Signs of a dental emergency from our dentist

Nobody likes a medical emergency. And even fewer people like having a dental emergency!

Typically associated with swelling, sleepless nights and relentless discomfort, a dental emergency is not something to be scoffed at. In some cases, it can even be life-threatening, and so, it is something you really don’t want to avoid getting treated.

But were you aware that the majority of dental emergencies do not present with extensive discomfort?

At Kooringal Dental, our emergency dentist Wagga is always happy to see patients when they are in intense distress from a dental emergency and will work to make you feel as comfortable as possible. We pride ourselves on aiming to offer an appointment within 24 hours of you contacting our team and will endeavour to have you leave our surgery feeling better and able to get on with your day.

So, what are some of the most common dental emergencies that our dentist Wagga sees? Read on to find out.


OK, so while we said that not all dental emergencies present with discomfort, this one usually does.

One of the most common reasons why someone will come to see our dentist Wagga for a same-day appointment is because of a dental abscess. An abscess is an infected tooth, which can lead to swelling, discolouration of the gum and intense discomfort. So, of all of the dental emergencies, this is the one least likely to fly under the radar.

If left untreated, an abscess can cause sepsis, so don’t hesitate to contact us if you suspect that you have one!

Lost fillings and crowns

Another dental emergency that may or may not present with discomfort is a lost filling or crown. Both of these restoratives are placed to prevent a tooth from disintegrating further and are used to restore parts of a tooth lost to decay. However, they can and often do come loose, causing potential discomfort.

If you suspect you have a loose or lost restorative (usually identifiable through sensitivity), call our team for an emergency appointment.

Cracked or chipped teeth

It may not seem as intense as an abscess or a lost filling but yes, a cracked or chipped tooth is considered a dental emergency. The area requires a filling, to prevent decay from getting under the tooth, which can lead to abscess and further discomfort. So, if you spot a crack on one of your teeth, do not hesitate to contact our team.

Loose teeth

Another common emergency that we see is a loose tooth or teeth. This can be caused by untreated and aggressive gum disease or may be the result of trauma to the face.

In any case, if you can feel that one or more of your teeth are wobbling, please book an appointment. Depending on the condition of the tooth, we will either extract it or splint it to hold it in place.


Dental bleeds are surprisingly common, especially if you play contact sports or have recently had a dental operation. If your oral bleed does not slow after 20 minutes of continued pressure, then you need to see our team as soon as possible.


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


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