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Have a Dental Emergency? We are here to help!​

For the best possible outcome, it is essential you get in touch with us ASAP. Our highly experienced emergency dentists will do the best to accommodate you and guide you on what to do next.

Dental emergencies can and do happen and when it does, we are just one call away! At Dentists In Annerley, we offer emergency dental treatments for all kinds of emergencies in South Brisbane including:

  • Wisdom tooth pain
  • Dental trauma
  • Tooth aches
  • Facial swelling
  • Abscess
  • Broken teeth
  • and much more!

Please bring any lost or broken teeth fragments with you to your appointment as we may be able to use this in your treatment.

Your care is our priority and we will do our absolute best to ensure you are attended to and made comfortable during these stressful times.

If there is major swelling of the face, eyes or throat, leading to difficulty breathing or seeing, or any loss of consciousness or vomiting please call 000 (triple zero) immediately!

What To Do If Your Tooth Fell Out

If your tooth has been knocked completely out of the socket and you have access to the tooth, grab the tooth only by the crown (the white part) and not by the root. If the tooth is substantially dirty, you can run it under water very gently or rinse it with your own saliva or milk – do not use a strong stream of water and do not scrub the tooth, even if its dirty, as you can damage the tooth.

You only have a short period of 45-60 minutes to re-insert the tooth successfully.

By holding the crown of the tooth, place the tooth root first into the socket and hold it in there gently by biting down on a piece of gauze or tissue until your appointment with your dentist.

If you cannot reinsert your tooth on your own, please store the tooth in your mouth or in milk until your emergency dental appointment. Do not store in water.

What To Do If You Have A Broken Tooth?

A broken tooth can cause a lot of pain due to exposure of the nerve and needs to be treated as soon as possible to get you out of pain. Some broken teeth do not cause pain but do also require urgent dental care to avoid further damage, infection, or potential pain.

Unfortunately, at home there is generally nothing that can be done to help assist a broken tooth. We do not recommend using any home materials to blunt out sharp edges and do not try and fill the break with any objects or materials at home, as doing so can further damage the tooth and make fixing the break a lot more difficult.

Eating on the other side of your mouth is recommended to avoid further damage and keeping the area clean, while rinsing with salt water.

Dental Trauma

Trauma is when an accident has caused significant damage to the teeth and/or soft tissues of the mouth and lips. Trauma requires immediate care to avoid potential long-term damage to the teeth and to stop any possible bleeding or further damage to the soft tissues. If you have swelling from trauma, it is recommended to gently place an ice pack on the area for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off. Please visit your nearest hospital or call 000 (triple zero) if you are experiencing any dizziness, vomiting, nausea, head/body injuries, blurry vision or fatigue.

If the trauma does not involve anything life threatening or does not require hospitalisation, then we would do an examination and diagnose and asses your condition, stabilise it, then discuss options from there.

Facial Swelling

In the event that you have swelling of the face, eyes or throat, it is extremely important that you seek immediate medical attention (please call 000 immediately), as in extreme cases, significant swelling can cause closure of the throat and difficulty breathing. Facial swelling may be caused by an infection and may require antibiotics and additional treatment at the time of appointment. 

Tooth Aches & Wisdom Tooth Pain

Tooth aches can cause a substantial amount of pain and require urgent dental care. A tooth ache can be caused by many things, including decay, broken teeth, infection, wisdom teeth, grinding and much more. It is difficult to understand the reason for a toothache without first examining the tooth. At this appointment we can give you further details regarding your options.

Wisdom teeth are a well-known culprit for causing tooth and jaw pain and it is something that most people will have to approach at one point in their life. They may sit in very close proximity to the inferior alveolar nerve and may require special surgery for removal. This is something we can examine with a special OPG radiograph or a CBCT (3D) scan. We will let you know if this is something that will be required before removal.


A dental emergency is any situation involving your teeth or gums that requires immediate medical attention. Common examples include severe toothache, knocked-out or broken teeth, abscesses, lost fillings or crowns, uncontrolled bleeding, and swelling or infection in the mouth.

Immediate treatment is crucial in a dental emergency. For example, a knocked-out tooth has the best chance of being saved if reinserted within an hour. For infections or severe pain, seeking treatment as soon as possible can prevent further complications.

For a severe toothache, rinse your mouth with warm water and gently use dental floss to remove any trapped food particles. Avoid applying aspirin directly to the tooth or gums. Over-the-counter pain relievers can provide temporary relief, but you should see a dentist as soon as possible.

If you have a broken or chipped tooth, rinse your mouth with warm water and apply a cold compress to the outside of your cheek to reduce swelling. If possible, save any broken tooth pieces. Avoid chewing with the damaged tooth and visit a dentist immediately.

If a tooth is knocked out, hold it by the crown (not the root), and rinse it gently if dirty. Try to reinsert it into the socket and hold it in place. If that’s not possible, keep the tooth moist in milk, saline solution, or saliva. Seek immediate dental care.

If you lose a filling, place a piece of sugarless gum into the cavity or use over-the-counter dental cement. If a crown falls off, try to place it back on the tooth with dental cement, toothpaste, or denture adhesive. See a dentist as soon as possible to have it properly fixed.

