Due to the Australian Dental Association (ADA) and NHMRC Infection Control Guidelines to slow the spread of the deadly Coronavirus, all non-urgent dental care has been stopped until proposed lockdown measures have been lifted. Wherever possible under the current Level 3 restrictions, patients will be screened to determine if symptoms require urgent dental care. If you feel like you have a dental emergency, contact us today on (03)9877 2589.

What is considered a dental emergency?

Dental emergencies can often happen at inconvenient times and when you least expect it. If you’ve had an accident or experiencing a sudden problem with your mouth or teeth, quick treatment may help to limit the severity of your problem. At Blackburn Family Dental Care, we’re a local, experienced and trusted Dental Practice that has been servicing Blackburn and neighbouring suburbs for decades. If you require emergency dental treatment, we are here to help.

To determine if emergency dental care is required or if you need to take a trip to the hospital, here is a list of questions to ask yourself:

  • Are you bleeding from the mouth, or experiencing severe pain?
  • Are you experiencing swelling of the face, bumps on your gums or a high fever?
  • Are you an adult experiencing loose teeth?
  • Do you have an infection?
  • Have you lost a tooth? Receiving fast treatment can potentially save your tooth. 

If your answer is ‘yes’ to any of the questions above, you may be experiencing a dental emergency. Generally, any dental issue that is life-threatening or requires treatment to alleviate severe pain, stop bleeding or to save a tooth, is considered a dental emergency. If you have any of these symptoms, ensure that you contact your dentist or go to the hospital immediately.


A recurring and severe toothache qualifies as a dental emergency and can be due to other underlying dental problems. If you are experiencing severe pain, contact your dentist for emergency care.

Filling Fell Out

If your filling has fallen out, the interior surface of your tooth will be exposed to bacteria and food particles, possibly leading to decay or infection. It’s advised to call your dentist immediately.

Emergency Root Canal

An emergency root canal treatment is performed when a dental infection or abscess is present. The aim of this treatment is to remove all infection from the root canal.

Emergency Extraction

If you are experiencing severe tooth decay, or if your tooth is too badly damaged to be saved, seeking help for an emergency extraction is a recommended option. 

Gum Pain

If your gums are bleeding, or aching, these are the most common signs of gum disease. Receiving emergency dental treatment and catching such a disease early is key. 

Draining Gum Abscess

Gum abscess is defined as a pocket of pus and bacteria from an infection in the gums. To resolve this, seek help from your dentist to drain the gum abscess and to treat your infection accordingly. 

What are the signs I need emergency dental treatment?

Dental emergency care and services are essential to prevent dental injuries from escalating to other serious problems. With so many different types of dental concerns, it can be sometimes difficult to identify which ones are emergencies. In severe cases, delaying a visit to the dentist can be the difference between keeping your tooth or not. Here are 6 signs that you should make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. 

  • Bleeding and ache in the gums

Whether you are experiencing swollen red gums that bleed when you brush, or inflamed gums that cause you severe pain on a regular basis or especially so during meals, these are immediate signs that you require emergency dental services. Aching and bleeding gums are all symptoms of gum disease or periodontal disease. These diseases need to be treated as soon as possible, to minimise chances of severe tooth loss.

  • Fractured teeth

If your teeth have cracked or fractured, you will need to receive emergency dental services. In cases where the fracture is severe, your gums and other adjacent teeth can be affected. If you are not experiencing any pain despite having cracked your teeth, it will still be best to seek emergency care as only your dentist will be able to assess the damage and advise accordingly.

  • Loose teeth

If your teeth are loose or knocked out, this is a clear sign that you require emergency dental treatment. With loose teeth, they often indicate signs of underlying issues, such as an infection. Sometimes, sports injuries and accidents can also be the cause. Your dentist will be able to conduct an examination to diagnose the extent of your injury and to provide the dental care required.

  • Toothache

Suffering from toothache or tooth numbness is one of the most common problems. However, it should not be ignored or considered an issue that does not require care or attention. A severe or recurring toothache can be due to other serious dental problems, and is something that needs to be examined by your dentist.

  • Headaches

While headaches are usually caused by a cold or fever, there is a possibility that if it is recurring, it can be connected to a dental problem. Decay in the teeth, severe gum diseases or tooth grinding can be closely tied to headaches. Therefore, it is imperative that you seek advice and treatment from your dentist immediately.

  • Swollen jaws

Swollen jaws are usually attributed to an infection on the gums, or of the glands in your mouth. Common symptoms include the inability to open your mouth without experiencing some pain, or even bad breath. Seeking help from an experienced dentist in such cases is recommended.

If you notice any of these signs or symptoms, it is important to ensure that proper dental consultation and emergency attention is sought. Sometimes, it may be a reflection of other significant issues and therefore it is crucial to seek help. In addition to this list of signs, there is a possibility that dental emergencies can occur after one undergoes any dental surgery or procedure. In the situation that your crown or filling falls off, immediate care is also needed.

