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Emergency Dentist in Brisbane

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No matter what type of dental pain you’re experiencing, our emergency dentist office in Brisbane is at your disposal every day of the week to deal with your urgent dental problems.
We know how to tackle and treat a wide range of dental issues and treatments, be it a simple chipped tooth, a knocked-out tooth, or dental trauma and facial swelling.

After Hours Bookings For Emergency Dentist Brisbane, 7 Days A Week!

We are one of the most specialised emergency dentists in Brisbane. Our surgery is one of very few in Brisbane that is open for treatment seven days a week, all year round.
MGA Dental Brisbane has been offering Brisbane emergency dental services for over 18 years.

We also offer after-hours emergency dental services for urgent dental treatments. Our clinic operates on an appointment basis, so give us a call, and we will do our best to suit your dental needs.

MGA Dental Emergency Dentistry in Brisbane is made up of a group of dentists who are experienced in dealing with urgent dental emergencies. You can find the list of the most common dental emergencies that we encounter below.

Common Emergency Dental Problems And What To Do Next

Have A Toothache?

    If you are unable to reach us outside of our clinic hours, you can follow these emergency treatment steps:

    1. Take 2 Nurofen (ibuprofen).
    2. Wait three hours, then take 2 Panadol (paracetamol).
    3. Wait three hours, and repeat this cycle until your appointment. Make sure not to exceed the recommended dosage of ibuprofen or paracetamol.

    Following these steps will help you manage any pain until your scheduled appointment to see your dentist for treatment options. If you need to contact us after hours, you can leave a message on our answering machine and we will get back to you as practical. Alternatively, you can use our booking form to schedule the next available appointment.

Chipped A Tooth Or Lost A Filling?

If you have chipped or fractured teeth, or if you have fillings that are cracked or missing, you may experience food buildup that can lead to tooth decay. This can result in sensitivity to hot and cold foods, drinks, and air. Pain while chewing is also a common symptom of dental decay, so it is important to take care of your teeth.

If these problems are left untreated, the dental pulp inside the tooth may become damaged, leading to severe toothaches. It is essential to address chipped teeth and lost fillings early to maintain a healthy and pain-free mouth. Repairing broken teeth can help prevent tooth loss and reduce the risk of toothaches or infections.

Our team of experts, including an emergency dentist, is prepared to quickly address these issues. Do not ignore dental problems – seek comprehensive care to keep your smile healthy and comfortable.
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Recognizing Chronic Tooth Pain (A Toothache That Lasts)

There are dentists in Brisbane that don’t consider chronic tooth pain an urgent dental emergency due to the fact that it’s not a sudden occurrence and lasts longer. The reason for a lasting toothache, however, can be something rather serious like dental nerve damage, for example.

This type of problem definitely classifies as URGENT and should not be ignored. It would be best if you got an emergency dentist to check your teeth as soon as you can.

Sometimes a lasting toothache might not be caused by dental problems, but it’s still good to go get it checked so you can find out what the cause is.
A chronic toothache can have a heavy negative effect on your work, keep you from getting proper sleep, prevent you from eating, and even affect your mood by making you depressed and irritable. Don't let a chronic toothache compromise your well-being—reach out to us for expert care to restore comfort and balance to your daily life.

Knocked Out Teeth

To improve the chances of the tooth being saved MGA Dental suggests doing the following:
  • Check the teeth by looking, use a finger if necessary.
  • Try to locate any missing teeth or fragments.
  • Only touch the crown of the tooth.
  • Do not wash or rinse the fragment or tooth, not even with water.
  • If possible, store the fragment of a tooth in milk.
Get to our Brisbane or Gold Coast office as soon as you can. You can also try to slip the tooth back into its socket. In many cases, it will slip right in. If it doesn’t, don’t try to force it. If you can manage to successfully put it back, then bit down on it gently just so that it stays in place until you can get to your emergency dentist in Brisbane.
If it’s a younger child whose tooth was knocked out then it might be better not to let them keep the tooth in their mouth, as it could be easy for them to swallow the lost tooth.

Dentistry Treating Knocked-Out Teeth

A simple treatment procedure is to put the tooth back in place. The dentist will use water to flush debris out of the tooth socket. They will then slip the tooth back into place.

