Adelaide Dental Emergency

Sudden and severe tooth pain, toothache or accidents often happen outside of business hours. If you suffer toothache or damage to a tooth, it is important to seek emergency dental care as soon as possible to minimise pain or discomfort.

Emergency dental care for toothache or tooth trauma

Depending on the type of toothache or damage, there are several steps you should take immediately:

Severe pain: Immediately phone our office on (08) 8346 3940 for an emergency appointment at our Adelaide clinic. If it is out of hours, leave a message and return phone number so we can contact you as soon as the office opens. We reserve a number of appointments everyday for just these types of emergencies so can usually fit you in. If the pain is unbearable, we suggest you take pain relief medication and have someone take you to your local hospital’s emergency department for immediate treatment.

Mild pain: Phone our office for an appointment and explain the nature of your toothache. We’d suggest you take pain relief at home, such as paracetamol, to minimise your discomfort until you are able to see the dentist.

Knocked-out teeth: If a tooth is completely knocked out of its socket then the best thing to do is to insert it back into the socket in your gum. This will increase the chances of us being able to save the tooth. If this isn’t suitable then pop it into cold milk and bring it into us. Read on to find out more.

Many dental emergencies result from sporting accidents

Many dental emergencies result from sporting accidents.

What can I do with knocked out teeth or chipped teeth?

Sometimes a tooth can saved and reinserted. Provided the tooth is fully intact, it should be rinsed and reinserted into the socket. This will increase the chances of the tiny ligaments reattaching and bonding the tooth back into place. If you aren’t able to reinsert the tooth, then place it in milk to keep it moist and visit your dentist immediately.

While chipped or broken teeth cannot be reused in this way, your dentist may be able to treat and repair the remainder of the tooth. Again, make an appointment as soon as possible to ensure the health of your tooth is optimised.

So what are the main causes of toothache?

Cavities or tooth abscess: Toothaches are mostly caused by cavities, with the pain being due to the irritation caused by the bacteria to the tooth’s nerve. Without treatment, this can become an abscess, which may be extremely painful. In some cases you may need antibiotics as well as pain relief.

Cracked teeth or gum problems: Other times, toothache may result from a cracked tooth or a gum abscess. Again, we recommend you seek treatment as soon as possible and in most cases we can take immediate steps to reduce or eliminate your dental pain.

Non-tooth related: Sometimes painful teeth are the result of joint pain in the jaw. It is best to consult your dentist to identify the cause and appropriate treatment.

Call us on (08) 8346 3940 for emergency appointments. Please explain the nature of your emergency so we can prioritise an appointment for you.