When Should You See a Dentist for an Emergency?

How can you tell whether or not your current situation warrants itself as an actual, true “dental emergency?”

It’s not a silly question to ask! At Centre for Dentistry, our emergency dentists in Brighton and Ferntree Gully frequently see patients who have a serious dental concern but aren’t sure whether their situation calls for immediate care.

Here are a few examples of when you should call us straightaway, even if you aren’t in pain:


A chipped front tooth: Even if it’s not painful, a broken front tooth can cause significant embarrassment when you go out into public. It requires the same urgent attention that a severe toothache does.


A crown or filling that has fallen out: Although not as urgent as a broken front tooth, having a crown or filling fall out may make it impossible to go to work, talk, or eat.


Swelling or bleeding: An abscessed tooth or severe dental infection can spread to the brain if it isn’t treated in a timely manner.


Pain when you eat: It’s not logical to skip meals. If you can’t eat without experiencing moderate to severe discomfort, the problem won’t go away on its own.


Pain that won’t go away. Some toothaches pop up for no apparent reason. If it’s painful enough that it’s preventing you from your normal activities, you need to see a dentist instead of treating the symptoms with an over the counter pain reliever.


Same Day Emergency Care

If you’re in pain, experiencing embarrassment, or require immediate attention, Centre for Dentistry will make every effort to see you straightaway at our practice in Brighton or Ferntree Gully. Please contact us and one of our staff will direct you what to do, especially if you are calling outside of business hours.

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