It’s easy to panic in any emergency, and dental emergencies are no different. However, being prepared can make these stressful situations much more manageable. So, here are five common dental emergencies and our tips on how to handle them with confidence.

What is a Dental Emergency?

A dental emergency involves any injury or condition that requires immediate attention to save a tooth, stop bleeding, or alleviate severe pain. Dental emergencies can happen suddenly and often without warning, making it crucial to know what to do when they occur.

Knocked-Out Tooth

A knocked-out tooth is a typical dental emergency, especially in sports or accidents. If a tooth is knocked out, try to find it but handle it by the crown (the part visible in the mouth), not the root. Rinse it gently with water if it’s dirty, but don’t scrub it or remove any attached tissue. If possible, try to place the tooth back in its socket, but if you can’t, keep it moist by placing it in a container of milk or a saline solution and see a dentist immediately. The chances of saving the tooth are higher if you visit a dentist within an hour.

Chipped or Broken Tooth

If you chip or break a tooth, rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the area, and if possible, save any pieces of the tooth. Apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth to reduce swelling, and use over-the-counter pain relievers to help manage the pain. Visit your dentist as soon as possible to repair the tooth.


The common causes of toothache are cavities, infections, and gum disease. First, rinse your mouth with warm water and use dental floss to remove any food particles trapped between your teeth. Don’t place aspirin or other painkillers directly on your gums near the aching tooth, as this can burn the gum tissue. Take over-the-counter tablets to help manage your pain, and if it persists, contact Dentists at Dandenong to diagnose and treat the underlying cause.

Lost Filling or Crown

Losing a filling or crown can be painful because it often exposes the sensitive part of your tooth. If this happens to you, try to keep the area clean and avoid chewing on that side of your mouth. You can use dental cement, which is available at most pharmacies, to temporarily reattach the crown or protect the exposed area, but make an appointment with us as soon as possible, and we’ll fix the issue permanently.


A dental abscess is a serious infection that can form at the root of a tooth or in the gums. It often causes severe pain, swelling, and a pus-filled bump on your gum. To help reduce pain and draw out the pus, rinse your mouth with a mild saltwater solution several times a day. Do not attempt to pop the abscess. Ring us for an emergency dental appointment, as abscesses can lead to more serious health issues if left untreated.

Are You Prepared for Dental Emergencies?

Dental emergencies can be stressful, but knowing what to do can help you remain calm and take the right action. At Dentists of Dandenong, our experienced team is here to help you through your dental emergency. We service clients in all local areas including Dandenong North, Noble Park, Keysborough, Springvale and Endeavour Hills. Keep our contact information handy, and reach out if you face a dental emergency. Your oral health and peace of mind are our top priorities.


What to Do When a Dental Emergency Strikes