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What is Classed as a Dental Emergency?
  • Severe Pain: If you have severe tooth or gum pain, this requires urgent dental care.
  • Trauma: Cracked, chipped, or knocked-out teeth need urgent dental care to save them.
  • Excessive bleeding: Any excessive or uncontrollable bleeding in the mouth should be addressed immediately.
  • Swelling or abscess: Swelling in the mouth or face and extreme pain/fever may indicate a dental emergency that needs immediate attention.
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing: Breathing or swallowing problems caused by a dental issue require urgent attention (please go to the hospital if you have this).
Types of Dental Emergencies

A tooth can be knocked out by a blow to the mouth, or an accident involving the face. The complete tooth needs to be replaced in the socket as soon as possible


Toothaches are caused by decay, infection, trauma, or other factors like gum disease. Early diagnosis and treatment are crucial for identifying the cause of the pain.


Facial swelling & jaw pain resulting from an infected tooth requires prompt treatment. Your dentist can discuss options like extraction or root canal therapy after diagnosis.


Delaying treatment with teeth that have been chipped, cracked or fractures may mean the tooth will be unable to be saved.


Trauma from biting your lips or cheeks that causes excessive bleeding requires attention from a dentist in case stitches are needed.

All invasive or surgical procedures carry risks. Some people may not be suitable candidates for the above procedures. Your dentist will discuss all risks prior to commencing any treatment.

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