Dental Emergency

What should I do in a dental emergency?


Persistent toothache is always a sign that you should see an emergency dentist as soon as possible.

  • Try to rinse your mouth with water and try to clean out debris from any obvious cavities. Use dental floss to remove any food that might be trapped.
  • If swelling is present, place a cold pack on the outside of your cheek.
  • Take pain relief, if necessary, after making sure you are not allergic to it.
  • Remember: pain relief tablets should be swallowed rather than placed directly on the tooth (e.g. aspirin might in burn your cheek if it is placed on a tooth).

Broken tooth:

  • Try to clean out any debris with warm water.
  • If the broken tooth was caused by a blow, place a cold pack on your face next to the injured tooth to minimize swelling.
  • Try to find all the bits that are missing.  Keep the bits moist and bring them to us. Some broken bits can be bonded back onto a tooth almost invisibly. Come to us as soon as practicable!

Loose wire from braces or retainers:

  • If a wire is causing irritation, cover its end with a small cotton ball or soft wax.
  • If a wire is embedded in your cheek, tongue or gum tissue, DO NOT attempt to remove it: let our emergency dentist remove it for you!


In the case of an emergency, book an appointment now – Epping: (02) 9868 3037 or Hornsby (02) 9476 6731 

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