most common dental emergencies

The 4 Most Common Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies can happen to anyone, at any time. They can be most uncomfortable, very painful, and getting help as soon as possible is the only answer. 

To prevent any further damage and ease the pain before getting to the dentist, there are a few things you need to know about in an emergency dental situation. 

With this in mind, following are some of the more common dental emergencies that you may experience at least once in your lifetime, and what you can do to ease the pain quickly.

Cracked Tooth

There are a number of ways this can happen, but eating something hard like a lolly, for example, can lead to your tooth cracking or becoming fractured.

If you are unfortunate enough to have this happen to you, you should call a dentist immediately. 

If you are experiencing pain as a result of this, then you may need to head straight to the chemist to get some over the counter pain killers. 

Depending on the severity of the crack or fracture, you may experience swelling of the gums and even the face or jaw. 

If that is the case, ice packs can also be used to reduce any swelling on the face or jaw and also help to ease the pain.

Knocked Out Tooth

Having a tooth knocked out is not all that uncommon, particularly if you play sport.

Below are some of the things that you should do to ensure that your tooth is saved in time for reattachment.

  • If you are able to find the tooth, hold it carefully by the crown, and not the root.

You should then rinse it off quickly with some milk, or clean water. No chemicals or soap should be used to clean it.

  • Once it is clean, it is advised for you to try and place it back inside its socket and hold it in place temporarily if possible. 

This process may seem unorthodox, but if you can do it, the better it will be for your tooth. 

It is also crucial to put it back in the correct way; it should not be placed backwards.

  • If by any chance you’re unable to put it back in, you should keep it in a glass of milk. 

If there is no milk available, then you have no choice but to try and put it back into its socket and hold it in place to keep it moist before you see a dentist.

  • Then, of course, you then need to rush to the dentist ASAP to try and have the tooth reattached. If you’re lucky the tooth can be saved.

Pain When Biting Down

If you experience pain while biting down, it could mean that you have a cracked tooth, tooth decay, infection, or root exposure. 

It could also show that you have an abscess

Some of the causes for this pain could be due to grinding your teeth at night, injury, or even eating too many sugary sweets. 

If the pain is minimal, you could use some painkillers to ward off the pain before they see a dentist. 

However, as much as these painkillers may reduce the pain, it is crucial not to ignore seeing a dentist. 

They will check out the source of the pain and find a solution to the problem.


If you experience some bleeding in your oral cavity, you should not take this lightly. This is because it could be an early sign of gingivitis. 

It is vital to ensure that you see a dentist as soon as possible if you experience blood on your toothbrush or dental floss. 

Also, if you find blood in your saliva, it may mean that you have an advanced stage of gum disease. 

It is therefore essential to take this seriously as this can be an indicator of more severe problems.

Although human teeth may be replaceable, it is still vital for people to take care of their teeth with good oral hygiene, maintaining a healthy diet and drinking lots of water. 

If you need to visit the dentist for any type of dental procedure, then look no further than Gardens Dental.

Gardens Dental offers a full array of dental services in Taylors Lakes to help you and your family maintain healthy teeth. 

To learn more about our services or make an appointment, please contact us today on (03) 9449 2626 or through our website