While occasional gum bleeding can occur with vigorous brushing or flossing, persistent or excessive bleeding may indicate a serious condition like periodontal disease and should be treated promptly.

For a jaw injury, apply a cold compress to reduce swelling. If the injury is severe, or if you suspect a fracture, go to an emergency room immediately. Follow-up with a dentist as soon as possible for further assessment.

A dental abscess is a serious infection that requires professional treatment. While waiting to see a dentist, rinse your mouth with mild saltwater solution several times a day to ease discomfort. Do not attempt to drain the abscess by yourself, as this can spread the infection.

Over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen can help manage dental pain temporarily. Avoid eating hard or chewy foods, and try to chew on the opposite side of your mouth. A cold compress applied to the cheek can reduce swelling and pain. However, these are only temporary measures, and seeing a dentist as soon as possible is essential.

Common signs of dental infections include severe toothache, sensitivity to hot or cold, swelling in the face or cheek, tender or swollen lymph nodes under the jaw or in the neck, fever, and a foul taste or smell in the mouth. Dental infections require prompt treatment to prevent spread to other parts of the body.

Yes, swelling in the mouth or face can be a sign of a serious infection, such as an abscess or cellulitis, and is considered a dental emergency. It’s crucial to seek immediate dental or medical attention, as these infections can rapidly worsen and become life-threatening.

A dental issue is urgent if it involves severe pain, significant bleeding, trauma to the teeth or mouth, swelling, signs of infection, or loss of a dental restoration like a filling or crown. These conditions require prompt attention to alleviate pain, treat infection, or prevent further complications.

For a bitten tongue or lip, clean the area gently with water and apply a cold compress to reduce swelling. If the bleeding is significant or doesn’t stop with pressure, seek emergency care. Stitching may be required for deep cuts.

While tooth sensitivity is often not an emergency, severe, sudden, or unexplained sensitivity, especially if accompanied by swelling or pain, may indicate an underlying problem like a fracture, abscess, or severe decay, and should be evaluated by a dentist promptly.

If a wire breaks on your braces, try to push the wire into a comfortable position using the eraser end of a pencil or cover the end with orthodontic wax. Avoid cutting the wire, as this can lead to accidental inhalation or swallowing. Contact your orthodontist as soon as possible for a repair.

Preventing dental emergencies involves maintaining good oral hygiene, wearing protective mouthguards during sports, avoiding chewing hard objects like ice or hard candy, and never using teeth to cut or open things. Regular dental check-ups can also detect issues early, preventing them from becoming emergencies.

Treatments for emergency dental situations vary depending on the issue and may include pain management, antibiotics for infections, temporary restorations for lost fillings or crowns, root canal therapy for abscesses, and sutures for soft tissue injuries.

Yes, untreated dental emergencies, especially infections like abscesses, can lead to serious health complications. An infection can spread to other parts of the face, the skull, and even the bloodstream, leading to potentially life-threatening conditions like sepsis. Prompt treatment of dental emergencies is crucial to prevent such serious consequences.

Dental emergencies can be relatively common in children due to their active lifestyles and learning phase of maintaining oral hygiene. Common emergencies in children include knocked-out teeth from falls or sports, dental infections from untreated decay, and soft tissue injuries from biting or cuts.

When preparing for an emergency dental visit, bring any dislodged teeth or dental restorations with you, and have your dental and medical history information available, including any allergies and medications you’re taking. If you’re in pain, avoid taking medications that might thin your blood, such as aspirin, unless prescribed.

While a lost filling may not always be a severe emergency, it should be addressed as soon as possible to avoid further damage to the tooth and potential pain or sensitivity. Temporary dental fillings can be purchased at a pharmacy to protect the tooth until you can see a dentist.

For temporary relief from wisdom teeth pain, rinse your mouth with warm salt water, use over-the-counter pain relievers, and apply a cold compress to the outside of your cheek. Avoiding hard or chewy foods can also help. However, persistent pain from wisdom teeth often requires professional dental attention.

After emergency dental treatment, follow your dentist’s specific aftercare instructions, which may include taking prescribed medications, using a special mouth rinse, and eating a soft diet. Good oral hygiene, avoiding certain foods, and refraining from smoking can aid in healing.

Ignoring a dental emergency can lead to increased pain, spread of infection, loss of teeth, and more complex and costly dental treatments in the future. In severe cases, dental infections can spread, posing serious health risks.

Over-the-counter products that can be useful in dental emergencies include dental pain relievers like ibuprofen, temporary filling materials, dental wax (for braces issues), and antiseptic oral rinses. These products can provide temporary relief but are not substitutes for professional dental treatment.

Yes, emergency dentists are equipped to perform extractions if necessary. Extractions may be required in emergencies like severe decay, advanced gum disease, or trauma resulting in irreparable tooth damage.

A dental emergency is a situation that requires immediate attention to alleviate severe pain, reduce the risk of severe infection, or address trauma to the mouth. Standard dental issues, while important, can typically wait for a scheduled appointment and don’t pose an immediate threat to a person’s oral health or overall well-being.