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Dental Emergencies

Dental Emergencies ToowoombaWhether you have chipped your tooth while eating or playing sports, or have a nagging toothache, we are here to handle all of your dental emergencies. We have emergency time available during our office hours. By calling early in the day you will be more likely to be seen on the same day.

If you have a dental emergency, our caring dental professionals are here to help. Contact us on 07 4639 4229 for the next available appointment.

What should I do in a dental emergency?

Toothache from Abscess

Persistent throbbing pain that is keeping you awake at night and is not relieved by medication with a pain level 7 and above requires immediate dental treatment. If you have swelling or fever and a prolonged reaction to heat, cold or pressure then please identify the tooth and notify the dentist about your recent medication.

Contact us on 07 4639 4229 for advice on pain relief prior to your appointment.

Knocked out tooth

Losing a tooth suddenly from a trauma or sporting injury may be able to be saved if you can get to an emergency dentist within 30 minutes. If the tooth is dirty (always consider it is), pick up the tooth holding it by the crown and not the freshly exposed roots. Rinse the tooth in milk and if unavailable use clean tepid water for just a few seconds.

Keep the tooth in the milk solution and immediately get to an emergency dentist. Other options are to wrap the tooth in clean material or plastic wrap. Ideally the patient may suck it clean and gently place the tooth back into the socket. An emergency dentist should see you immediately as timing is critical for successfully replanting the tooth.

Broken tooth

Patients with a broken or chipped tooth and/or lost fillings with minimal discomfort are advised to see the dentist within a week. Usually intermittent pain which is relieved by medication, a moderate pain level between 5 to 6, if the patient is able to sleep without pain and the sensitivity to heat and/or cold ceases within a few seconds also indicates that you should visit the dentist within a week or so.

Continually assess your condition, and if any of these symptoms increase and the pain level rises above 7 or more, then you will need to see the emergency dentist as soon as possible. Some broken bits of tooth may be able to be bonded back onto the teeth almost invisibly. Contact us as soon as practical.

Wedged objects between teeth

Carefully attempt to remove the object with dental floss or floss aids or an interdental brush (eg a Pickster). If unsuccessful, call us for an appointment.

Braces or retainers

All issues with braces and retainers will require the person who inserted the appliances to remedy the issue, usually the orthodontist. Use soft wax, a cotton ball or tip, first-aid kit gauze or even candle wax to cover the end of a brace wire causing irritation. Go to an emergency dentist to remove any items embedded in the tongue, cheek or gums.

A broken appliance can be temporarily bonded or secured in place by a dentist until you are able to see the orthodontist. Broken or loose brackets should be okay for a few days, but you may need to change chewing habits and food awareness.

Bitten tongue or lip

If necessary, apply direct pressure to the bleeding area with a clean cloth. If swelling is present, apply a cold compress. If bleeding doesn’t stop readily or the bite is severe, go to the emergency dentist or hospital.

Book an appointment

Call early in the morning to let us know if you need urgent attention.


Dental Emergencies Toowoomba | Apollonia House Dental | (07) 4639 4229