The tooth may be splinted to bordering teeth with plastic resin and orthodontic wire. This will keep the tooth stable so it can reattach and heal properly without the risk of infection. What often does not heal are the nerves and blood vessels that were severed from being knocked out.

When this happens, the colour of your tooth may begin to darken. This usually means you will need to have a root canal treatment.

Facial Swelling

There are a variety of reasons for swellings around the mouth.
Common reasons include:
  • Blocked salivary glands
  • Medication side-effects
  • Poor nutrition
  • Vitamin C deficiency
  • Gingivitis
  • Gum disease
  • Some oral cancers
If the swelling occurs quickly and is accompanied by pain, it could be an indication of a tooth abscess.

Should You Visit the Emergency Room?

As facial swelling can also be an indication of a serious medical condition, visit the emergency dentist immediately if you experience the following:
  • Swelling that visibly increases
  • Discoloration of the skin
  • Swelling that spreads across the face or down the neck


Having a tooth abscess indicates the presence of a bacterial infection that leads to the formation of a pus-filled pocket. Abscesses can develop in different areas of the tooth due to various reasons. For instance, a periapical abscess forms at the root tip, while a periodontal abscess occurs in the gum vicinity of a tooth root.

Abscesses are typically very painful and do not resolve on their own. Therefore, immediate treatment is necessary. Failure to address the infection promptly can result in serious consequences, such as the spread of the infection to the bloodstream and other body areas, leading to sepsis, a potentially life-threatening condition.

How Is A Tooth Abscess Treated?

Your dentist or GP has the authority to prescribe antibiotics in order to prevent the infection from spreading. It is important to note that antibiotics cannot completely cure dental abscesses; they only provide temporary relief.

Since the source of the infection is located deep within the tooth, it must be removed in order to effectively treat the abscess. There are two methods to accomplish this: extraction of the infected tooth or draining of the infection.

If the infection is drained, the interior of the tooth must be thoroughly cleaned and sealed to prevent further infection. This procedure is commonly referred to as root canal therapy.

Toothache in the Back of the Jaw

If you’re experiencing tooth pain in your rear teeth it may be a symptom of:
  • Bruxism (also known as teeth grinding)
  • An impacted wisdom tooth (third molar)
  • Temporomandibular disorder (TMD)

Wisdom Teeth

The majority of adults typically have four (4) wisdom teeth, which are also known as third molars. When a wisdom tooth fails to emerge properly through the gums, it is referred to as an impacted wisdom tooth. These impacted teeth can trap food and become breeding grounds for harmful bacteria, leading to gum infections over time.

Due to limited space in the jaw, many patients end up with misaligned teeth, as the average human dentition consists of 32 teeth. This often results in teeth being positioned in unusual and painful ways.

Wisdom teeth usually erupt after the other teeth have already settled into place, causing issues mostly in patients over the age of 18. As a solution, many individuals choose to have their wisdom teeth extracted to avoid complications.

How MGA Dental Treats Wisdom Teeth

The majority of adults typically have four (4) wisdom teeth, which are also known as third molars. When a wisdom tooth fails to emerge properly through the gums, it is referred to as an impacted wisdom tooth. These impacted teeth can trap food and become breeding grounds for harmful bacteria, leading to gum infections over time.

The procedure itself involves an incision to open the gum. Sometimes a small part of the bone may need to be removed to provide access for wisdom teeth removal.

At the first sign of discomfort, book an appointment before complications develop. Once complications have developed, the problem will be more difficult to solve.

Crown Came Off

Crowns may become loose if there is decay underneath them. This happens because the decay destroys part of the tooth, so it no longer has a tight hold on the crown or filling. These situations rarely require an emergency dentist.

However, once the crown is off, it can be quite painful. Your tooth tissue can be sensitive to temperature, pressure or air. In the event that you lose a crown, put it in a safe place and book an appointment to see us as soon as possible for your dental crown treatment.

You shouldn’t wait too long though. What is left of the tooth will not be as strong as your crown. The longer you wait, the greater the chance the tooth can get damaged.
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Pain After Extraction (Dry Socket)

It is common to experience a “dry socket” after tooth extraction. A common belief is that dry sockets occur when a blood clot has failed to form in the hole left after extracting the tooth. Or the blood clot that did form has been dislodged.

