What you should do in a dental emergency?

You never think it will happen to you but then one day, there you are, mouth throbbing, spitting out blood. You’re in the middle of a dental emergency. So, what should you do? First off, call Walkerston Dental in Walkerston and book yourself an emergency dental appointment in Mackay. We’ll do our best to see you the same day you call and if we can’t, we’ll aim to get you seen at our other practice in Mackay, Northern Beaches Dental.

With your emergency dental appointment in Mackay all booked in, you’re still facing minutes or perhaps even a couple of hours until you can get yourself to us. In that time, it’s handy to know what you can do to help yourself.

Emergency Dental Appointment in MackayA knocked-out tooth

If you can find it, pick it up by the crown, not the root. The roots of your teeth have delicate fibres attached to them, which are easily damaged. You need to keep your knocked-out tooth in as good a condition as possible so that you have the best chances of getting it re-attached. With that in mind, try to put it back into the socket from which it got knocked out. If that is too painful, store it in a container of your saliva or in milk.

If your mouth is bleeding, apply clean gauze to the area and hold it there until the bleeding has stopped.

Then get yourself and your tooth to us within 2 hours and we’ll do our best to re-attach your tooth.

Chipped tooth

Once again, find those pieces of tooth. Rinse your mouth and the pieces of your tooth in warm water. Then get to us as soon as possible to repair your tooth.


Rinse your mouth in warm water and use floss to remove any food debris lodged between your teeth, which may be causing the pain. Use over-the-counter painkillers if necessary, but don’t apply any pain relief directly to your gums. To reduce swelling, apply a cold compress against your cheek.

If you aren’t sure what to do in a dental emergency, don’t worry. When you call us to book your emergency dental appointment in Mackay, we can advise you.