Emergency Dentist Brisbane | Urgent Dental Care

Dental emergencies can strike at any time, and we know how uncomfortable it feels when acute pain sets in after a dental injury. Whether you are a Brisbane resident or just travelling through, we are always happy to help you navigate your dental concerns!

“Your dentist can help assess your dental emergency, and coordinate the required treatment to remove the discomfort and restore any lost function. We may also repair any aesthetic issues after an injury to your mouth, and its surrounding areas, such as the gums & tongue,” says Dr Stuart Garraway.

Our dental clinic in Brisbane CBD can care for all your dental emergency issues, such as –

  • Dental Trauma & Injury
  • Toothache
  • Broken Teeth
  • Avulsion (missing or knocked out tooth)
  • Swelling
  • Dental Abscess
  • Severe swelling or pain

Emergency Policy

We understand that painful dental problems need to be handled promptly and effectively.

At BOH Dental we provide emergency dental care during regular hours from Monday to Friday to any new patients that require emergency treatment, and all existing BOH patients have access to an on-call after-hours emergency dentist.

In the event of Prosthodontic related emergency issues, such as an issue with a dental implant, our specialist Prosthodontic department can provide emergency assessment, second opinions and consultations from Monday to Friday.

Common Dental Emergencies

Cracked, Chipped & Broken Teeth

A cracked or chipped tooth can provide an entry point for bacteria, and the resulting weakness in the tooth structure may lead to further fracture of the tooth. It is important to have these teeth assessed by your dentist as soon as possible.

In the event of a large chip, try to find the piece of the tooth so you can take it with you, and ring your dentist for an emergency appointment.

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Dental Injury & Trauma

Dental trauma encompasses any injury to the mouth, or surrounding areas, such as the gums, lips and tongue. Common incidents include sports-related trauma, workplace incidents and vehicular accidents.

After a dental injury, your dentist will offer treatments to restore function and aesthetics. They may also provide strategies to prevent further injury, for example, the use of a custom mouthguard during sports.

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Toothache & Dental Pain

Pain in the mouth is usually a symptom of an underlying issue, and your dentist can help assess your problem and treat the source of your dental pain.

A severe toothache and dental pain can be indicative of serious issues, such as an infected tooth nerve. In these cases, a dental appointment should be sought as soon as possible.

Knocked Out Tooth (Avulsion)

An avulsed tooth is a serious dental emergency and time is of the essence. A missing tooth will require treatment from a dentist as soon as possible.

Remember to note the time the injury occurred, and try to find the avulsed tooth and transport it safely. You can find a short guide on managing an avulsed tooth in our questions below.

Dislodged Filling or Crown

Often, a dislodged filling or crowns can be cemented back in place by your dentist. However, if your filling or crown is damaged then your dentist may recommend a new dental restoration.

Older dental restorations may lose their fit, which can impact their ability to stay in place. These fillings may dislodge without warning, and your dentist can assess whether a new restoration is needed.

Swelling & Bleeding

While swelling & bleeding may be minor, such as biting your cheek while eating, persistent or severe swelling usually indicates a serious issue.

To help prevent infection or the development of gum disease, persistent swelling and bleeding should be discussed with your dentist, who can assess the issue and provide appropriate oral hygiene strategies and dental treatments.

What should I do if I knock a tooth out?

Knocking out a tooth (i.e. an avulsed tooth) is a serious dental injury, and can even lead to the permanent loss of your tooth. However, in many circumstances, teeth can be saved if care is taken and professional help is sought – ideally, within 30 minutes.

Time is an incredibly important factor when it comes to the success of replacing an avulsed tooth, so make contact with your emergency dentist immediately, outline the nature of the injury and request an emergency consultation or a referral to a dentist that can provide one.

A brief checklist for managing an avulsed tooth is provided below –

  • Locate the tooth and handle carefully.
  • Take care to avoid additional trauma while handling –
    • Hold the tooth by the crown (top part of the tooth)
    • Do not touch the root
    • Do not scrub, brush or sterilize the tooth
  • Gently rinse with milk or saline solution. Use plain water as a last resort – and use sparingly.
  • Try replacing the tooth by positioning it back in the socket and gently biting down on a towel or handkerchief, but do not attempt if the socket is damaged or tooth is too brittle.
Teeth that cannot be replaced should be kept moist and transported in one of the following, from best to worst –
  • Physiologic transport medium (i.e. Saline Solution)
  • Cold milk
  • Saline-soaked gauze
  • Under the injured person’s tongue (if conscious & able to prevent choking)
  • Cup of water

What should I do if I have a broken tooth?

Teeth are commonly broken or chipped by eating hard foods or by direct injury, for example, from hard contact during sports.

In the event of a broken tooth, we recommend –
  • Try to clean any debris from the tooth with warm water.
  • If any swelling is present then place a cold compress on the area (on the outside of the face).
  • If the remaining tooth is sharp it may be covered with a piece of sugarfree gum or wax.
  • Try to find all the parts of the missing tooth to take to your dentist.
  • Store these in saline solution or milk.

Your dentist will assess whether your tooth is still viable and inform you of any treatments that may help restore the strength and function of your tooth, such as a dental filling or a crown.


What should I do about a loose dental implant?

An implant can feel loose for numerous reasons and your dentist can assess these issues using diagnostic techniques, such as dental X-rays. In some cases, the reason for a loose implant can be minor, such as a loose-fitted crown, or indicative of a larger issue that may impact the long-term health of your dental implant, such as Periodontal Disease.

In most cases, early discussion of loose Prosthodontic work with your dentist or Prosthodontist will allow them to offer simpler solutions that can save you both time and money.


Is tooth sensitivity a dental emergency?

While mild to moderate sensitivity is not typically considered a dental emergency, the development of other symptoms such as swelling can indicate a larger issue. Teeth can become sensitive for many reasons, including –
  • Dental decay
  • Exposed roots
  • Clenching & grinding
  • Infection of the dental pulp (Pulpitis)
In cases of severe dental sensitivity, emergency treatment may be suggested, for example, if your symptoms are stopping you sleeping or eating. Your dentist can assess these symptoms, diagnose the issue and formulate a treatment plan to help you manage your discomfort.

Is toothache a dental emergency?

The reasons for toothache can vary in cause and symptoms, and your dentist will need to assess your oral health to get a proper understanding of the underlying issues.

Toothache can be a result of many different factors, such as diet, existing dental work and your dental health history. Some of the common causes of toothache include –

  • Dental decay
  • Dental hypersensitivity
  • Infection of the dental pulp (Pulpitis)
  • Receding gums & exposed tooth roots

A toothache can be a symptom of previous trauma, particularly if the discomfort is severe, increases in intensity, or keeps you awake at night. In these cases, an emergency dental appointment may be suggested by your dentist.

If you are experiencing an uncomfortable toothache, then you will require a professional opinion. Our dental team is able to advise you on how to proceed in terms of pain prevention, pain management and an appropriate oral treatment plan.