What to do if these situations happened to you:

  • Broken or chipped teeth

Experiencing a broken, chipped or cracked tooth is incredibly common. If you face this problem, it is best that you visit your nearest dentist immediately. A broken or chipped tooth is vulnerable to the spread of bacteria, possibly resulting in infections or gum disease. Once you’ve realised you have a broken or chipped tooth, you should first find any pieces of your tooth and bring it along to your dentist. Depending on the fracture or crack, your dentist may be able to repair your tooth with the broken piece.

To reduce your discomfort before visiting your dentist, here’s what you can do:

  • Avoid foods or liquids that are too hot or too cold as extreme temperatures will cause severe pain.
  • If you are eating or drinking, avoid chewing on the side of your mouth where you’ve broken or chipped your tooth.
  • Take a pain medication.

During your appointment, your dentist will be able to access the damage and determine whether your tooth can be repaired. In some cases, the tooth may need to be extracted. If an emergency extraction is required, you will require follow-up appointments to restore the condition of your smile, with an artificial tooth or additional dental work. For example, cosmetic dental bondingor a dental crown can help to restore the appearance of a chipped tooth.


  • Knocked out tooth

For this emergency dental situation, fast and proper treatment can play a major role in saving the tooth. When a tooth gets knocked out, you should first locate the tooth. The remaining necessary steps differ for adults and kids, as follows:

For adults: The best solution is if it is still in your mouth, try to reinsert it into the socket. If it doesn’t stay, keep it under your tongue or in a cup of saliva/milk.

Forkids: DO NOT attempt to reinsert the tooth, and do not place it in the kid’s mouth. Store in a glass of milk.

Time is important for the survivability of the tooth. Should you face such a situation, contact us immediately for trauma management.


  • Severe tooth pain or sensitivity

Tooth pain, or toothache, can be caused by a cavity, a fractured tooth, a damaged nerve or even an infection. In the situation where the pain prevents you from being able to chew without discomfort, or if the pain is constant, you may be facing a dental emergency and should visit your dentist immediately. Fast and accurate treatment will help to prevent further problems. To determine whether you will receive a dental filling or any other treatment, however, will be dependent on your dentist’s assessment and the cause of the pain.

Some of the steps for teeth pain relief include:

  • Rinse your mouth out with salt water. To create salt water, dissolve half a teaspoon of salt to 1 cup of warm water.
  • Floss to remove any food debris.
  • Take an over-the-counter medication to reduce pain.

While these steps may relieve some of the pain, you should still schedule a visit with your dentist as soon as possible, and to avoid putting unnecessary pressure on the affected area.


What happens if I have severe swelling that is affecting my eye or throat?

In severe cases, where the infections can be potentially life-threatening, it is best to go to a local emergency hospital for immediate treatment.

What else should I know about dental emergencies?

Whether you have a broken or missing tooth, an infection or just experiencing severe teeth and gum pain, immediate dental treatment will help to increase the chances of a successful outcome. Receiving treatment as soon as possible can prevent additional pain or damage.

It is also essential to understand that in this regard, you cannot protect yourself 100% against any injury to your teeth but it is possible to take precautions.

How can I avoid a dental emergency?

These are several ways to protect yourself against a dental emergency.

  • If you are participating in a sports event or any rough activities, remember to wear a mouthguard. Wearing a mouthguard is an effective way to protect you against one of the most common causes of broken or chipped teeth – sports injuries.
  • Avoid using your teeth to cut or open anything. Whether you are attempting to open a bottle or a package, using your teeth in this instance can result in unnecessary pressure, which can cause a fracture or crack in your teeth.
  • Avoid chewing hard substances, such as popcorn kernels or ice. This can result in damaging your teeth.
  • If you have a dental filling or have had restoration work done, it is important to visit the dentist regularly to determine when is the best time to schedule a restoration. A dental emergency may occur when your filling falls out unexpectedly, and to resolve it, you will need to see a dentist immediately. The different options your dentist will present to you may include a root canal, or dental crown.
  • Remember to stick to a comprehensive dental hygiene routine. This preventative measure involves brushing twice a day, flossing regularly and using mouthwash.

If you are a parent that is worried about your children’s dental emergencies, bear in mind that baby teeth do not need to be saved. However, if a tooth is knocked out due to an injury, it is important to schedule an emergency dental appointment for an examination that will determine the possible signs of stress or damage.

Make an appointment with our dentists now

For all dental emergencies please contact us directly on (03)98772589.

Alternatively, you can book online 

In the event that you experience a dental emergency, you should seek dental care immediately. Blackburn Family Dental Care will try to accommodate your emergency, as soon as we have availability. In most cases, we will be able to see you on the same day.

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Conveniently positioned for patients seeking cosmetic dental bonding in Blackburn, Box Hill, Burwood, Nunawading, Mitcham, Vermont, Forest Hill, Canterbury & Surrey Hills. Our Blackburn North Dental Clinic is next to Blackburn station via the Belgrave or Lilydale line. Walk towards Main St (2 minutes) and you will see a light blue signage.

Parking is available behind Blackburn Family Dental, entering Main St or alternatively on S parade.

Many buses, including 703 and 765, are also in close proximity to our Blackburn North dental clinic.