Signs of a dental emergency from our dentist

There are few things in life more concerning than an emergency with your health. Except, potentially, an emergency with your dental health, as many people do not like attending dental check-ups at the best of times. Let alone when they are afraid and in discomfort! dentist-walkerston

However, what you may not know is that some dental emergencies do not present with discomfort as a symptom. But will still require same-day treatment to resolve them successfully and to prevent any secondary problems from occurring.

At Walkerston Dental, our team can offer emergency appointments to our patients and our dentist Walkerston will always aim to fit you in within 24 hours of you contacting the surgery. We will take the time to diagnose the underlying issue and will treat you with TLC, to ensure that you feel comfortable when attending your emergency appointment.

So what are some of the key signs to look out for that you may need to see our emergency dentist Walkerston? Read on to find out!


Discomfort is one of the most universal symptoms of a dental emergency and our dentist Walkerston will be on hand with some local anaesthetic if needed, to help you manage the discomfort. It is worth noting that dental discomfort is usually a sign of an abscess or an impacted tooth, so you may need to come back after the emergency appointment to have these issues resolved.


Swelling is also another universal indicator that there is a problem in your mouth, usually with something like an abscess or indeed an impacted tooth. But it can also point to severe gum disease or if it is located in one part of the mouth, cancer. So if you notice any swelling in your jaw, under your chin or anywhere in your mouth, please call our team for an emergency appointment.

Cracks and chips

Cracks and chips are more common in those who engage in contact sports or children. However, you should not overlook them as they can be the first step in a cavity forming and potentially an abscess if they are left untreated. This is because they expose the pulp and dentine of the tooth to bacteria in the mouth. Luckily, cracks and chips are easily remedied with treatments such as composite fillings.

Loose teeth

Loose teeth can be an incredibly concerning symptom, but will usually occur if you have recently suffered a trauma to the face, or if you have untreated gum disease. In the first instance, we will attempt to splint the tooth to the nearest stable tooth in the mouth to prevent it from moving and falling out. In the latter, we will treat the underlying gum disease and will then attempt to use a splint once it has been resolved.


Once again, blunt force trauma to the face can cause bleeding in the mouth. If after 20 minutes of applying clean gauze to the wound it does not stop, you need to see your team to have the site stitched to prevent further blood loss.


All treatments carry risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.