What are dental emergencies? A guide from our dentist


Dental emergencies can be a real pain-literally. They range from mild toothaches to full-blown abscesses, and they require urgent attention to avoid long-term damage or even loss of the tooth.

But many people are unaware of what may constitute an emergency trip to see a dental team and in this article, we aim to highlight some of the most common dental emergencies that we see.

At Brisbane Laser Dentist, we are always on hand to see our patients who may be experiencing a dental emergency. Our emergency dentist Coorparoo will always aim to see patients who contact us with a dental emergency within 24 hours, allowing you to get back on track and on with your day. Great!

So, what are some emergencies to keep an eye out for, and what are the symptoms? Read on to find out.


An abscess is a pus-filled lesion that forms in response to infection. In the case of a dental abscess, the infection occurs in the tooth pulp or the gums around the tooth. The symptoms vary depending on the location and severity of the abscess but can include pain, swelling, redness, and fever. They can also cause dental sensitivity as well as discolouration of the gum. If you notice any of these symptoms, please contact our emergency dentist Coorparoo.

Lost filling

A lost filling is a common dental emergency that our dentist Coorparoo see’s almost daily.It can cause pain and sensitivity, and it can lead to further damage to the tooth if left untreated. The symptoms can also include discomfort or sensitivity in the tooth, swelling or soreness in the gums around the tooth, difficulty chewing or biting down or a sharp edge on the filling cavity. These symptoms also apply to a lost crown so, if you notice them, please call our team ASAP!

Impacted tooth

When a tooth becomes impacted, it means that the tooth has not erupted fully into the mouth. This can occur for a variety of reasons, such as when there is not enough space in the jaw for the tooth to grow properly, or when the tooth is blocked by another tooth.

The most common symptom of an impacted tooth is pain. This pain can be caused by the pressure that the impacted tooth is putting on other teeth, or by the inflammation and infection that can occur with an impacted tooth. Other symptoms include swelling and redness around the gum line, bad breath, and headaches.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to see our team right away.

Dental bleed

Dental bleeds can be caused by trauma or gingivitis, but if you have a persistent bleed that is not responding to pressure applied with clean gauze after 20 seconds, then you need to see our team. We will apply stitches if needed to stop further blood loss and identify the cause.


Most people have had ulcers at some time in their life, but if you have recurring ulcers in your mouth that are yellow, bleeding, or grow to the size of a 5-pence piece, call our team as soon as you can.


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