In case of a dental emergency, please call Adelaide City Dental Care on (08) 8212 3880.

Dental emergencies can include:

  • Interstate and overseas visitors with tooth trouble
  • Broken denture
  • Trauma
  • Loose or lost crown
  • Broken or chipped teeth
  • Falls with facial impact
  • Facial or gum swelling
  • Dental pain

We can provide you with prompt advice to assist you and we can arrange and appointment to see you.

Dental pain can be experienced by:

  • Pain when chewing
  • Lasting, spontaneous throbbing
  • Throbbing triggered by heat or cold
  • A sensitive, broken tooth
  • Erupting wisdom tooth causing swelling
  • A broken tooth which is sharp and “cutting” your cheek or tongue.

What can you do about your dental emergency in the meantime?

  • Take pain relief if you can tolerate it. Follow the instructions on the medication re dosage and keep it regular. An anti-inflammatory like Nurofen, or combination like Maxigesic works well.
  • Avoid the area if possible, stimulating the problem can be quite uncomfortable
  • Some dental pain will respond to rinsing with warm salt water
  • A cracked tooth will sometimes react to sweet things and firm food
  • Relax and have a lie down-rest does wonders

If you have any facial swelling, please contact our Adelaide practice on (08) 8212 3880, and advise our staff immediately.

A broken tooth may present as an area where food is becoming stuck. You may notice a “cracking” sound upon biting, or the tooth may have had a knock. A broken tooth can be sharp or rough and you may have noticed it with your tongue. Broken teeth will always feel like a large break, but chances are we can restore your tooth with a simple filling. We allow time in an emergency appointment to complete a filling, but in some cases, we may need to perform a more involved restoration which may require another appointment time.

What would be a dental emergency?
A broken tooth or pain or swelling from a tooth or jaw or face is a dental emergency. Depending on where the swelling is can require hospital admittance.
Is a tooth abscess an emergency?
Yes a tooth abscess is an emergency and you need to see a dentist as soon as practical.
Is a lost filling a dental emergency?
Yes a lost filling is a dental emergency. It will depend on a few factors such as where the fillings is lost from, any pain from the area and whether there is soft tissue injury as to how quickly you see a dentist. It is always best to ring for an appointment.
What is the most common dental emergency?
Common dental emergencies include broken teeth, and pain.
Is a tooth infection an emergency?
Yes a tooth infection is an emergency and you need to see a dentist as soon as practical.
Is losing a crown a dental emergency?
Losing a crown may be a dental emergency depending on where the crown is lost from, and whether there is pain or swelling. If a crown has just debonded it can be recemented but needs to be done as soon as possible.