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What to Do in a Dental Emergency

sleep dentistryA throbbing 3 am toothache. A fractured tooth from a sports mishap. Facial swelling. When a dental emergency strikes, it can be alarming and confusing to know the best steps to take. Our practice prioritises patient care and aims to accommodate urgent cases swiftly. Here’s what you need to know in case of a dental emergency.

Recognising a Dental Emergency

Dental emergencies can range from urgent to less urgent. The most pressing cases usually involve trauma or an infection that compromises the airway. For example, if you’ve taken a fall or a blow to the face that has damaged your teeth or cannot swallow or breathe properly due to a swollen infection, seek immediate dental or medical attention. On the other hand, less urgent cases like broken or chipped teeth that don’t cause immediate pain can often be treated within a few days.

Immediate Actions for Dental Trauma

If your tooth has been knocked out due to trauma, time is critical. Immediately place the tooth in milk to preserve the cells and come to our office straightaway. The sooner the tooth is placed back in position, the better the chances of reattaching the tooth successfully.

Handling Less Urgent Dental Issues

For less urgent situations like a cracked tooth, severe sensitivity or wisdom tooth discomfort, give us a call as soon as possible. We’ll work to arrange a same-day appointment or see you early the next day. Even if it’s after hours, leave a message so we can prioritise your care.

Get the Care You Need

If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, call our office immediately. We aim to provide prompt and helpful treatment to quickly get you back to comfort. Whether it’s urgent trauma or a bothersome chipped tooth, our team will ensure you’re well looked after.

Don’t let a dental emergency catch you off guard – contact Chatswood Dental Associates today and receive the care you need!


* Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

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