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Emergencies

Man with toothache touching cheek

A dental emergency could be

  • facial swelling
  • bleeding (trauma affecting your mouth)
  • an accident involving damage to your mouth or teeth.
  • dental pain (e.g. in teeth, mouth, gum, jaw)
  • lost filling
  • broken denture

Am I eligible?

You are eligible if you are:

  • a Western Australian current Health Care or Pension Concession Card holder aged 17 and over, or a child below 4 years old
  • A child aged 5 to 16 attending a school
  • A member of any community living in remote locations without access to a private dentist. However, if you don't have a Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card you will be required to pay the full fee

If you or your child are not eligible for our service, please contact your local private dentist.

Where can I get treatment?

We provide emergency dental care for eligible school children and adults. 

School Dental Service  

Weekdays (Monday to Friday, working hours) contact your closest School Dental Therapy Centre.

Adult Dental Service

Weekdays (Monday to Friday, working hours) contact your closest Public Dental Clinic.

People living in country locations can also get emergency dental care from private dentists participating in the Country Patients' Dental Subsidy Scheme. Further information is available by telephoning (08) 9313 0555.

Weekends and Public Holidays

The Oral Health Centre of Western Australia offers an emergency service between 2 and 5pm on weekends and public holidays at their clinic in E Block at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, phone (08) 6457 7626.

Night-time emergency service

You may call the after-hours emergency advice service on 1800 098 818 for information on dealing with dental emergencies.

This advice service operates between 6:30pm and 8:00am every day of the week.

What do I do if a tooth is knocked out?

 

Pick up tooth by crown (whiter part)

Don't delay - time is critical

Keep calm and find the tooth

Pick up the tooth by the crown (whiter part) and avoid touching the root.

DO NOT hold or rub the root surface or let the tooth dry, as the living cell lining the root of the tooth could become damaged and die.

DO NOT put the tooth on ice or keep in water.

DO NOT remove any tissue or gum fragments from the tooth.

DO NOT replant a baby tooth. There is a risk of injury to the underlying adult tooth. If in doubt place the tooth in milk and seek dental advice.
 

Rinse tooth in milk

If the tooth is dirty, rinse it in milk. If milk is not available, rinse briefly (a few seconds) under cold tap water, NOT in antiseptic.

Put the tooth back into the socket. Use the other teeth as a guide.

To keep the tooth in place either bite on a cloth or use finger pressure. Aluminium foil can be used to help stabilise the tooth.

If UNABLE TO PLACE THE TOOTH IN THE SOCKET, keep moist by following one of these alternatives...

  • Place the tooth in person’s mouth between the cheek and gums

    OR
     
  • Put the tooth in a glass of milk

    OR
     
  • Cover the tooth with the person’s saliva and wrap in plastic cling (Glad) wrap

DO NOT STORE IN WATER

Get dental help IMMEDIATELY