Emergency Dentistry

Dental emergencies can occur at any time and we will do our best to see you as soon as possible. We offer emergency appointments every day, and will try to accommodate you whenever we can.

Common Emergency Dentistry Symptoms

We understand that emergencies can be distressing and aim to help you be prepared ahead of time. How you react following a dental emergency or trauma may determine if you keep or lose your tooth.

Here are some of the top dental emergencies that we see and what you should do about them:


A toothache may not sound like a dental emergency until you have one. Pain associated with a toothache can be quite intense. It is important to clean out the area where the pain is coming from as soon as possible. Use a combination of brushing, rinsing with mouthwash and flossing to remove any debris from around your teeth and gums that may be causing the problem. Contact your dentist immediately.

Chipped or Cracked Tooth

If you have a chipped or cracked tooth, it is important to collect as many fragments of the broken tooth as possible and rinse your mouth out, being careful not to lose any pieces. You should keep the fragments in a cup of warm water and contact your dentist immediately. Be sure to take all the fragments to the dentist with you.

Knocked Out Tooth

It may be possible to restore a knocked-out tooth if you can keep the tooth in good condition and get to a dental office within 60 minutes. You should rinse your mouth out with warm water. If possible, try to place the tooth back into your mouth in the right direction and hold it there until you can get to the dentist. If you cannot get your tooth to fit back into the space, then place the tooth in a cup of cold milk. You also can use a cold compress to reduce swelling.

Tooth Abscess

An abscessed tooth is a sign of a serious infection in your mouth. If you have severe swelling of your gums or cheek, it is important to contact a dentist immediately or seek out treatment at the local hospital emergency room. A medical professional can give you a shot or prescribe medication to fight the infection.

In case of an emergency after hours, please contact the emergency department at Mackay Base hospital.
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