DENTAL EMERGENCIES

What to do in a Dental Emergency


At Night Dental, we specialise in emergencies. We know that dental problems can be painful and cause anxiety, so rest assured you’ll be in good hands. You don’t need to book an appointment - just walk in and we’ll see you as soon as possible.


Please choose from the options below for advice on what to do in a particular dental emergency

  • Broken tooth

    How we treat your chipped or fractured tooth will depend on the degree of its injury. Whatever the damage might be, you should see a dentist to get the appropriate treatment. Don’t worry, as it’s usually easy to restore a damaged tooth. If it hurts, try to avoid biting in that area or eating hot or cold foods.

  • Lost/knocked out tooth

    If a blow or fall knocks one or more of your teeth out, you should recover it and remove any dirt or debris by gently rinsing it. To protect the fibres on the root surface, avoid handling the root. If you can keep it in its socket until you can get emergency dental treatment, your tooth will have a better chance of survival. If this isn’t possible, put it in a cup of milk. If the tooth is simply pushed out of place, don’t force it into its socket. You should just apply light finger pressure to reposition it to its normal alignment. Use a moist tissue or gauze to hold the tooth in its place and come in to Night Dental immediately.

  • Toothache

    If your teeth or gums are causing you severe pain that cannot be controlled by over the counter pain killers, come in to see us immediately so we can assess the cause and help solve the underlying problem.

  • Swollen mouth or gums

    If your mouth or gums are swollen, it’s usually due to an infection. This might be in your teeth or gum tissue, or there may be an abscess that has to be drained. An infected swelling would usually feel warm to the touch as well as being tender. You should come in immediately so you can be accurately diagnosed. After checking your teeth and gums thoroughly, an appropriate treatment and any necessary medications will be prescribed.

  • Lost or loose filling

    If a filling is loose, avoid disturbing it and come in to have it repaired or replaced. If it falls out, remove it from your mouth to avoid swallowing or choking on it. You won’t need to save it as it will be replaced with a new one.

  • Lost or broken crown

    If a crown becomes loose, we advise you have it re-cemented as soon as possible. If it falls out, keep it safe, as we may be able to cement it back into place. Sometimes, a root canal treatment is recommended if it was not performed before the crown was constructed. Come in to see us immediately to prevent this from happening.

  • Wisdom teeth extraction

    Wisdom teeth usually come in between ages 17 and 25 and they don’t always cause problems. If you do experience minor pain and swelling, rinsing periodically with a teaspoonful of salt dissolved in warm water can help. However, if the pain is more severe, come in to see us as the tooth may have to be removed.