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Dental Emergencies

Woman with severe mouth painHave you chipped a tooth while eating or playing sport? Perhaps you have a nagging toothache, and the pain has gotten severe. The team at Sunnybank Plaza Dental handles dental emergencies and will strive to get you in on the day.

If you have a dental emergency after our regular hours, call and leave a message for us. We’ll return your call early in the morning the following day to fit you into our schedule. You can also email us, and we’ll get back to you straightaway.

Common Types of Dental Emergencies

If you think you have an emergency situation, there are some guidelines that you can follow until you’re able to get in for your appointment.

Toothache From Abscess

A throbbing pain that keeps you awake and isn’t relieved by medications requires immediate attention. You may experience swelling, fever and sensitivity. Be sure to avoid rubbing the area. Use cold compresses applied to the cheek on the outside near the problem area. For temporary relief, rinse out your mouth with salt water.

Knocked-Out Tooth

A sporting injury or trauma are common reasons a tooth is lost. It may be saved if you can arrive at the dentist within 30 minutes. When you pick the tooth up, hold it by the crown, not the root. Rinse it in milk, or if not available, water. Store the tooth in milk or plastic wrap until you reach the dentist’s office. If you can’t do any of the above, suck it clean and then place it gently back into the socket.

Chipped, Broken Tooth and Lost Fillings

If you have a chip, break or have lost a filling out of your tooth, you should see the dentist as soon as possible even if there is no pain. If you really can’t come in straightaway, be careful and avoid eating on the area to prevent it from chipping or breaking more before it can be attended to.

Stuck Objects Between Teeth

Dental floss or other flossing aids may be able to be used in carefully removing the object. Otherwise, visit a dentist.

Braces and Retainer Issues

Unless your treatment is being carried out by our dentists, your orthodontist is usually responsible for addressing any issues with your braces or retainer. If you are experiencing irritation from your braces or retainer, you can use a cotton ball, soft wax, gauze from a first aid kit or even clean candle wax to cover the problem area before you can see your orthodontist. If you have an item embedded in your cheek, gums or tongue, see an emergency dentist immediately. A broken appliance can be secured or bonded back in place by a dentist until you can see your orthodontist.

Bitten Lip or Tongue

Direct pressure should be applied with a clean cloth to any bleeding areas. A cold compress can reduce swelling. If the bleeding doesn’t seem to stop, go to the hospital or an emergency dentist.

Contact Us Straightaway

Are you having a dental emergency Sunnybank? Don’t wait to get the attention you need. Call or email us to have your issue promptly addressed.


* Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

Emergency Dentist Sunnybank, MacGregor, Robertson QLD | (07) 3344 6282