Dental emergencies

Dental emergencies

MC Dental provides exceptional emergency dental care in Melbourne. Our emergency dentists are skilled at handling all dental emergencies. We understand that when a dental emergency occurs it needs agile attention. Our team of professional dentists are here to help you with your dental emergencies during the COVID-19 period, which is in line with the government safe practice protocols.

At MC Dental we encourage patients to call us immediately for advice and a solid plan of action. 

Common dental emergencies:

  • A lost filling
  • Toothache
  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Impacted wisdom teeth
  • A loose tooth.
  • A missing tooth
  • Tooth abscess
  • Gum abscess
  • Swelling or bleeding
  • Braces or retainers causing irritation
  • Knocked out tooth
  • Injury to the jaw
  • Bitten tongue or lip where bleeding doesn’t stop
  • Objects wedged between the teeth

Our experienced dentists can assess the damage as well as commence treatment to provide immediate relief from pain and suffering.

In some cases, for example, if a tooth is knocked out, it is essential to see an emergency dentist as soon as possible. Teeth can often be saved if immediate action is taken.

We are open seven days a week.

For all dental emergencies, please give MC Dental a call on (03) 8608 8968.

What should you do in a dental emergency?

When a dental emergency occurs, it can be a very stressful and painful time. You need a solution and need it fast! At MC Dental, we encourage people to call us immediately for advice and a solid plan of action. We always try our best to accommodate patients who have the misfortune of having experienced a dental emergency, and our dentists are experts in solving a wide range of problems.

The Australian Dental Association (ADA) has excellent advice for measures that you can take in the event of an emergency. Do not leave it until it’s too late, read these tips NOW:


Very persistent toothache is always a sign that you need to see a dentist as soon as practicable. In the meantime, you should try to obtain relief by rinsing the mouth with water and trying to clean out debris from any obvious cavities. Use dental floss to remove any food that might be trapped within the cavity (especially between the teeth). If swelling is present, place a cold compress to the outside of the cheek (DO NOT HEAT). Take pain relief if necessary, using pain medicines that you know are safe. Remember, no pain relief tablets will work directly on the tooth. They must be swallowed as directed. If placed on the tooth, they can cause more trouble (especially aspirin).

Braces or retainers:

If a wire is irritating, cover the end of the wire with a small cotton ball or a piece of gauze or soft wax. If a wire is embedded in the cheek, tongue or gum tissue, DO NOT attempt to remove it: Let the dentist do it. If there is a loose or broken appliance, GO TO THE ORTHODONTIST OR DENTIST.

Knocked out tooth:

If dirty, rinse the tooth in milk holding it by the crown (not roots). If not available use water (few seconds only) or have patient suck it clean, then put the tooth back in the socket. If the tooth cannot be replanted, wrap in Glad Wrap or place it in milk or in the patient’s mouth inside the cheek. Go to a dentist within 30 minutes if you can. Time is critical for successful replanting.

Chipped or Broken tooth:

Try to clean debris from the injured area with warm water. If caused by a blow, place a cold compress on the face next to the injured tooth to minimize swelling. Try to find all the bits that are missing and bring them to the dentist, keeping them moist. Some broken bits can be bonded back onto the teeth almost invisibly. Go to the dentist as soon as practicable.

Bitten tongue or lip:

Apply direct pressure to the bleeding area with a clean cloth. If swelling is present, apply a cold compress. If bleeding does not stop readily or the bite is severe, go to the dentist or hospital.

Objects wedged between teeth:

Try to remove the object with dental floss. Guide the floss in carefully so as not to cut the gums. If unsuccessful, go to a dentist.

Remember, call MC Dental first if you have a dental emergency. Phone the clinic on 8608 8968. We are here to help you with all your dental needs.

Need dental help now?

Call MC Dental. Our Docklands, Westfield Doncaster and Melbourne Central clinics are open 7 days.