Dental Emergencies

Dental Emergencies in Campsie

If you’ve lost or damaged a tooth, have a sudden toothache, your mouth is bleeding or you have other urgent symptoms, call Campsie Street Dental on (02) 9718 7907 to speak to our dentists.

We’ll offer professional advice to help you manage your symptoms and prevent the problem from developing into something worse. If you need to visit our dental clinic for urgent treatment, we’ll try to see you as soon as possible.

You can improve your chances of a full recovery after a dental accident by being prepared. Find out what to do in common emergency situations below.

What to do if you’ve knocked out a tooth

If a tooth has been knocked out but is still intact, there’s a chance we can reattach it if you take good care of it and can see a dentist in less than an hour. This doesn’t apply to baby teeth, as trying to reattach the tooth could affect the development of the permanent tooth underneath.

Hold the tooth by the crown (the part that’s visible in your mouth) and avoid touching the roots, as this could damage them. Keep it moist by trying to place it back into the socket if it fits, or in a container of milk or saliva if it doesn’t (not water).

What to do if you’ve broken, damaged or chipped a tooth

A chipped or broken tooth is a dental emergency and needs urgent treatment. The sooner you can see a dentist, the greater the chance they can save the tooth and it won’t need to be extracted.

As soon as the injury happens, rinse your mouth carefully to make sure any broken pieces are cleared away and not swallowed. If you feel pain or notice swelling, apply ice or a cold compress to the outside of your mouth.

If your gum is bleeding, apply pressure until it stops and take care not to let any sharp edges of the damaged tooth touch the soft tissues in your mouth, as this could lead to further injuries.


If you feel a persistent pain in your tooth, this could indicate an oral health problem such as an infected tooth or abscess. You should make an appointment to see a dentist and get a diagnosis as soon as possible.

Rinse your mouth and check for food or other objects trapped between your teeth that could be causing the pain. To relieve pain and discomfort, you can try applying ice or a cold compress to your cheek or taking over-the-counter pain relief medicine (in accordance with directions from your GP).

Damaged braces

If you damage your brace brackets or wires, this could interfere with your orthodontic treatment. They need to be repaired by your dentist as soon as possible.

You can temporarily reattach loose bands using orthodontic wax, but you shouldn’t try to carry out any brace repairs yourself. If a loose wire is touching your cheek or other soft tissues, try to move it into a safer position without damaging it and cover the end with wax.

Damaged crowns

It’s not just damaged teeth that count as dental emergencies. If you break or lose a dental restoration, such as a crown, filling, denture or veneer, this can also affect your oral health.

Make an appointment to see your dentist and try to find every piece of the restoration, as it may be able to be reattached if it’s still largely intact.

Food stuck between teeth

If there’s a piece of food or an object trapped between your teeth, this can cause pain and discomfort and attract bacteria if it isn’t removed. This is rarely a dental emergency, but if you can’t remove a trapped object or you’re worried it might damage your tooth, you should make an appointment with your dentist.

Don’t use a toothpick, pin, knife or other sharp object to try to dislodge the object, as this could scratch your tooth or injure your mouth. Instead, try to remove it gently using dental floss.

Make an appointment

Do you need to see an emergency dentist in Sydney? Call Campsie Street Dental on (02) 9718 7907 for emergency advice or to book a same day appointment.