Emergency Services

If you’ve ever woken up with a toothache, you already know how disruptive it can be. The pain makes it difficult to concentrate, sleep and eat. In all cases, dental pain is not normal, and in most cases, it will not go away on its own.

Toothaches and other dental emergencies can happen to the best of us, but you can be reassured that at Western Smiles Dental Care, we prioritise urgent situations. We welcome you to contact us, and we’ll do our best to see you on the same day. Our Mirrabooka, WA dental clinic team will provide the palliative care to try to make you more comfortable, then book a follow-up appointment if more treatment is necessary.

One of the most difficult things about a dental emergency is knowing whether or not you are actually experiencing one. Here are some guidelines.

Assessing the Urgency of Your Situation

Of course, when you are in doubt about your situation, we invite you to give us a call. Our experienced team can provide advice over the phone, then get you set up for a booking as needed.

The following situations are generally considered to be an emergency:

  • Toothache or any oral pain
  • Swelling in the gums or facial area
  • Sudden discolouration
  • Severe sensitivity
  • A tooth that is broken
  • A tooth that is knocked out completely or loosened
  • Damaged or lost restorations, including fillings and crowns
  • Damaged dentures
  • If you have significant facial or mouth swelling, or if your eye, breathing or swallowing is affected, you must immediately present to your nearest hospital emergency department.

If you have been in an accident or suffered a blow to the face and think your jaw has been broken, you should go to the nearest emergency department.

When a Tooth Has Been Knocked Out

Perhaps one of the most critical emergencies any patient might face is when a tooth has been completely knocked out of its socket. Time is of the essence if saving your tooth is going to be possible, so if this happens to you, it’s crucial that you seek treatment immediately.

Here are some steps to take to try to protect your tooth until you can get to the dental clinic:

  • Place the tooth back in its socket after wiping and clean off any dirt. Do not rinse the tooth in water or disturb the root of the tooth.
  • If you cannot get it to stay back in the socket, you can also protect it by holding it between your cheek and gum (taking care not to swallow it) or place it in a small container covered with milk or saliva.
  • If you have suffered trauma to the mouth and are experiencing excessive bleeding, drive to the nearest emergency department, dial 000 for emergency services or call 112 from your mobile.
  • If you have significant facial or mouth swelling, or if your eye, breathing or swallowing is affected, you must immediately present to your nearest hospital emergency department.

Avoiding Dental Emergencies

Most people are surprised to learn that many dental emergencies can be avoided with routine check-ups at the dentist. Many dental issues can be identified and addressed while they are still minor problems—before they become painful dental emergencies.

We welcome your call to Western Smiles Dental Care, whether you are scheduling a routine booking or if you are experiencing a dental emergency. Remember that dental pain rarely goes away on its own and may worsen without treatment.