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What to Consider if you need Emergency Dental Care

womans hands holding family paper cutoutHello Wellness Dental Bronte Patients,

With the restrictions in place we wanted to let you know the best way to handle a dental emergency.

Emergencies can happen at any time, and those of you that have experienced them before know that they can be anxiety provoking or painful.

Saying that, not many people know what a dental emergency is exactly, who can be contacted and what they can do at home in such a situation. So, we’ve put together some simple guidelines for you to follow if this is to occur, and let’s first cover the type of situations where emergency dental treatment may be needed:

Is it Urgent?

Certain dental emergencies need to have immediate attention and are considered more urgent than others that can wait. If you find yourself in pain or suffer a dental injury/trauma then it’s important to know the different between the two, particularly if our surgery is closed at night or over a weekend.

Here are some examples of URGENT dental situations:

  • A knocked out tooth, or a tooth that has been dislodged
  • Toothache that will just not go away
  • Sensitivity that is extreme
  • Painful swelling of your face
  • Swollen cheeks/face with toothache combined

All of these require immediate dental emergency care so best to not delay.

We do have an after hours number that you can call, however if still not able to contact us go to your nearest hospital emergency department.

What Is Considered A Non-urgent Dental Emergency?

Here are some examples of non-urgent dental emergencies:

  • Broken or cracked teeth (without pain)
  • Food getting stuck between your teeth
  • A small chip in a tooth
  • A lost filling or crown (without pain)
  • Broken Nightguard or Plate
  • Sensitivity of teeth that is mild
  • Mild gum irritation

Whilst these are not considered urgent dental emergencies, it’s still recommended to contact us as an emergency dentist as soon as possible.

Although you may need to wait if after hours, it’s important that we know the situation that may be helped with a few more questions and ways to make things comfortable for you.

Who Do I Contact If I Have A Dental Emergency?

Even if the clinic is under COVID-19 restrictions as per the Australian Dental Association and the AHPPC, you can still call us on (02) 9131 4112 and we will answer your call, or leave a message if we are speaking with other patients and we will get back to you as soon as possible. You can also email
We are currently operating as an emergency dental service, with all routine dental treatment needing to be delayed until the current climate improves.

Preventing Dental Emergencies

We all know that prevention is better than cure! Although routine examinations can’t be in place right now, once we can make sure you stay in touch and have your usual twice-yearly dental check ups. This way it’s much less likely to have something unexpected or painful come about in your mouth.

Unsure it’s a dental emergency or have an enquiry?

We are still here for you.

If you’re not sure it’s a dental emergency, it’s better to be safe than sorry and contact us for advice.

At Wellness Dental Bronte our caring dentists are experienced in dealing with all dental emergencies that may arise, so not matter how serious or trivial, we are here for you.

We’re here to help. (02) 9131 4112,

In the meantime, take care, and stay well.

Your partner in Health.

Dr Yvonne Monte and the team at Wellness Dental Bronte.

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