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When is a Toothache an Emergency?

Most people experience toothaches at some point in their lives. However, the pain can be subjective, making it challenging to determine if it warrants an emergency dental visit.

Preventative Dentistry

Although it may be tempting to take over-the-counter painkillers and try to bear the pain, doing so can worsen the problem and lead to more expensive treatment. Toothache is a symptom of an underlying issue and should not be ignored.

When should I book in to see my dentist?

If you experience a mild toothache or pain only felt when your teeth come into contact with hot or cold substances, it may not require same-day emergency care. However, dental pain can quickly escalate from mildly irritating to excruciating. The following reasons are considered a Toothache related emergency:

  1. If your Toothache keeps you awake at night to the point you can't sleep and you are experiencing intense pain

  2. You are unable to drink or eat due to the pain

  3. Pain medication doesn't seem to minimise the pain

Call us immediately at (07) 4646 4236  to book your emergency appointment and inform our receptionists about your situation. You may have an infected tooth that needs immediate attention.

Risks of Tooth Infection

If you have severe toothache and experience any of the symptoms below, it may indicate a serious infection that requires urgent medical attention. If you suffer from any of the following symptoms, go directly to the emergency room.

Symptoms of a severe tooth infection include:

  • High fever

  • Double vision or loss of vision

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Swelling of your cheeks, jaw, and/or neck

  • A foul taste in your mouth

  • Bad breath

  • Stiff neck

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Headache

Various dental issues can cause toothache, which can worsen over time if left untreated. Delaying medical treatment for toothache increases the risk of serious complications, such as tooth loss and severe infection. It is always better to seek medical attention sooner rather than later when it comes to your teeth.

In the case you are experiencing a severe toothache, please call us immediately for emergency dental care.


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