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Learn what to do in a dental emergency

A dental emergency can happen at any time, and without warning. These might include such a knocked-out or infected tooth, or severe dental pain. When faced with a dental emergency, knowing what to do and who to contact can make all the difference to your recovery.

Dr Jake shares his top tips on what to do if you are facing a dental emergency

What to do in a dental emergency

If you’re experiencing tooth pain or have had an impact to your mouth or teeth, it’s important to get it checked out as soon as possible. If you have sore gums or ulcers, severe toothache, or a knocked-out tooth, contact an emergency dentist. While you’re waiting to see your dentist, there are a few things you can do to temporarily relieve the pain or minimise further damage. 

Sore gums or ulcers

If you’ve noticed ulcers forming on your gums, this could be an early sign of infection. The best way to reduce the spread of infection in your mouth is to gargle salt water. Salt is highly effective in killing bacteria and can be the difference between a minor infection and a severe infection. Simply mix a heaped spoonful of salt with lukewarm water and then gargle. 


Even if you have a high pain threshold, tooth pain can make anyone seriously uncomfortable. While you wait for your emergency appointment with Gosford Family Dentist, take ibuprofen to reduce inflammation and temporarily help subdue the pain. Avoid sugary, hot, or cold foods and drinks during this time to avoid further pain and discomfort.

Displaced or knocked out teeth

If you have had an impact or knock to your teeth or mouth, call for an emergency dental visit immediately. In preparation for your visit, store the tooth in a container with milk or your own saliva. This is essential to ensure your tooth stays alive and can be reattached. Avoid touching the roots of the tooth, which can be easily damaged, and handle the top of the tooth or crown only. 

Contact Gosford Family Dentist if you are experiencing a dental emergency

Gosford Family Dentist is on call for any type of dental emergency. If you’re experiencing pain, contact our friendly team (02) 4325 3221 and ensure you see our dentists as soon as possible.

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