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Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies require professional attention as soon as possible. If not treated promptly, it can lead to further problems, which may require more expensive and complex treatment. A hospital emergency department or General Physician (GP) will not be able to resolve a general dental issue quickly, only provide brief pain relief or anti-biotics.

Emergency Dentist in Adelaide, South Australia

Dental emergencies can strike when you least expect them. A broken tooth, a lost filling or sudden, severe toothache can have you searching for a new dentist to help you. Whatever the cause it can be painful if you have to wait a long time for a dental care. Dr Sanghavi offers same-day emergency appointments and after hours services so you can be seen to quickly. Delaying treatment can lead to the spread of infection and more serious complications, so call us today without delay.

Do You Have a Dental Emergency?

The emergency dentist in Woodville will be able to see you after hours or on a Saturday if you happen to experience a true dental emergency. A service call out fee of $150 is required if you would like to see the dentist for an emergency between the hours of 8pm – 8am or anytime on a Sunday.
Call St Clair Dental in Woodville right away if you experience any of the following:

  • Throbbing severe Toothache; that keeps you from being able to sleep
  • Cracked tooth, possibly from biting on something hard
  • Knocked-Out tooth; sporting injury or other accident
  • Excessive bleeding; if you notice blood on your pillow from your gums overnight
  • Pain that is not relieved by painkillers; or if you have needed pain killers for more than 3 days due to a dental problem
  • Swollen cheeks, side of the face and or neck
  • Puss oozing out from side of gum

If you are unable to see the dentist right away, here are some things you can do as first aid to relieve your dental emergency.

Toothache and Pain

Pain is the most common reason people see a dentist for an emergency. Toothache is generally caused by deep infection that has reached the nerve of tooth, a large open cavity, erupting wisdom teeth and or some sort of traumatic injury.
Ask your pharmacist about an over-the-counter painkiller to help manage dental pain such as Ibuprofen. Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).
Ibuprofen is used to reduce fever and treat pain or inflammation caused by many conditions such as headache, toothache, back pain, arthritis, menstrual cramps, or minor injury.
Pain relief you select, do not take aspirin as this can cause complications with bleeding.

  • Toothaches: Rinse your mouth vigorously with warm salty water. Use dental floss to remove any food particles. Use a cold compress outside your mouth or on your cheek to minimize swelling.

Broken tooth

Broken teeth can at times not be painful, though do need attention because the inner layers of the teeth become exposed to bacteria and germs in your mouth. If the broken tooth is sharp, it can cause irritation and ulceration of your cheek, lips or tongue. Here are some helpful tips for things you can do for a broken tooth, until you can see the emergency dentist in Woodville.

  • Chipped or broken teeth: Rinse your mouth thoroughly with warm water. Use a cold compress outside your mouth to decrease swelling. As a temporary measure, you may press a small piece of sugarless gum around the sharp edge of the broken tooth to protect your cheeks, lips and tongue from rubbing.
  • Dental Crown come off: You may apply a little clove oil to the affected area if you are in pain. You may slip the crown back over your tooth using over-the-counter dental cement or toothpaste if possible.
  • Loose or fallen out filling: As a temporary measure, you may press a piece of sugarless gum into your cavity or use over-the-counter dental cement.

Knocked-Out Tooth

Teeth can be re-implanted if knocked out completely, if it is replaced quickly. Time is of the essence when it comes to teeth bring knocked out. Hold the tooth by the crown (the top part) and gently rinse it under water. Try not to touch the root (long yellow part) of the tooth with your fingers, as you will destroy the cells that exist on the outside.
Once clean, use a piece of sterile gauze from a first aid kit to gently place the tooth back in the socket. To ensure it is the right way around, match it up with the tooth beside it as a comparison. If you can’t out it back in the socket, place the tooth in a container of milk or spit some saliva into a cup and contact us for an appointment within ideally within 60 minutes of the injury occurring.


Stop bleeding inside the mouth by applying direct pressure on the area with a gauze pad or moist tea-bag. Bit down with your teeth or hold the gauze in place with your finger.
Call (08) 8445 1246 or click here to schedule same-day emergency appointment with a dentist in St Clair. Afterhours calls will be directed to an after-hours number.
We always have same day emergency appointments for those needing urgent attention. Call us on (08) 84451246 during business hours. Please note a call out fee may apply.
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