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Emergency Dentistry

At Warrnambool Smile Dental, we understand that dental emergencies can be extremely distressing and painful. That's why we make it our priority to provide same-day appointments for patients who are experiencing dental emergencies.

We take the health and safety of our patients seriously and are aware that dental infections can turn serious, causing severe pain, if left untreated. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you seek emergency dental care immediately if you experience toothache or any other dental emergencies.

We also offer flexible payment plans so that you can receive the care you need without worrying about the cost.

Emergency Dentist In Warrnambool

Most of us are aware of what to do when we have sudden swellings or fractured hands and legs after being knocked out or if there is sudden chest pain. We all run to the emergency; we always keep the emergency number of a nearby hospital accessible so we can rush there. But how many of us keep a contact number of an emergency dentist? Do you know the nearby emergency dental clinic if you need to rush there?

Dental emergencies can occur suddenly and unexpectedly, making it very important to have the contact details of a nearby emergency dentist readily available. But what exactly is considered a dental emergency? By being prepared and knowing what a dental emergency is, you can ensure that you receive the prompt and effective care you need to address any unexpected dental situations.

What Is A Dental Emergency?

A dental emergency is any situation involving your oral health that requires immediate attention to alleviate pain, prevent further damage or address a severe dental issue. Seeking prompt professional care is vital whenever a dental emergency arises.


What Is Considered A Dental Emergency?

You can ask a few questions before contacting an emergency dental clinic.

  • Is the toothache severe and bleeding profusely?
  • Did a sudden impact result in you losing a tooth?
  • Is there an infection in your mouth like an abscess and is it causing your face and gums to swell?
  • Unexpected bleeding from your mouth for no reason?

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should look for urgent dental care.

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What To Do During A Dental Emergency

There are several types of dental emergencies that may require you to go to an emergency dental clinic. But it’s also important to learn the necessary steps to take during a dental emergency in order to minimise the damage to your teeth, prevent (further) tooth loss & maintain overall health.

Remember quick action is vital during a dental emergency. Always contact our dentist for guidance based on your unique situation.

Types Of Dental Emergencies
& How You Can Help

There are several types of dental emergencies that can require you to go to an emergency dental clinic. But it would also be beneficial if you knew how to take care of the emergency when it happens, so you do not lose the tooth.


Toothache is common, but rarely it happens without a cause. It can be quite uncomfortable and a painful experience. Some of the common reasons for toothache can be due to:

  • Tooth decay
  • Tooth fractures
  • Tooth trauma
  • An eruption of the wisdom tooth (adolescence)
  • Infection
  • Gum problems
  • A dental abscess
  • A cracked or damaged tooth
  • A broken or loose filling


You alleviate the pain by following these steps:

  • Clean the affected area with warm water
  • Check if there is any food lodged in the area and remove them by using a clean finger, floss, or toothbrush
  • If the area is swollen use a cold compress
  • Avoid hot or cold foods
  • Elevate your head slightly when lying down
  • Take over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen following recommendation
  • Go to the dentist immediately


Knocked-Out Tooth (Avulsed)

Due to some unforeseen circumstances, an adult can get their tooth knocked out entirely. If it happens, go to urgent dental care immediately, time is crucial in such a case to save your tooth. A dentist will try to reimplant the tooth after determining the severity of the trauma.
Here’s how you can help:

  • Recover the tooth but do not touch the root of the tooth.
  • Rinse the debris and dirt off the tooth but do not scrape or scrub the tooth
  • You can apply gentle pressure to put the tooth back into the original socket or place it in the cheek pouch.
  • Keep the tooth wet until the reimplantation is done.

If the tooth cannot be saved and needs extraction, then dental implant treatment may be recommended upon assessment.

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At Warrnambool Smile Dental, we take dental emergencies very seriously and it is our policy to offer a same-day appointment for dental emergencies for existing and new patients. We do this because we are aware dental infections can cause severe pain and also become life-threatening.

If you have sustained toothache, although it may be tempting to just take some painkillers or go to your GP for antibiotics, these are only temporary measures and it is very important that you visit your dentist as soon as possible.

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