This can interrupt the healing process as the formation of a blood clot plays an important part. Dry sockets are mostly associated with complex tooth extractions or ones that have been traumatic in nature. An extraction that involves the removal of bone from around a tooth in order for the dentist to access it would be considered to be more traumatic in nature than one in which this step would not be required.

You can reduce the chances of developing a dry socket by following your dentist’s recommendations. Dry sockets are more common in women (even more so in women using oral contraceptives), people above the age of 30, and smokers.

Dry sockets manifest themselves in a form of dull throbbing pain. This usually appears three or four days after the extraction of a tooth. The pain can be moderate to severe and often seems to radiate from the area of the site to the ear. Dry sockets typically create a foul odour or bad taste.

If you can see down into the socket and you can see exposed bone that appears “dry” without pus, then you’re likely to have a dry socket. Most times a dentist will place a medicated dressing into a dry socket as a way to help soothe and moderate the pain.

The dressing should be replaced every 24 hours until the symptoms subside, which can, in some cases, take several days.

If the pain persists and disrupts your daily life, it's crucial to seek immediate attention. Contact our emergency dentist at MGA Dental for prompt and effective relief. Don't let discomfort linger—your oral health is our priority.

Broken Dentures

Broken dentures are an urgent matter and are considered an emergency as they can cause a massive disruption to a denture wearer’s life. Without dentures, the patient won’t be able to speak and eat properly. Even though dentures can withstand the pressure of the jawbone, they can break for a variety of reasons.

A denture is vulnerable if you drop it onto a hard surface. They can also be damaged by heat if you use boiling water to clean them. See an emergency dentist immediately to repair your broken denture. We always work as efficiently as possible to ensure your dentures are repaired as soon as possible.

If the damage is extensive, it might take a little more time for your dentist to repair your dentures.

Dentures can break for a variety of reasons, despite withstanding the pressure of the jawbone.

Root Canal Treatment

This treatment is used to repair and save a badly decayed or infected tooth. The dentist will perform urgent treatment procedures if they determine the nerve of the tooth is infected or the pulp is damaged. The procedure will involve nerve and pulp removal, cleaning the inside of the tooth and sealing it.

Symptoms you might need a root canal:
  • Severe pain upon chewing or application of pressure
  • Prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold temperatures
  • Discoloration (a darkening) of the tooth
  • Swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums
  • A persistent or recurring pimple on the gums
  • Sometimes no symptoms are present

Alternative to a Root Canal

The root canal procedure is the dental treatment of choice at any dental clinic. An alternative is to go through tooth extraction and replace that tooth with a bridge, implant, or removable partial denture.

This will restore the ability to chew and prevent adjacent teeth from shifting. These alternatives require more treatment time and additional procedures on adjacent teeth and supporting tissues.
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Lip And Gum Injuries

Trauma to the lips, tongue and mouth tissue is quite common. Cuts inside the mouth tend to bleed heavily because of the rich supply of blood in the area. If you have a cut in your mouth, rinse it with salt water.

Apply a cold compress to the swollen or bruised lip. If there is bleeding, apply pressure with a clean cloth for at least 5 minutes. The ice pack will help limit swelling, bleeding, and discomfort. You should seek medical care if:

To clean cuts inside the mouth, rinse with salt water. If your lip is swollen or bruised, apply a cold compress. If there is bleeding, apply pressure with a clean cloth for at least 5 minutes. Using ice can help limit swelling, bleeding and discomfort. Wrap crushed ice in clean gauze or a clean piece of cloth and hold it on the affected area.

Seek medical care of our emergency dentist if:
  • You can’t control bleeding with pressure and a cold compress
  • You have a deep cut
  • A cut crosses the border between the lip and facial skin
  • The lip is punctured
  • There are signs of infection
  • Swelling of the neck or floor of mouth occurs
To prevent lip and tongue injuries while participating in sports, it is recommended to wear a mouth guard. The MGA Dental dentist Brisbane team is able to design a customized mouth guard specifically for you. Get in touch with our office for further details.

