Emergency Dentistry

Even with the best of intentions, it’s possible to develop a dental emergency or a toothache because of trauma or an unexpected condition.

If you have a dental emergency, we invite you to contact our Toowoomba dental clinic at the first sign of trouble. By alerting us immediately, we can look after you and have the best chance of saving a troubled tooth.

Emergency Dentist Toowoomba

When you arrive at the surgery, we will begin by discussing recent symptoms and changes in your oral health. Have you recently had an accident or bumped a tooth? When did the pain begin? Is it general or can you identify the tooth that hurts?

patient in dental chair undergoing treatment - emergency dentist toowoombaOne of our Toowoomba dentists or assistants will take a digital x-ray image of the area to assist with diagnosis. Your dentist will discuss the condition and all available treatment options.

An emergency booking is designed to address pain and stabilise the tooth. We may be able to complete your procedure in one visit, but some treatment, such as dental crowns, will require a follow-up.

How to Avoid Dental Emergencies

The best way to avoid dental emergencies is to maintain your check-up and clean appointments. With regular visits, we can often identify changes in oral health that may indicate a problem before it results in a dental emergency. 

Preventive dentistry protects your smile and reduces costs for dentistry that come with dental emergencies and unexpected treatment. 

A healthy smile is an excellent reward for diligent care.

man with jaw pain - emergency dentist Toowoomba When a Toothache Is an Emergency

Anytime you experience dental pain, checking in with your dentist is a good idea. A toothache signifies a problem and the potential for it to worsen. Dental emergencies rarely resolve without treatment, so an appointment is a good idea and could help avoid issues in the future.

We reserve time in our daily schedules to treat dental emergencies, so you don’t have to wait. 

Some common reasons for emergency dental visits are painful tooth, swelling, inflamed gums. 

If you ever have doubts about whether you have a true dental emergency, please get in touch. One of our helpful staff will be more than happy to assist.

Contact Us to Arrange an Appointment

Whether you are one of our loyal patients or brand new to L&R Dental, we welcome you to get in touch. Our caring team of dentists, Dr. Leanne Welsh, Dr. Rachael Milford, and Dr. Phoebe Fernando, will have you feeling like yourself again so you can get back to your daily routine.

We are conveniently located in Toowoomba between Grand Central Shopping Centre and West Street, just across from Potter’s.


Dental Emergency FAQs 

Emergency situations of any kind can be alarming, but not knowing what to do and what constitutes as a dental emergency can cause unnecessary anxiety. Some dental emergencies are more urgent than others, and some will require immediate care. Dental emergencies can occur in the gums, soft tissue in your mouth, jaw, and teeth.

What is considered a dental emergency?

A dental emergency is a situation where you may be experiencing:

  • A painful tooth
  • A knocked-out tooth
  • Mobile permanent tooth
  • Swelling
  • Red, inflamed gums
  • Extreme sensitivity
  • Small bump on gums
  • Broken crown resulting in pain

Generally, as an adult, if you've had an accident, or had trauma to the face and you can't control the bleeding, alleviate the pain, or have lost a tooth, this is an emergency. If you haven't had an accident but are experiencing severe pain, you also need to see a dentist as soon as possible.

What should I do in a dental emergency? 

Dental emergencies can come out of nowhere, and it can be tough to know what the next steps are. If you've been in an accident or had an injury to the mouth, where your tooth has been knocked out or severely cracked or broken, your dentist considers this an emergency. Time can be of the essence to save the tooth. Generally, your chances to save your natural tooth may be as little as 30-60 minutes.

Here are a couple of steps to take if your tooth has been knocked out of its socket.

  • Stay calm
  • Contact your dentist
  • If you can, keep the tooth compressed in the socket it came from and hold it there till you get to the dentist
  • If this is not possible, rinse the tooth off and keep it with you in a container of milk or your saliva
  • Apply a wet gauze or compress to the socket to help with any bleeding
  • Get to your dentist or emergency hospital as quickly as possible

Even if it's outside opening hours, call your dentist. They may provide an after-hours emergency contact number on the answering machine. Otherwise, it would help if you went to your nearest hospital emergency room.

What if my tooth cannot be saved?

Time is of the essence when trying to save a tooth. If the tooth is replaced into the socket within five minutes of being knocked out, it has a good chance it can survive, and if it's been stored correctly and you get to a dentist under 60 minutes, there is also a good chance. However, if a tooth is out of the mouth over an hour, the chance of tooth survival decreases significantly.

If your tooth cannot be saved, your dentist will discuss options for you which will most likely include dental implants. A dental implant will look and act the same as your natural tooth. A dental implant is the only dental restoration that performs the same as your natural tooth.

Is toothache pain a reason for an emergency dentist visit?

Besides having been in an accident or having obvious trauma to the face or tooth, you could also be in an emergency if you're experiencing severe toothache pain.

Tooth pain can occur when consuming cold food or drink. Similarly, you can experience the same uncomfortable feeling while drinking or eating something hot. But this doesn't necessarily require emergency treatment.

However, if your symptoms include:

  • A consistent throbbing toothache
  • Fever
  • Foul-smelling breath
  • Swelling of the jaw, gums or face

You could have a tooth abscess which is a pocket of pus that develops at the root of the tooth, and it's a bacterial infection that needs immediate care. This won't go away on its own or heal with natural home remedies, and if left untreated, it can spread to other areas in the neck or head.