Dental Emergencies

Any injury to the teeth or gums can be potentially serious. Ignoring a dental problem can lead to delays in treatment, which can increase the risk of permanent damage as well as the need for more extensive and expensive treatment down the road.

We take Dental Emergencies very seriously! Should you have facial swelling, trauma or bleeding, you should contact us ASAP and we will see you straight away!

Other common ’emergencies’ will be assessed and seen usually within 24 hours.

Please Note: we can also take referrals for Denplan emergencies, as we are Denplan accredited.

Dental Emergencies

Common Dental Emergencies:


First, thoroughly rinse your mouth with warm water. Use dental floss to remove any lodged food. If your mouth is swollen, apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth or cheek. Never put aspirin or any other painkiller against the gums near the aching tooth because it may burn the gum tissue. Come and see us, as soon as possible!

Chipped or broken teeth

Save any pieces. Rinse the mouth using warm water; rinse any broken pieces. If there’s bleeding, apply a piece of gauze to the area for about 10 minutes or until the bleeding stops. Apply a cold compress to the outside of the mouth, cheek, or lip near the broken/chipped tooth to keep any swelling down and relieve pain. Come and see us, as soon as possible!

Objects caught between teeth

First, try using dental floss to very gently and carefully remove the object. If you can’t get the object out, come and see us, as soon as possible!. Never use a pin or other sharp object to poke at the stuck object. These instruments can cut your gums or scratch your tooth surface.

Lost crown

If the crown falls off, make an appointment to see us as soon as possible and bring the crown with you. If you can’t get to the dentist right away and the tooth is causing pain, use a cotton swab to apply a little clove oil to the sensitive area (Dentogen Clove Oil Gel can be purchased at your local pharmacy). If possible, slip the crown back over the tooth. Before doing so, coat the inner surface with an over-the-counter dental cement, toothpaste, or denture adhesive, to help hold the crown in place. Do not use super glue!

Broken braces wires

If a wire breaks or sticks out of a bracket or band and is poking your cheek, tongue or gum, try using the eraser end of a pencil to push the wire into a more comfortable position. If you can’t reposition the wire, cover the end with orthodontic wax, a small cotton ball, or piece of gauze until you can get to your orthodontist’s office. Never cut the wire, as you could end up swallowing it or breathing it into your lungs.

Lost filling

As a temporary measure, stick a piece of sugarless gum into the cavity (sugar-filled gum will cause pain) or use an over-the-counter dental cement. See us as soon as possible.

Extruded (partially dislodged) tooth

Make an appointment with us right away. Until you reach your dentist’s office, to relieve pain, apply a cold compress to the outside of the mouth or cheek in the affected area.

Loose brackets and bands

Temporarily reattach loose braces with a small piece of orthodontic wax. Alternatively, place the wax over the braces to provide a cushion. See your orthodontist as soon as possible. If the problem is a loose band, save it and call your orthodontist for an appointment to have it recemented or replaced (and to have missing spacers replaced).


Abscesses are infections that occur around the root of a tooth or in the space between the teeth and gums. Abscesses are a serious condition that can damage tissue and surrounding teeth, with the infection possibly spreading to other parts of the body if left untreated. Because of the serious oral health and general health problems that can result from an abscess. If you experience pain and/or swelling around your teeth and Gums, please see us as soon as possible. In the meantime, to ease the pain and draw the pus toward the surface, try rinsing your mouth with a mild salt -water solution (1/2 teaspoon of table salt in 8 ounces of water) several times a day.

Dental First Aid Tips

  • Clean the area around the sore tooth thoroughly
  • Rinse your mouth vigorously with lukewarm (body temperature) salt water to dislodge trapped food or debris
  • Do not use very hot or very cold salt water as this may inflame the gums
  • Do not place aspirin on the gum or on the aching tooth
  • If your face is swollen, apply a cold compress and seek help from a dentist as soon as possible
  • Cold water rinses may temporarily ease the pain from a throbbing tooth
  • Avoid lying down as this raises the blood pressure and increases pain
  • If a permanent tooth is knocked out, rinse it gently in water if it’s dirty, and push the tooth back into its socket. If this is not possible, put the tooth into milk or saliva to keep it moist. Get to a dentist or hospital casualty department as soon as possible
  • If a milk, or baby, tooth is knocked out, it must not be pushed back in

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