Gum Disease Treatment

Have you got swollen or inflamed gums? Do you have a problem with bleeding gums when you brush your teeth? These are all possible signs of gingivitis, which is an early sign of gum disease. If you don’t get treatment for gingivitis, it can turn into Periodontitis.

Periodontitis is much more serious and can result in bone loss of the supporting jawbones if not given proper dental treatment. This can eventually result in the loss of teeth.

So if you’re noticing any of these symptoms, recognize them as urgent and get in contact with your emergency dentist in Brisbane as soon as you can!

When should you contact us? What constitutes a dental emergency?

Frequently, our patients are uncertain whether their issue constitutes a dental emergency that requires immediate attention within 24 hours. Our general recommendation is that if you are experiencing a toothache and experiencing discomfort, it is considered a dental emergency! Contact us without delay.

Even minor dental emergencies can impact the tissues within the teeth. Prompt treatment will increase the chances of saving damaged teeth.

An injury to the tooth resulting in structural damage, even if there is little pain, is still considered an emergency. Chips and fractures can impact the inner living tissue of the tooth, leading to potential future issues.

Our emergency dental team in Brisbane can help prevent further damage, including lost fillings and crowns. Even without symptoms, a tooth without its support can weaken and may require more extensive treatment if it breaks or crumbles.

Seeking immediate dental care can increase the likelihood of repairing the damage with minimal intervention. Please note that after-hours appointments are strictly for emergencies and subject to staff availability.

There may be a call-out fee for emergency appointments in Brisbane, depending on if staff need to return to the clinic. You will be informed of any fees when scheduling your appointment.

Can You Avoid Dental Emergency?

Unexpected situations can catch us off guard and can impact almost anyone. Fortunately, there are measures you can implement to protect yourself from emergencies and minimize the chances of them occurring.

Regular appointments with your dentist in Brisbane for check-ups, along with occasional dental x-rays, will assist in maintaining good oral hygiene and dental care.

If you or your children are involved in contact sports, it is advisable and prudent to use mouthguards to prevent potential injuries that could lead to an emergency.

How To Find Emergency Dentists in Brisbane

Situated at 202 Pinelands Road in Sunnybank Hills on the phone: (07)3273 3343, our office is easily accessible by all means of transport catering for patients from South and North Brisbane. Ample parking is available on Seeana Street or on the clinic’s driveway. If travelling by bus, there is a stop-off just across the street.

MGA emergency dental clinic has recently been refurbished—as it was our very first clinic—for a refreshingly modern feel! Our dental surgeries integrate the latest technologies, including overhead LCD screens and a wide array of movies to keep you entertained while we take care of your smile.

We respect your busy lifestyle and value your time, so we operate extended hours for your convenience. Our dental clinic is open on Saturday and Sunday catering for emergency dental appointments, as well as the emergency after-hours service, 7 days a week including public holidays.

There are a number of reasons why you may need to seek Brisbane Emergency Dentist. At MGA Dental all of our dentists are experienced in dealing with a wide variety of dental emergencies if you require urgent care.

Book An Appointment For Emergency Dental Treatment

Encountering a dental emergency can be both distressing and abrupt, whether it's a toothache, wisdom teeth issue, or sports-related injury striking at the most inconvenient moments. Traditional emergency rooms and hospitals often find themselves overwhelmed and unprepared to handle urgent dental care. Fortunately, our doors are open, and our highly trained emergency dentists are prepared to assist patients in Brisbane emergency. If you're facing a emergency, reach out to our clinic at 07 3273 3343 to book emergency dental appointment. For added convenience, you can book  urgent dental appointments online below with over 24 hours' notice, and our team will follow up with a confirmation call. Trust us for safe and effective treatment across all dental emergencies. Make an appointment for your emergency dental treatment now.
Hospital emergency rooms are typically not equipped for dental treatment for urgent dental care. It's crucial to seek appropriate dental emergency care promptly. If you're facing a dental emergency, we're here to assist you. Whether it's a severe toothache, a chipped or cracked tooth, or an emergency wisdom tooth removal, we're ready to provide faster and more specialized dental emergency care than the hospital emergency room can offer. Your oral health is our priority.