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Emergency dentistry

If you need emergency dental treatment, our Sydney CBD clinic makes time for urgent appointments. If your teeth have been damaged or you’re experiencing persistent dental pain, please contact us immediately on (02) 9299 5504.

If you’re experiencing a medical emergency, seek emergency treatment from a doctor or hospital. Especially for problems like trauma to the jaw or face, you may be uncertain whether you have a medical or dental emergency – we strongly recommend erring on the side of caution by seeking medical treatment first.

Knowing what to do in a dental emergency can help improve your chances of recovery and manage symptoms. Here are a few tips for common emergencies.

Knocked-out tooth

Stay calm but act fast. If a permanent tooth has been knocked from its socket, it’s crucial to seek immediate professional care. Call us on (02) 9299 5504 to make an urgent appointment. Additionally, you should:

  • locate the tooth, taking care to touch it only by the crown (the “top” of the tooth, away from the end that was attached to the gum)
  • clean it by rinsing it quickly in milk or some saliva to remove any dirt or debris
  • try to put the tooth back in its socket and gently hold it in place
  • hold it against the inside of your cheek or in a small cup of milk or saliva, if it can’t be positioned back into its socket.

Additionally, you should:

  • locate the tooth, taking care to touch it only by the crown (the “top” of the tooth, away from the end that was attached to the gum)
  • clean it by rinsing it quickly in milk or some saliva to remove any dirt or debris
  • try to put the tooth back in its socket and gently hold it in place
  • hold it against the inside of your cheek or in a small cup of milk or saliva, if it can’t be positioned back into its socket.

Chipped or damaged tooth

Whether caused by a sporting accident or even just biting into a too-tough bagel, chipped, cracked and broken teeth are common. If the break is significant, it may damage the nerve inside your tooth and cause discomfort. Make an appointment with a dentist right away. In the meantime, you should:

  • rinse your mouth with warm water
  • use dental wax to temporarily cover any sharp edges
  • apply a cold compress to the outside of your cheek if you’re feeling pain or swelling.

Toothaches, sensitivity and dental pain

One common dental emergency is a severe toothache. If you’re experiencing any level of dental pain, even if it’s just a bit of discomfort or sensitivity, you should make an appointment with a dentist right away. If you’re looking for relief until you can see your dentist, try these tips:

  • Take over-the-counter pain relief as advised by your GP or pharmacist. You should only swallow painkiller capsules or tablets – never apply them directly to the gum, as some are acidic and may damage the gum tissue.
  • Use a cold compress against the outside of your cheek (not directly against the surface of your tooth).
  • Rinse your mouth with warm, salty water.

Broken dentures

If you wear dentures, they can become damaged or broken by accidents or even just gradual wear and tear. You should not try to repair dentures yourself – make an appointment with a dental professional instead.

  • Do not continue wearing damaged dentures. Remove the dentures and store them in a safe place.
  • Schedule an appointment ASAP.
  • Make sure to gather any pieces that have broken off.

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