency like an injury to the teeth or gums can be potentially serious and should not be ignored.
Toothaches - There usually is little you can do to treat a toothache yourself. Take some painkillers like Panadol or Neurofen to decrease the pain and see your dentist ASAP.
Chipped or Broken Teeth - See your dentist as soon as possible to have it treated.
Knocked out teeth - Find the tooth and rinse it in milk or saline. If neither is available, use saliva. Do not use tap water. Try and insert the tooth back in the socket if possible; but never force it into the socket. If it's not possible to put the tooth back, put the tooth in a small container of milk. See your dentist within 1 hour for the best chance to save the tooth.
How much will emergency dental treatments cost?
The cost of your emergency dental appointment will vary depending upon your individual dental needs. Your dentist will discuss expected costs with you at the time of your appointment.
What should I expect during my appointment?
In an emergency appointment, the dentist will aim to reduce or stop the pain experienced and stabilise the situation. You will be given priority.
In what cases should I go to the hospital instead?
Dental emergencies, or traumas involving the face and mouth, that require immediate medical attention include:
- jaw fractures
- jaw dislocations
- large facial swelling
- serious trauma of the head
- difficulty breathing or swallowing